Thursday, August 23, 2018

Security nod for Kannur airport

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kannur international airport will enter the country’s aviation map with its formal commissioning in early October. Commercial flight operations from the airport would begin on October 29 when the winter schedule would kick in.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has accorded the crucial ‘security clearance’ for the airport. The airport would get the ‘aerodrome licence’, necessary for beginning flight operations, once the Instrument Landing System (ILS), procured from Norway, is calibrated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) using a Dornier aircraft. Once this is done, the ILS procedure would be publicised for benefit of pilots. The DGCA has already carried out pre-licence inspection of the lighting and operational facilities, Air Traffic Control (ATC) and civil and electrical facilities.

The Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range (DVOR), a ground-based radio navigational aid, that provides information to aircraft to define air traffic control routes has also been calibrated. The customs has notified the airport and the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued notification making the airport an authorised immigration checkpoint.
23/08/18 S Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu