Friday, November 17, 2017

Night-landing deadlock stays

Hailakandi: The meeting of the Airports Authority of India, air force, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and members of various airlines with members of the Airport Advisory Committee failed to settle the matter of night-landing at Kumbhirgram airport, 25km from Silchar town.

After the meeting on Tuesday evening, the chairperson of the Airport Advisory Committee and Silchar MP, Sushmita Dev, said there were several reasons, including shortage of CISF personnel. She added that the AAI had agreed to allow night-landing temporarily for one month.

Silchar airport already has infrastructure for night-landing and it was also allowed up to 8pm, but the AAI disallowed to land flights at night which created much chagrin among the Barak Valley residents.

The Silchar airport is the second-busiest airport of the state after the one in Guwahati, according to statistics. There were 2.12 lakh passengers in 2016-17 and the number is expected to increase to 3.80 lakh in 2017-18.
A few months ago, officials of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Services had conducted a survey at the airport to assess its position for night-landing. They had then said that the issue of CISF deployment had been sorted out and necessary infrastructure for night-landing had been set up.
17/11/17 Telegraph

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