Monday, December 24, 2018

Deadline over, landing aid not yet in place at Chandigarh International Airport

Mohali: The Chandigarh International Airport has faltered in commissioning runway lighting and Instruments Landing System (ILSI), making the job of airline operators tougher during foggy conditions this winter.

The Chandigarh International Airport (CHIAL) authorities had claimed the runway lighting and ILS would be re-commissioned before December 15.

Recently, two airline operators had pulled out their flights to Bangkok and Dubai owing to bad weather conditions which lead to cancellation and diversion of flights, rendering losses. Now, Chandigarh is left with just a single international flight to Sharjah. Air India has already sought temporary suspension or change in time slot for the Sharjah flight, sources said.

CHIAL chief executive officer (CEO) Suneel Dutt said, “We are facing some problem in re-commissioning the runway lighting and ILS-I, as the Airports Authority of India is yet to clear it. The clearance will be given soon and the AAI will issue NOTAM (notice to airmen) in this regard.” NOTAM is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight.
The runway lighting and ILS-I system was temporarily removed due to runway repairs and upgradation. Sources said the armed forces have re-installed the ILS-I system, but the AAI technical officer has refused to give clearance due to some technical faults.
24/12/18 Barinderjit Saluja/Times of India

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