Enabling smoother and seamless flight operations, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) has commissioned 4 new Rapid Exit Taxiways (RETs). These additional RETs will support the objective of enhancing runway capacity from the current 36 to 45 plus aircraft movements per hour. Along with this, GHIAL has also successfully commissioned its primary runway after major rehabilitation works.
The new Rapid Exit Taxiways will improve operational efficiency. These RETs are designed to allow aircraft to taxi off the runaway at relatively shorter distance and hence reduce runway occupancy time, thereby increasing runway capacity. In addition to this, rehabilitation will increase the Pavement Classification Number (PCN) and friction values of runway, thereby enhancing safety of aircrafts being operated.
GHIAL has also reached one more green landmark by converting 98% of its Airside lighting (Airfield signage, taxiway centerline lights, runway lights) with energy- efficient LED lighting, which will considerably save energy and reduce carbon emissions. The newly installed LED lights will enable safe flights and ensure visibility across the airfields even in adverse weather conditions, Runway and other airfield lighting are key to safe operations of the airfields. Designed to save energy, technologically advanced lighting offer solutions that are innovative and work seamlessly. This Aeronautical Ground Lighting (AGL) upgradation was accomplished as part of the runway rehabilitation works.
Since inception, GHIAL is committed to conduct the airport operations in an environment-friendly and sustainable manner. A significant amount of energy saving has been achieved through various energy conservation practices. As part of this strategy, earlier, halogen lightings were replaced with LEDs at the terminal building and offices. GHIAL has now extended this initiative to Airside operations also.
With all the above rehabilitation works and AGL upgradation the airport has world-class airfield infrastructure to cater to the requirements of all kinds of aircrafts and facilitate safe and efficient passenger movement.