The other day while spotting, Nitin and i were wondering why this new taxiway was built at BOM. If you see inthe picture below, the lighter coloured (concrete?) taxiway is a new one. Earlier, the aircraft had to come out straight (from behind the MD11) and straight onto the main runway 27. But recently, they have built this extra taxiway, which seems to be a little broader than the older one. Is there any particular reason for this? Is this something to do with making the airport A380 ready?
Photo © Nitin Sarin
Secondly, if you notice, for some reason, (see the last plane coming up to hold for take off), the planes have been swearving around soemthing, its either some kind of pothole or something but all the planes were coming down the taxiway and then swerving around something (like a large turn around something). It was rather strange.
Thirdly, is there any internationally specified taxiway breadth? Maybe for an internation airport. And does anyone know more about that notice SQ and EK have in their operating manuals about how runway 27 (the mainone) is not optimum or something or not upto the safety standards, or something of the like. Any more information about that?
Thanks alot for any feedback.