According to airport officials, a portion of Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport will be closed for 9 hours every day until May 31st, beginning today, to allow for runway re-carpeting.
The resurfacing project will take place every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., save on Sundays and public holidays, resulting in at least 52 aircraft coming and departing from the airport being rescheduled for the duration.
“Runway maintenance is to ensure aircraft safety and increase runway life. Runway maintenance closures are mandatory procedures in line with international safety standards. Therefore, all the relevant stakeholders under the guidance of the safety regulator are consulted and given abundant notice to revise schedules in order to ensure minimal passengers’ inconvenience. We are committed to best services to the passengers with safety”, they tweeted
Airport authorities stated that they have taken precautions to guarantee that only minor flight changes occur during this time period so that customers are not inconvenienced. Passengers are encouraged to confirm their flight schedules with their individual carriers.
Adani Group approached the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) last year to postpone the partial shutdown of operations at Ahmedabad airport, which was originally slated to take place between November 2021 and May 2022. At the time, the Adani Group claimed a surge in passenger travel over this year’s holiday season.
The re-carpeting was previously planned for November of last year, but it was postponed owing to the holiday season. The health department reported 10,150 new coronavirus positive cases in Gujarat on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 9,26,240. The death toll from Covid-19 was eight, one of the greatest in a single day in recent months.
“The work will include runway overlaying, runway strip grading and slope assessment, runway end safety area (RESA) grading and slope assessment, along with stormwater drain construction and reinstallation of signages in the maneuvering area,” read a statement issued by an airport spokesperson.
The number of deaths in Gujarat now stands at 10,159, with two deaths each in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Bhavnagar, and one death each in Vadodara and Tapi districts, according to the state bulletin.