Saturday, December 18, 2021

DGCA reduces visibility threshold for Kolhapur Airport’s flight operations: What it means for tourism around Maharashtra’s Kolhapur region

Relief to all the travelers wanting to fly out from or to areas around the Kolhapur Airport in Maharashtra! The Director General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) has upgraded the licence of Kolhapur Airport to ‘Day-IFR’. With this, flights would be able to take off from and land at the Kolhapur Airport even when the visibility is just a little more than 3,000 metres, down from the previous threshold of clear visibility of more than 5,000 metres. This means that the airport would now be able to operate flights in the early morning hours and at twilight, which would naturally mean that more flyers would be able to catch flights from the airport.

The licence is timely, as well, since the Kolhapur region has been witnessing low visibility this month due to the fog from rains and cold. The licence would not only help in increasing the number of flights operating at Kolhapur, but would also reduce flight delays, diversions and cancellations at the airport. If the weather conditions of fog and cold prevail, the lowering of visibility threshold would at least let the airport give go-ahead to flights as soon as the visibility improves over 3,000 metres instead of having to wait till it gets to 5,000 metres, reducing delays.

Apart from this, since the airport would also have, for the most part, the ability to operate flights early in the morning and during the twilight period, the longer hours would allow it to reduce cancellation of flights if the situation is likely to improve.

This licence can make things convenient and connectivity better for tourists who are visiting places near Kolhapur. Kolhapur district has many beautiful tourist attractions, including religious sites like Kopeshwar Temple and Ramling Caves Temple, nature sites like Amba Ghat, and historical sites like Panhala Fort.

Now, since the airport, according to the Airport Authority of India, would be increasing flight operations from Kolhapur as a result of the licence, tourists would be more likely to catch flights to their destinations from the Kolhapur Airport itself without having to go to any of the further off airports in Maharashtra.

17/12/21 Bulbul Dhawan/Financial Express

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