November 29, 2022

After receiving the required approval from the Directorate Common of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the refurbished and upgraded North Runway at Kempegowda Worldwide Airport, Bengaluru has commenced operations as we speak.

The North Runway was closed for operations since June 2020 and the refurbishment included strengthening of the floor with recent layers of asphalt and the addition of two new taxiways to allow environment friendly runway operations.

The Runway will proceed to be categorised as CAT I however has been enhanced with new installations akin to LED Runway Centreline lighting, Inset Runway Edge Lights and Taxiway Centreline Lighting and two new mid-point Transmissometers. All these installations will likely be commissioned later this yr.

“With the CAT IIIB-equipped South Runway changing into operational since December 6, 2019, these enhancements would provide Bengaluru airport the pliability to function each runways in low visibility and hostile climate circumstances. The improved tools allow plane to take-off from the North Runway with a Runway Visible Vary (RVR) of 125 metres and land at 550 metres RVR. The South Runway is designated as RWY 09R/27L, whereas the North Runway is RWY 09L/27R,” Bangalore Worldwide Airport Restricted (BIAL) mentioned in an announcement.

Bangalore Worldwide Airport Restricted (BIAL) had initially proposed an improve of the North Runway to CAT IIIB. Nevertheless, based mostly on the result of stakeholder consultations and contemplating the drop in site visitors because of the pandemic, the Runway will stay CAT I compliant. As well as, on condition that low visibility climate circumstances at BLR Airport often happen throughout restricted durations every year, one CAT IIIB compliant South Runway ought to suffice for seamless operations, within the close to time period.

The 2 operational runways at Bengaluru airport will present the required impetus to cater to this demand and enhance the expansion of Karnataka and India. The 2 Runways will additional bolster BIAL’s imaginative and prescient to rework Bengaluru airport into the brand new gateway to India.

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