Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DGCA lifts ban on jets from Jodhpur airport

New Delhi: Travellers supposed to fly to and from Jodhpur can breathe easy. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Wednesday allowed airlines to restart operation of planes like Airbus A-320 and Boeing 737 to the Sun City. The decision came after the DGCA "evaluated safety risk assessment submitted by the operators," said an official.
The regulator had Tuesday banished these relatively big jets after finding that the airport did not have a working precision approach path indicator (PAPI), or glide slope indicator which helps a plane land at the touch down point to ensure it stops in the available length of the airstrip. Only smaller turboprops, like the ATRs operated by Jet Airways, were allowed to fly in and out of Jodhpur on Tuesday while AI, which operates A-320 on the route, had to cancel its flights. An AI flight on Tuesday took off from Mumbai to Jodhpur but had to return as it could not land there due to the ban.
31/08/16 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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