Sunday, August 15, 2021

New landing system up & running at Hubballi airport

Hubballi: Hubballi airport has now been equipped with an advanced system for smooth and safe operation of flights with the commissioning of the much-awaited New Instrument Landing System (ILS). The new system was made operational on Thursday.

With ILS, the flights can make easy and safe landings even in bad weather and low visibility. Hubballi’s is the first airport in north Karnataka to have this state-of-the-art equipment costing around Rs 6.5 crore.

Hubballi airport director Pramod Kumar Thakre said as part of improving air navigation service infrastructure, the Airports Authority of India has commissioned the facility-performance category-I ILS there. The commissioning of ILS will help in precision approach of aircraft landing at airport, thereby improving flight regularity during bad weather and low-visibility conditions.

ILS was tested in February. It was supposed to be operational in June, but got delayed due to the pandemic and technical constraints. “It was commissioned and made operational from August 12 after various trial runs and approvals,” he added. Due to the absence of ILS, some flights were to be diverted to other nearest airports when they faced problems while landing due to poor visibility following cloudy weather.

He said the passenger movement is slowly picking up in the airport, and more routes are being introduced. “Now, Star Air, IndiGo and Air India are operating flights to various destinations, including Hindon, Bengaluru, Tirupati, Goa, Cochin, Mumbai, Chennai, Kannur and Hyderabad. IndiGo may start its operation to Ahmedabad next month, while Air India is likely to resume its operation to Mumbai and Bengaluru,” he said.

15/08/21 Times of India

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