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Goa airport to be closed for three days from Apr 5

Last Updated: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 15:16

Panaji: Goa`s lone airport is heading for an
annual maintenance closure for three days during the day time
from April 5 onwards, forcing airline companies to reschedule
their flights for this coastal destination.

The Indian Navy, which maintains the airstrip, has
announced that the airport will be closed for all civil and
military flying between 7 am and 4 pm from April 5-8.

Navy`s public relation officer Commander Prashant Mathur
said the flights are being rescheduled and necessary measures
taken to avoid inconvenience to the passengers.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) spokesman said that
every day 25-35 flights will have to be rescheduled owing to
the suspension of airstrip during the day time.

The AAI has not received any intimation of cancellations
from the domestic or international flights.

The chartered flights, the spokesman said, were not
scheduled to be operating during these closure days.

Goa airport has maximum traffic early in the morning
following which the airstrip is opened for military

The civil flights arrive back in the afternoon from 1 pm
onwards. "The slot between 1 pm to 4 pm will be affected due
to closure," AAI spokesman said.

Indian navy has said that high density traffic especially
of the wide bodied aircrafts during tourist season and
military operations requires preventive periodic maintenance
of the runway.

"The planned repairs would go a long way forward towards
safe and efficient operations especially during monsoons," the
naval spokesman said.


First Published: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 15:16

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