It’s good that A380 has happened long before the closing of bid documents for the modernization of Kolkata airport. The time was sufficient for the mandarins to accordingly redo the plan. [Image courtesy TT]
As things now stand, the airport is likely to see noticeable uplift in facilities, much of which has got to do with the jumbo jet from the Airbus Industrie.
The secondary runway that will just stop short of the controversial mosque to the south will now be 3.24 km. The main concourse is of the course the old one at 3.627 km. See TT report.
Surprisingly, the TT report mentions the Singapore Airlines’ Kolkata official as saying that Calcutta was a “very important market” and that an A380 could fly out of the city sooner than most expected.
Perhaps that’s a bit optimistic. Maybe not. The airlines people know certainly better.
Anyway, now that the space for the jumbo is being created, we the Kolkattans can at least say that the city airport is equipped to receive the giant guest whenever that happens.