SpiceJet stuck in the mud

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 21 September 2017: Dozens of flights were diverted from Mumbai after a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway and became stuck in the mud as heavy rain lashed India’s financial capital and caused travel chaos Wednesday.

Schools and colleges also closed for the day as a precaution after severe monsoon rain late Tuesday and overnight led to fears of widespread flooding.

The storms came three weeks after ten people were killed when torrential rain deluged Mumbai, flooding homes and railway lines and shutting down the city for two days. Read more

Colombo’s runway is back

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

DUBAI, UAE, 21 July 2017: Emirates will deploy an A380 aircraft to make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, 14 August, to mark the completion of runway improvements.

The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 commercial flight to land in Sri Lanka.

The one-off flight will allow airport executives, VIPs, trade partners and media to enjoy a guided tour of the double-decker aircraft. Read more

Cat Bi eyes expansion

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HAI PHONG, 20 June 2017: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam is supporting Hai Phong authorities to accelerate the second phase of the Cat Bi International Airport expansion project.

Local media reported that part of the runway of Cat Bi International Airport has been seriously damaged, forcing airlines to cut flights to the airport.

The runway in question was built in 1996 and after 20 years needs urgent repairs. Read more

Indonesian plane overshoots runway

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 1 June 2017: A Indonesian passenger plane carrying 146 people skidded off the runway as it landed in the eastern Papua region Wednesday, an official said, the latest mishap to hit the country’s aviation sector.

No one was hurt after the Boeing aircraft operated by domestic carrier Sriwijaya Air overshot the wet runway at the airport in Manokwari city, said transport ministry spokesman J. Adravida Barata.

TV footage showed people being evacuated from the plane, as it rested on its belly on grass next to the runway. Read more

THAI suspends ticket change fee

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Thai Airways International has cancelled ticket change surcharges due to the likelihood of flight delays at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Maintenance work is now being carried out on the east runway and B1 taxiway, 3 March to 2 May.

THAI announced the end of the cancellation fee only for delayed flights at Bangkok’s main airport. Read more

Prepare for delays at Suvarnabhumi

March 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 March 2017: Airlines will suffer delays at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport’s as maintenance work is being carried out on the east runway and B1 taxiway, 3 March to 2 May.

The airport’s general manager, Sirote Duangratana, said the runway closure is needed for urgent repairs  that will take 60 days to complete.

“A 935-metre section at the north end of the east runway and the entire stretch of the B1 taxiway will be closed,” he said. Read more

Garuda plane skids off runway

February 3, 2017 by  
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JAKARTA, 3 February 2017: An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 130 people skidded off the runway as it landed at a major airport in heavy rain, the airline said Thursday, the latest mishap to hit the country’s aviation sector.

No one was hurt after the Boeing 737-800 operated by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda came off the runway at the airport serving the city of Yogyakarta late Wednesday as it arrived from Jakarta.

Adisutjipto International Airport, on Java island, was closed following the incident, with authorities saying it would remain shut until Thursday afternoon to allow the plane to be removed from the area. Read more

Vietnam ready to upgrade airport

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 31 January 2017: Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, Trinh Dinh Dung, has made a decision on which proposed plan to adopt for the upgrade of Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Local media reported that the government has opted for a plan that includes major improvements to runway and taxiways.

It will include the construction of parallel taxiways and connecting taxiways between the current runways and aircraft parking areas. Read more