Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Karipur Airport awaits DGCA nod for RESA works

Kozhikode: Karipur airport authorities are waiting for nod from directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) to commence the RESA (runway end safety area) works at the airport which would enable the operation of Boeing 777-200 aircraft from the airport.
Karipur airport director J T Radhakrishna said that the AAI has submitted the detailed proposal to the DGCA on the works to be carried out at the airport and the various options. The plan is to increasing the RESA area by altering the lighting arrangements on the runway.
"We have submitted all the documents regarding the works to be undertaken at the airport to the DGCA and are waiting for the clearance," Radhakrishna said. He added that the time line for the works will be decided only after the DGCA grants clearance for the RESA works.
Air connectivity from Malabar region to the Gulf had been hit during the last two years after DGCA suspended operations of wide- bodied aircrafts (Code- E) from the airport from May 1, 2015 onwards citing runway safety concerns. DGCA had pointed out that the airport which has a runway length of 2850 metre is designed for operation of only narrow bodied (Code- D) aircrafts and had insufficient RESA at both ends.
03/10/17 KR Rajeev/Times of India