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IATA Warns of dangers of temporary runway closures in Mumbai
9 September 2005

IATA has issued a Safety Circular to its member airlines concerning the planned temporary closure of runway 09/27 at Mumbai Shivaji International Airport. Extensive upgrade works are planned for February of 2006. IATA warns that the 14/32 runway system is unable to support existing traffic. A.o. aircraft with long wheel-bases (like the B777-300) will not be able to do 180 degree turns on the runway after landing in order to vacate this runway. Also, the airport`s control tower is located in conflict with runway 14/32. The control tower penetrates runway 14/32`s transitional obstacle limitation surfaces approaches by over 50 metres for instrument approaches,and in excess of 40 metres for visuals. (IFALPA)