Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kannur airport may miss October 29 opening

Thiruvananthapuram: Commissioning of the Kannur international airport will be further delayed over the publication of details of regulations, procedures, and other information pertinent to the operation of aircraft as mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).

With this, commercial flight operations from the fourth international airport in the State will not materialise on October 29 as planned when the winter schedule for airlines will kick in.

“The Kannur airport is technically ready and the aerodrome licence to commence flight operations is expected before October 4. But, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in consultation with the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will have to publish the AIP after issuing the licence,” official sources told The Hindu.

Airlines can finalise the flight plan only after the AIP is published. The AIP, to be published by the Air Traffic Management wing of the AAI, contains details of regulations, procedures, and other information pertinent to the operation of aircraft.
Establishment of the Kannur control area will be effective from November 8 and the aerodrome data from December 6, indicating that commercial flight operations, domestic and international, are unlikely before December.
28/09/18 S Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu

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