Sunday, November 26, 2017

‘Low visibility during winter months at Srinagar Airport’

Srinagar: With the foggy weather conditions leading to frequent disruption of flights at the Srinagar Airport during winter months, the government has asked the Airport authorities and airline companies for better coordination during winter months.
Sources said that the government has asked the airlines and Airport authorities to closely monitor and plan the flights as per weather forecast with proper coordination.
Flight operations are disrupted every winter with visibility often dropping below 500 metres in December and January. The ripple effect of any fog-induced delay in the morning often lasts for hours.
As per Airport officials, there is further need for installing/ upgrading ILS as the Valley mostly witnesses foggy days during winter months. “Most of the airports outside have upgraded landing facilities which facilitate operation of flights even during visibility of only 500 metres. We need the same facilities for smooth operation of flights in low visibility,” said a senior official.
Meanwhile the night landing at Srinagar airport has been in doldrums after the former government led by Omar Abdullah announced it. The Indian Air Force and Defence Ministry gave a nod to the operation of night flights at Srinagar Airport following public pressure and the state government decided to start night operations from lone airport in the summer capital from February 2016.
However, for the last around 20 months, the authorities have failed to install the facilities at the airport for the night flights. The flights often get cancelled at the Srinagar Airport during winters when there is poor visibility as authorities have failed to install facilities for night flights.
26/11/17 Kashmir Monitor