Friday, August 10, 2018

Finally, DGCA gives nod for operation of wide-bodied aircraft at Calicut airport

After a protracted fight by various stakeholders, including the State government, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given the green signal to resume the operation of wide-bodied aircraft Boeing 777-200 and Airbus 330-300 at the Calicut International Airport.

However, the resumption of the operation of both these types of aircraft under Code E comes with multiple riders for the Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines), one of the Haj operators and the only airline to submit a safety and compatibility study for the operation of wide-bodied aircraft under ICAO guidelines so far. The No Objection Certificate will also be reviewed after three years.

Air India, which commenced its safety and compatibility study Monday, is yet to submit its report to the DGCA. The Dubai-based Emirates, which used to operate from the airport, is yet to respond to the suggestion of the DGCA to carry out the compatibility study though the airline company had expressed its willingness to operate the flights.
10/08/18 The Hindu