Friday, September 21, 2018

Kerala floods one month after: Kannur airport commissioning likely to get delayed

Thiruvananthapuram: The flood which caused a loss of Rs 336 crore to the Cochin International Airport is likely to push the commissioning of the Kannur International Airport Ltd to next month. The authorities were working hard to commission the airport by September last. A senior officer in the state administration said the commissioning of the airport would be extended to next month as the airport is yet to submit the data and documents regarding the calibration of navigation equipment by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The incessant rain in the month of July and August delayed the calibration of various navigation equipment. It an international practice to submit and publish the documents regarding the calibration data to ICAO before the commissioning of the airport. Meanwhile, a Boeing 737-800 of Air India Express trial landed at Kannur International Airport on Thursday and the aircraft successfully docked with one of the passenger boarding bridges.

The test flights were performed in the wake of the calibration of the Doppler Very High-Frequency Omni-Directional Range (DVOR), a standard ground-based radio navigational aid.
21/09/18 Dhinesh Kallungal/New Indian Express
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