Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Demand to expedite runway extension at Jammu airport gathers strength after Kozhikode tragedy

Jammu: Days after the tragic Air India Express plane crash at Kozhikode Airport in Kerala, the focus has now once again shifted to the safety standards at the airports in the country particularly the ones considered to be risk-prone.

For many years, some experts and social activists have been raising concerns over the "short length" of the runway at Jammu airport which they believe poses threat to the safety of air passengers.

"Runway at Jammu airport is short. It is a safety hazard for passengers. The project of the expansion of the runway has been stalled over the years due to the lackadaisical approach of the governments. We expect that the government will take notice of this issue especially in the light of the recent air crash that happened in Kerala", Navneet Kour, a social activist in Jammu said.
"The current length of the runway at Jammu airport is 6700 feet. It's being expanded to 8000 feet. The pilots operating flights on this route need to get a special clearance due to the short runway", sources said.

"Jammu airport has some challenges vis-a-vis its location and the available runway length. Even though it meets the minimum required standards, it leaves less margin for error. Pilots have to be specially briefed and trained to operate from these runways. These runways need to be expanded to the international norms", Air Marshal (Retd) VK Bhatia said while speaking to India Today over the phone.
12/08/20 Sunil Bhat/India Today
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