From January 27, 2023, through about four months, Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) will only operate on Sundays undergoing runway maintenance work.
The airport will work on extensive runway repair and re-carpeting until May 31, 2023. On other days other than Sunday and federal holidays, the job will be done from Monday through Saturday. During this time, airlines will run their flights before 9.30 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
In May 2006, the 2,450 m long and 45 m broad concrete runway was opened for use, making MIA the first airport in Karnataka to have not only two runways but also a concrete runway.Since then, routine maintenance has been performed on this runway with hard pavement. According to an announcement from the airport on Sunday, MIA asphalt or blacktopping work will be done in accordance with regulator-specified requirements for the rehabilitation/recarpeting.
Recarpeting the runway will enhance its micro and macro texture, and other related repairs will be planned out over time. Improvements to RESA and the installation of runway centerline lights, which will help aircraft operations at night and in low visibility circumstances, are also included in the re-carpeting work (Runway End Safety Area). According to the committee of inquiry that looked into the disaster of flight IX 1344 at Kozhikode, this will improve safety.
Prior to receiving regulatory permissions, the MIA addressed the re-carpeting project with the relevant airlines and stakeholders. It is vital to note that the MIA has collaborated with the airline partners to ensure that there will be no cancellation of flights to any destination, both local and international, while the flight times are changed to allow the crucial runway re-carpeting work, the airport said.
During the course of the runway re-carpeting procedure, the airport maintained it would maintain the highest engineering and safety standards.