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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Two Runways at Xianyang Airport Put into Mixed-Dual Operation



In mid-December of 2012, the runways at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (Xianyang Airport) officially began mixed-dual operation, which means the two runways at Xianyang Airport can now independently accommodate takeoffs and landings of flights.

The Xianyang Airport's phase II project was put into operation in May of 2012. To guarantee safe and steady operation of Xianyang Airport during the initial stage while Runway II was being put into operation, one runway was used for the landings of flights and the other was used for takeoffs of flights. The flight support capability of Xianyang Airport grew continuously. Aircraft had to travel long distance between the two runways before taking off, which led to a lower flight regularity rate and restricted the operational support rate of Xianyang Airport. To efficiently improve the flight volume, reduce flight delays and make full use of the two runways, according to the Control & Insurance Plan for Mixed-Dual Operation of Two Parallel Runways Navigated by Instruments at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport and under the unified conduct of the Northwest Regional Administration of the CAAC, Runway I and Runway II at Xianyang Airport were put into trial operation for Mixed-Dual usage. The first operational trial model is to utilize one runway for landings and two for takeoffs; the second operational trial model is to use one for takeoffs and two for landings and the third operational trial model is using both two for landings and takeoffs. The trial operations for all three models were successful. After the successful trials of the three operational models, Xianyang Airport and the Northwest ATMB jointly handed in the Referendum on the Mixed-Dual Operation of Two Parallel Runways Navigated by Instruments at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport and received an approval from the CAAC in December of 2012.



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