Sunday, August 06, 2023

India's Shivamogga Airport Delays Launch Over Bomb Threat Contingency Plan Woes

Shivamogga is one of the larger cities in Karnataka, India. It is a beautiful, verdant region of the country rife with lush rice fields as well as nut and coconut plantations. Shivamogga Airport, built by the Karnataka Government in a public-private partnership, serves the area and sits just under 10km from the city.

Shivamogga Airport, named Kuvempu after a highly regarded poet, has had its anticipated grand opening in early August delayed to the 31st of the month to accommodate further logistical and security implementations; "technical reasons" were cited.

Initially set for the 11th, the summer inauguration was pushed back at the behest of the Director General of Civil Aviation's withdrawal of the Bomb Threat Contingency Plan's no-objection certificate on July 18th. Prime Minister Modi visited the site and approved the progress and commencement of commercial ops on February 27th, 2023.

A no-objection certificate is a formal document confirming there is no objection to something. In this case, it would appear as though the BTCP had a flaw or quirk worth ironing out before the official opening. Fortunately, it was spotted in time and while not ideal for passengers hoping for a timely travel itinerary, a safe airport is a good airport.

The first flight to Shivamogga is available to be booked with IndiGo Airlines from August 31st, originating in Bengaluru. Having recently snipped the ribbon for operations at Delhi's new fourth runway, IndiGo is having a celebratory streak of firsts. This will mark IndiGo's 109th destination.

06/08/2023 Henry Wood/Simple Flying

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