Wednesday, February 16, 2022

AAI cancels order to reduce length of Calicut airport runway

 Kozhikode: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has finally issued an order cancelling the procedures to look into the scope of reducing the length of the table-top runway in order to establish the Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at the Calicut International Airport.

In a letter to the Airport Director on Tuesday, AAI senior manager Mohammed Waseem said that the approved scope of work for “runway re-carpeting along with runway centre line lights, touch down zone lighting, modification of  localizer type directional aid (LDA) for providing RESA and relocation of glidepath issued on January 28 stands cancelled.” 

M.K.Raghavan, MP, attributed the development to the long struggle against the unsuitable proposal. Now, the current decision would give impetus to continue the struggle to resume the service of wide-bodied aircraft, he said.

Previously, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had given an assurance in the Lok Sabha that the length of the table-top runway would not be shortened. But Mr. Raghavan, who is also the co-chairman of the Calicut Airport Advisory Committee, had then pointed out a document in his possession issued by the AAI showing that officials had drawn up a proposal to establish the RESA after reducing the length of the runway.

Calicut Airport Advisory Committee chairman Abdussamad Samadani, MP, too welcomed the Union government decision.

Mr. Samadani and Mr. Raghavan met Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia along with Kerala MPs E.T. Mohammed Basheer, P.V. Abdul Wahab, Rajmohan Unnithan and V.K. Sreekandan in New Delhi and thanked him for the positive move towards Karipur.

15/02/22 The Hindu

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