Saturday, November 05, 2016

Another downgrade worry prompts DGCA to ask international airports to up standards

Fearing yet another downgrade, India’s civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) wants all 23 international airports across the country to ensure they upgrade their operational standards, customer outreach and infrastructure to world standards — to impress the international civil aviation watchdog’s team during its visit in March 2017.

A top government official told Express that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is more concerned about international operations and so, international airports need to tune up. Incidents involving commercial aircraft have been increasing at international airports in India, something which is also
disturbing Indian authorities ahead of the ICAO visit.

India has witnessed over 25 near-miss incidents in the past year involving commercial aircraft according to the DGCA, of which at least 15 have occurred at Chennai, Mumbai and Jaipur — all international
airports. Incidentally, the Mumbai and Chennai international airports alone cater to around 35 per cent of
international inbound and outbound traffic.
05/11/16 Sanjay Singh/The New Indian Express