As per a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen), the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD) at Ahmedabad will be shut for 9 hours each day starting 3rd January 2022 till May 31, 2022, from 9 am to 6 pm except on public holidays and Sundays for runway repairs.
It must be noted that since late 2020 the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport has been managed by the Adani Group.
“The runway maintenance and closure was initially proposed from 10th November 2021 to 31st May 2022. However, owing to the onset of the festive season and feedback from the industry fraternity we are evaluating the condition and reducing the closure period to make the airport available for our passengers.”
“Accordingly, we have already applied to DGCA for a revised schedule starting from 3rd January 2022 till May 2022 from 9 am to 6 pm except on public holidays and Sundays. This is to ensure reduced passenger inconvenience and a seamless service experience during this period.”Spokesperson for the Ahmedabad Airport saidAdvertisement
The spokesperson added that the work will focus on “Runway Overlaying, Runway Strip Grading and Slope assessment, Runway End Safety Area (RESA) Grading and Slope assessment, along with Stormwater drain construction and Reinstallation of Signages on maneuvering area.”
The schedules of runway maintenance closures are mandatory procedures in line with international safety standards and to ensure aircraft safety and increase runway life.
“Therefore, all the relevant stakeholders under the guidance of the safety regulator have been consulted and given ample notice to revise schedules in order to ensure minimal passengers’ inconvenience during the said period,” the spokesperson added.
On Thursday morning pilots had shared the Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM A1263/21, which was issued on September 12 putting the start date of the airport closure on November 10, 2021, at 3.30 a.m. and end date on May 31, 2022, at 12.30 pm.
The NOTAM had also said that the closure will be excluding Sunday and seven national holidays, the last of which falls on May 3, 2022.