Thursday, July 05, 2018

ILS system gathering dust, flights delayed

Surat: Even as monsoon has officially set in, flyers at Surat airport will be facing flight delays quite often as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is yet to commission the instrument landing system (ILS). ILS was shifted at the Vesu-end of the runway from where the aircraft land after the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) had ordered the displacement of 615 m runway due to the building height obstruction in the flight path. It has been five months now that the ILS system is dysfunctional.
In absence of ILS, the flights are getting delayed and cancelled due to the fog and heavy rains situation at the airport. Spice Jet has cancelled its Surat-Delhi morning flight till February 10 due to the fog at the Delhi airport and the absence of ILS at the Surat airport.
Airport director, Sanjay Kumar Panigrahi told TOI: “The ILS system is in place at the airport and it was shifted after the 615 m displacement at the Vesu-end. However, we are still awaiting permission to operationalize it. We are pursuing the matter with the DGCA and the AAI to expedite the go-ahead.”
05/07/18 Times of India