New Delhi: There have been seven runway incursion incidents at Delhi's IGI Airport and one each in two other cities between October last year and this April.
"There were a few cases of runway incursions at Delhi, Kolkata and Vijayawada airports recently but none of them was a case of near mishap," Minister of State for Civil Aviation K C Venugopal informed Rajya Sabha today.
In most cases, the air traffic control had instructed the approaching aircraft to make a 'go-around', he said. A go- around is an aborted landing of an aircraft on final approach, leading to another attempt to land.
Replying to another question, Venugopal said the total dues of various Indian carriers to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have risen to almost Rs 2,220 crore as on March 31 from Rs 1,666 crore in 2012 and Rs 1,043 crore in 2011.
Of this, Air India and its subsidiaries jointly owed Rs 1,618 crore in 2013, Rs 1,252 crore in 2012 and Rs 737 crore in 2011.
02/05/13 PTI/Business Standard