Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pakyong Airport Runway Is Ready For Operation: AAI

Pakyong : According  to local daily Summit Times;  Airport Director, Airports Authority of India, Pakyong, has informed the High Court of Sikkim that the runway at Pakyong has been sufficiently widened and that the airport is now ready for operation; SpiceJet, however, has not taken any steps to start flight operations.

In an affidavit submitted to the High Court on 03 March, AAI informs that the required widening of the runway at Pakyong airport to 40 meters, to meet civil aviation requirements, was completed in January itself.

Since then, even though the Airport Director has written to SpiceJet the airline has not taken any steps to resume flight operations from Pakyong Airport.

These details were provided to the High Court in connection with the suo moto case taken up by the Court after SpiceJet suspended flights to Pakyong Airport in June 2019 and had issued notices to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of India, SpiceJet Airlines and the State Government enquiring about what was done to prevent suspension of the flights and what plans were in place to resume the service.

Pakyong Airport is a Category 2C airport under Director General Civil Aviation norms and with the latest widening of the runway was now clear for operations.

Now, a division bench of the High Court comprising of Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai has directed SpiceJet to respond within 15 days with its stand on resuming its service for Pakyong Airport.

AAI also informed the Court that it explored introducing Instrument Landing System (ILS) but this was not found feasible hence an alternate Required Navigation Performance-Authorization Required (RNP-AR) approach is being explored with the help of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
08/03/20 Voice of Sikkim
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