Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-07-16 13:34 Mangaluru: The Board of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has approved extension of taxiway –2,400 mtrs length– at the Mangaluru International Airport. Already, an additional taxiway is being built at the airport since 2014 at a cost of Rs 40 crore and the work is expected to be ready in two months. This taxiway measures up to 1,200 metres long and 23 metres wide. The second phase of work will be taken up at a cost of Rs 106 crore. Additional taxiway will enable the aircrafts to save time in the entry and exit from the parking stand to the runway. Presently, the aircrafts need to wait for 10 to 15 minutes if their timing of departure overlaps with another flight scheduled to land. The whole procedure from landing to rolling into apron, it would take not less than 15 minutes. Additional taxiway helps aircraft in saving time here, said Airport Director J T Radhakrishna. He further said that tenders for the second phase of work would be invited in October.