Sunday, January 10, 2021

Srinagar Airport faces delay in advance landing system

As almost 100 flights were cancelled at the Srinagar International Airport for four consecutive days due to the recent snowfall, lack of an advance landing system at the aerodrome continues to add to the flight cancellations during times of poor visibility.

Presently, the runway at the Srinagar Airport has CAT-I landing system which needs more than 1 kilometer minimum visibility for landing of an aircraft.

Despite the need for an advance landing system to minimise the flight cancellations due to bad weather, Instrument Landing System (ILS) CAT II project, work on which was likely to kick-start in November this year, has been further delayed, officials informed.

“We have got to know that the CAT II project is further delayed and work on it will start only next year now,” an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official told Greater Kashmir wishing not to be named.

Installation of ILS CAT II landing system will bring down the need for minimum required visibility at the Srinagar Airport for an aircraft to land between 350 to 500 metres, the official said. This will consequently reduce the number of flight cancellations especially during foggy conditions.

10/01/21 Saqib Malik/Greater Kashmir

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