Sunday, June 10, 2018

Goa airport runway goes dark for 3 hours

Panaji: Goa International Airport’s lone runway was closed for flight operations for over three hours on Saturday after the runway lighting system failed around 7.30pm. More than 10 flights were delayed due to the technical fault even as the Indian Navy scrambled to restore the runway lights at the Dabolim air field.
As a cascading effect of delays at Mumbai International Airport and Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, several flights originating and arriving at Goa International Airport were also delayed.
“Due to a fault in the lighting system, the runway is not available till 11pm,” said airport director B C H Negi. “The Navy technical team is on the job to rectify the fault. All flights to and from Goa are delayed.”
The fault was detected around 7.45pm by the runway operations team and once AAI was informed, the runway was closed for all flight operations. Runway lights include Runway End Identifier Lights (REILs) which are a pair of white flashing lights, one on each side of the approach end of the runway, that help identify the runway from taxiways at night. There are Runway Edge Light Systems which demarcate the edges of the runways.
The incident left hundreds of passengers stranded at the airport with many also missing connecting international flights. Goa International Airport handles nearly 7 million passengers annually and is currently being expanded to cater to the increase in air passengers.
10/06/18 Newton Sequeira/Times of India