Thursday, August 11, 2016

Expand runway first, says Centre

Kozhikode: The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have categorically stated that the restoration of the services of wide-bodied aircraft from the Calicut International Airport can be permitted only after the expansion of the airport runway.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who held a meeting of MPs belonging to the United Democratic Front (UDF) in New Delhi on Wednesday, told the delegation that temporary reinstatement of permission to operate wide-bodied aircraft was impossible. The tabletop runway of the airport has a length of 2,850 metres and is meant for operation of only mid-sized (Code- D) aircraft and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been proposing that the runway be expanded to 3,627 metres for wide-bodied (Code E) aircraft. The Minister assured the delegation that the Ministry would consider the demand for restoring the Air India flight from Kozhikode to New Delhi via Coimbatore and Mumbai.
11/08/16 The Hindu
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