Saturday, December 31, 2016

Experts blame poor groundwork for fog-related delays

The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has served over 20 million passengers this year, but the airport of India’s Silicon Valley has been bogged down by fog-related issues almost every winter since its inception in 2008.

For the second day in a row, dense fog disrupted the travel plans of several thousand passengers.

Experts point out that the initial studies by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) should have taken into account the possibility of fog delaying operations. This could have helped in choosing a suitable ILS before the runway was made operational. “Everyone in north Bengaluru knows that the water bodies in the area cause fog. The airport authorities must have factored this into their initial planning,” said an expert.

“The airport authorities should expedite deployment of the second runway. My advice to passengers is to not book early morning flights,” said Devesh Agarwal, an aviation expert. The second runway will be equipped with the advanced CAT III B Instrument Landing System (ILS).
30/12/16 Avinash Bhat/The Hindu
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