Saturday, December 18, 2021

Amritsar: Flight operations resume but CAT-III yet to become functional

Amritsar: With improvement in visibility, flight operations resumed at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport here on Friday. However, the runway visibility range (RVR) equipment was yet to start functioning properly.

The airport authorities claimed that no flight has been cancelled or diverted as category of instrument landing (CAT)-II system got functional. “The Met Department arranged requisite equipment on Friday and the operation resumed with visibility of 350 metre. Yesterday, the CAT-I got operational after 3 pm and we were able to operate flights with 800-meter visibility. On Friday evening, CAT-III also got functional, but it is under observation. By tomorrow, it will start functioning on 50-meter visibility,” said VK Seth, director, Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport Amritsar.

Due to technical snag in RVR equipment, 24 international and domestic flights from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport were cancelled and nine flights were diverted on Thursday as CAT-III was not functioning during heavy fog in the region. A large number of passengers faced inconvenience at the airport. The activists concerned with the airport criticised the authorities for not making prior preparations for foggy weather. 

17/12/21 Charanjit Singh Teja/Tribune

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