Jaipur airport set to handle bigger planes


Jaipur: From Thursday, bigger aircraft like Airbus-320 and Boeing-747 can take off and land from the extended runway at Jaipur airport. Senior officers of Airport Authority of India (AAI), Jaipur, on Monday said that after the completion of runway extension from 9,174 feet to 11,500 feet, the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) too has commissioned the new runway.

"From Thursday morning, our new runway would be operational. I hope various operators will now come to Jaipur to start a direct flight to international destinations," said B K Tailang, director, AAI, Jaipur on Monday. Tailang has also left for China where he is going to meet international airline operators to pursue them to bring flights to Jaipur. "I will tell them about international facilities in Jaipur," Tailang added.

The runway extension and CAT-IIIB light work was already over and now Jaipur airport is geared up for the landing of bigger aircraft. "Earlier, our runway's length was 9,174 feet which was not sufficient for the landing of big aircraft like Boeing 747 and Airbus 320," said an officer.

Though, Jaipur airport was given the international status in 2006 and was equipped with a new terminal building and traffic control, it failed to function fully as an international airport as the runway's length was not 11,500 feet, as required. Initially, the airlines flying to destinations, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai would be allowed to take the extended runway to replace their aircraft with the bigger aircraft and October 2 onwards Jaipur would be directly connected to Singapore. "Scoot airlines has already got permission to fly from Singapore to Jaipur and Jaipur to Singapore from October 2. 

By the end of December, we hope to have direct flight from Jaipur to other international destinations like Bangkok and Malaysia," said an officer. When asked about the countries which are likely to get connected to Jaipur after the completion of whole work, a senior officer said, "We are looking at Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok-Thailand sector and then there would also be increase in flights to the Gulf countries including Muscat and Oman. It will also bring more flights from UAE." He added, "At a later stage, Jaipur would directly be connected with European countries as well."

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