Sunday, October 17, 2021

Low visibility hits flight ops at Shirdi airport

Pune: Shirdi airport did not witness any flight movement for the past five days due to low visibility, officials said.

“Flight operations had resumed at the airport from October 7 after the temple reopened. The daily flight operations increased to 10. However, on October 10, only two flights were operated. Only a single flight was operated on October 11. All flights have been suspended since then owing to low visibility caused by fog,” an airport official told TOI.

The airport, which is managed by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC), was shut in April this year following the second wave of the pandemic. With the Shirdi temple closed, flight operation also stopped.

Deepak Kapoor, VC-MD of MADC, tweeted on Saturday. “Low visibility issues affecting flight operations at Shirdi airport. We are in touch with the IMD and airlines. Situation to improve soon.”

Kapoor recently said that the DGCA had inspected the extended runway and the night landing facility and an approval was awaited. In 2019, the airport faced a similar issue resulting in flight operations remaining suspended for more than a month. During that time, some airlines shifted their base to the Aurangabad airport.

17/10/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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