According to informed sources, Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) the operator of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIAB), has commenced activities on constructing the second parallel runway on the south side of the airport. The airport is targeting completion of the new runway in two years.
The new runway will be parallel to the existing runway, 4,000 metres long, again like the existing runway, but will be 60 meters wide to accommodate Code-F aircraft like the Airbus A380 superjumbo. There will be a dual parallel cross taxi-way on the east end of the existing runway. This is similar to the one near terminal 3 at New Delhi IGI airport. The taxiway system on the existing runway will be strengthened as part of the second runway construction as shown in grey. The construction master contract has been bagged by L&T.
As Bangalore Aviation understands, the earthworks has been bagged by SVEC construction and two other companies. The engineering drawing shows the large scale levelling involved. Red shows the areas to be excavated and blue the areas to be filled. The work will be divided into four zones, each with four excavators and about 15 trucks.
A source in BAIL confirmed the new runway will be Cat-III certified. This will address the major disruptions wreaked on travellers when fog hits. The current runway is only Cat-I compliant. There are rumours that BIAL will upgrade the old runway to Cat-III compliance. We feel this is not needed, at this point, since the fog duration and days do not merit a second Cat-III runway at Bangalore.
If the airport uses a left/right naming convention as practised in Kolkata and overseas, the new runway will become 09R/27L and the existing runway will become 09L/27R. For our wiki on runways, read our two-part reference article Airport runways: All you wanted to know but were afraid to ask
We requested BIAL for a comment, but they did not oblige.
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