Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Calicut Airport to resume opers of wide-body aircrafts from early next month

Kozhikode: Calicut International Airport in Karipur is poised to regain its past glory
and is likely to widen its horizon, thanks to the decision of Air India and Emirates Airlines to
resume operations of their wide-body aircrafts from early August besides likely introduction of
direct flights to western destinations by airline majors like Emirates.
It was early this month that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted
permission to Air India and Emirates to resume operations of their jumbo aircrafts from
However, the permission to operate jumbo flights would be restricted to daytime for the first six
months and then permit round the clock, on satisfying standards of safety.
The DGCA had imposed a ban for these airliners to operate big carriers from Karipur over
runway safety concerns, since May 2015. A wide-body aircraft is a passenger aeroplane which
has atleast seven seats across and could accommodate two passenger aisles. The operation of
wide-body aircraft was banned in the aftermath of the inquiry report on the Air India Express
Boeing crash in Mangaluru Airport in May 2010.
Following this, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had carried out several mitigation measures
including re-carpeting and grading of the runway that has been long overdue. The authority had
also installed touch-down zone lights to facilitate the operation of wide-bodied aircrafts.
However, the restrictions resulted in withdrawing big planes by Air India, Saudia and Emirates
airlines who shifted their operations to Cochin International Airport.
31/07/19 UNI
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