Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AAI likely to allow operation of Boeing 777-200 from Calicut airport

Kozhikode: There is some good news for air passengers from Malabar travelling to the Gulf nations via the Calicut International Airport as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is considering a proposal to operate Boeing 777-200 aircraft from the airport.

Boeing B-747 and B-777, Airbus A-330, and other wide-bodied aircraft under Code E, including Saudia and Emirates, have not been allowed to operate from here since May 1, 2015, leading to a drop in passenger traffic.

Airport director J.T. Radhakrishna told The Hindu on Monday that the process to give permission to operate Boeing 777-200 aircraft was on. Calicut airport can be connected to destinations such as Jeddah by Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which can accommodate around 250-300 passengers. It can also help increase handling of air cargo.

According to a report of a team of officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the AAI who had visited the airport on April 26, Boeing 777-200 seems to be compatible for operations here as its requirements were close to the length of the airport. The team has recommended carrying out a compatibility study to be “performed collaboratively between stakeholders such as aerodrome operator, airplane operator, ground handling agency, and air navigation provider”. The aerodrome operator would take a final decision based on the study report, which was under consideration of the AAI head office, he added.
22/08/17 The Hindu