The Calicut International Airport at Karipur in the district commissioned its second instrument landing system (ILS) on Thursday. The new ILS fitted at Runway-10 on the western side of the airport had been functioning on a trial basis for the past several weeks.
Karipur now had ILS at both ends of the runway. The new ILS is expected to minimise flight diversions caused by bad weather. Runway-28 on the eastern side had already been supported by ILS. Most landings used to take place from the eastern side of the runway, despite that end being hilly. With the new ILS at the western end, where the tailwind is stronger, flights will be able to land even in cloudy weather.