Wednesday, February 24, 2021

BIAL Kempegowda becomes first Indian airport to get a disabled aircraft recovery kit

New Delhi: Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport has become the first airport in India to get a disabled aircraft recovery equipment (DARE). So far in India, only Air India has had this kit which needed to be sent to whichever airport where aircraft gets stuck on the runway to remove the same from there so that flight movements can resume.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has made it mandatory for big airports to have this kit in 2019 when an aircraft remained stuck on Mumbai runway for almost 3 days.

Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL) claims to be the “first (airport) in India and South Asia to own the state-of-the-art kit that will enable faster resumption of operations during aircraft incidents on the runways.” The Kunz GmbH-manufactured recovery kit was commissioned Tuesday by BIAL MD & CEO Hari Marar and is capable of recovering upto the world’s largest passenger aircraft, Airbus A380 — ensuring that runway closure is minimised.

“The acquisition of this aircraft recovery equipment is an important milestone for us at BLR Airport. Being prepared is the key to running a high-performance airport. This is not only important for the Airport, but also for the entire aviation ecosystem as a whole,” said Hari Marar.

Disabled aircraft on the runway can cripple airport operations. Effective recovery of all types of disabled aircraft in the movement area is vital.

BIAL had in 2020 signed an agreement with Kunz GmbH to manufacture, supply, commission and maintain the specialised equipment. As part of this agreement, KUNZ GmbH will work with BIAL to establish a centre for disabled aircraft recovery training.

23/02/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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