Sri V S Achudanandan, Chief Minister of Kerala will declare open the new taxiway at Nedumbassery today.
This will enable the airport to reduce the time an aircraft occupies the runway. Immediately on landing, the aircraft will take the taxiway for coming to the Terminal and the runway is free for use by another aircraft.
Now, the aircraft takes upto 15 minutes to free the runway after landing and the next plane waiting for landing has to keep flying in circles above the airport for a landing slot. This results in increase in fuel consumption and also in transit time.
This taxiway should have formed part of the original project, but better late than never.