Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Thiruvananthapuram airport comes out in flying colours

Thiruvananthapuram: The Thiruvananthapuram international airport is in the limelight for handling 726 additional rescheduled domestic and international flights, 360 movements of rescue-and-relief flights and helicopters, and 75,000 flyers since August 15 when the flooded the Cochin international airport was closed for air traffic.

The airport authorities also responded positively to a request on August 18 to make available X-ray baggage scanners, other security gadgets, and counters for commencing flights using ATR from Kochi Naval air base.

The stakeholders of the airport, managed by the Airports Authority of India, rose to the occasion and handled the additional flights with ease even as it catered to its 120 scheduled arrivals and departures daily. The lowest of 16 rescheduled flights were handled on August 15 and the highest of 79 on August 27.
Of the 360 movements of rescue-and-relief flights, 176 were flights of defence forces and 184 helicopter movements that played a major role in rescuing the marooned people and taking relief materials to the flood-hit.
29/08/18 The Hindu