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June 30th, 2012
Chennai Airport runway will be closed for six hours

Chennai: The airport runway will be closed for six hours, as we plan to undertake the rubber removal work in the middle of the airstrip,” said airport director H.S. Suresh.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been doing milling work at the runway without disturbing the schedule of the airlines, but now it has decided to close the runway completely for six hours today to finish the rubber removal work at a stretch at the centre of the airstrip.

“We completed milling work near the Pallavaram end of the runway last week. We will start the rubber removal work at the Trident hotel side of the runway on July 2 and this will go on for five days. During that period only part of the runway will be available for aircraft operations,” said Suresh.

The airport director also said,” AAI is installing a temporary precision approach path indicator (PAPI) that would help pilots in their approach to the airport, before closing part of the runway near the Trident hotel side for repair work”.