Tuticorin Airport

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Tuticorin Airport
Tuticorin Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Civil Government
Serves Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli
Location Vagaikullam
Elevation AMSL 39 m / 129 ft
Coordinates 08°43′27″N 078°01′33″E / 8.72417°N 78.02583°E / 8.72417; 78.02583
Website Tuticorin Airport
Map
TCR is located in Tamil Nadu
TCR
TCR
TCR is located in India
TCR
TCR
Location in Tuticorin
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 1,351 4,435 Asphalt
Statistics (Jan2016-Dec2016)
Passengers movements 98,844(Increase15.02%)
Aircraft movements 1,444(Increase8.08%)
Cargo tonnage 69(Increase16.94%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Tuticorin Airport (IATA: TCRICAO: VOTK) is a domestic airport located 16.9 km (10.5 mi) from Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu, India serving the districts of Tuticorin and Tirunelveli[4] in southern Tamil Nadu. It is located 15.6 km west from the city centre on Tuticorin-Tirunelveli highway 7A.It is the fifth busiest airport in Tamil Nadu after Chennai,Coimbatore,Tiruchirapalli and Madurai.

Structure[edit]

Tuticorin Airport has one asphalt runway, oriented 10/28, 1351 metres long and 30 metres wide. Its 100 by 60 metre apron provides parking space for 2 ATR 72 or similar aircraft at a time, while its terminal building can handle 72 passengers during peak hours. Navigational aids at Tuticorin include PAPI lights and an Aerodrome beacon [5]

Expansion and Upgrade[edit]

A master plan for upgrading the Tuticorin airport in phases had been prepared by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Tamil Nadu government was asked to provide 586 acres of land free and without encumbrances to the Airports Authority of India. The Land Acquisition process is nearing Completion. Recently Night Landing facilities have been provided at the airport, facilitating operation of Late Evening and Night flights.[6][7] An additional 110 acres of land has been set aside for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Coastguard.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
SpiceJet Chennai

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 29 July 2013,SG 3291 a spicejet bombardier Q-400 carrying 49 passengers had a tail strike while landing on the short runway triggering panic among passengers.
  • On 3 September 2013, SG 3291, a SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 landed and the engine started smoking due to an oil spillage. Water and foam was used to control the smoke.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traffic Statistics-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Aircraft Movements-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cargo Statistics-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Demand to modernise Tuticorin airport". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Airport website". Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/night-landing-at-tuticorin/article5455973.ece
  7. ^ Mehdudia, Sujay (17 March 2010). "Chennai airport expansion on schedule". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tuticorin airport to be expanded". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 12 Jan 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 

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