Kondotty: The Airport Authority of India has decided to reduce the length of the runway at Karipur International Airport, thereby putting a bar over any possible future expansion in the airport. It is feared that the move could also affect the service of large aircraft from the airport. It is learned that the runway will be reduced from 2860m to 2560m once the works are completed by December.
The move from the airport authority comes amid strong protests against the reduction in the length of the runway. However, it was learned that the runway length is reduced to increase the length of the ridge (runway end safety area) on both ends of the runway.
The decision of the Airport Authority is a major setback for the airport. There are also fears that this could affect large carriers from landing including much-discussed Hajj flights. The airport advisory council, which met on Monday, had also demanded that the length of the runway should not be reduced.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the airport advisory committee, MP Abdussamad Samadani MLA said that the decision to reduce the length of the runway at Karipur is highly reprehensible. He called on the authorities to back off from the move, which could hamper the resumption of major air services.