Saturday, December 10, 2016

Night landing facility still awaits at Bamrauli airport

At a time when thick fog has derailed the train and air traffic in the Sangam city, denizens continue to suffer, in terms of flight connectivity in the absence of instrument landing system, a facility which has yet not seen the day of light.
In the present month, dominated by fog, just a single flight has landed at right time at the Bamrauli airport including that on Thursday. Because of the cancellation of flights, the passengers were shifted to Varanasi and Lucknow for their journey to Delhi. Besides the adverse conditions, it is the absence of instrumental landing system which has made the people Allahabad suffer.
Even though the airport of Allahabad was among the first four international airports of the country, yet it still lacks the facility of night landing or when visibility is poor. The airport was built in 1919 and served as an international airport till 1946 with direct flights to London till 1932.
For installing the system (ILS), the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has been allocated a fund of around Rs 10 crores and half of the work for localized antenna has already been completed. "The entire system has three parts, localized antenna, glide path antenna and approach path and the work for the first part is half completed", said Airport director, Civil Air Terminal, Allahabad, SR Mishra.
09/12/16 Rajeev Mani/The Times Of India
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