Nod for aircraft touchdown at Kannur airport

February 15, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:44 am IST - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGA) has given the nod for the maiden touchdown of the test flight at the Greenfield international airport coming up at Mattannur in Kannur.

“The mandatory clearance on the basis of the inspection of the team led by Director of Aerodrome Standards from the office of the DGCA has reached us on Friday,” Managing Director of Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) G. Chandramouli told The Hindu .

The 2400-metre runway of the fourth international airport of the State is ready to receive the maiden aircraft. “A decision on the Code-B aircraft that is to make the trial landing under the Visual Flight Rules will be taken in the next two to three days,” he said.

The Minister for Ports and Airports, K. Babu is to announce the date of the test flight this week in consultation with the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, who is also the Chairman of KIAL. The test flight was planned for December 31 last and then deferred to February 6.

The KIAL authorities are in touch with Indian Air Force (IAF), national carrier Air India and private carrier Jet Airways for hiring the Code-B aircraft. As the Assembly poll is approaching, the test flight will take place this month itself.

The visual markings and provision under the CAR (civil aviation requirement) will be ensured. If the ferry flight is from north, it will operate from Mangalore airport and from Karipur airport if from the south.

The ATC at Karipur will coordinate operations that will last two hours.

A representative each of the Aircraft Navigation Surveillance (ANS) Directorate, DGCA, and that of the airport operator (KIAL) are authorised to travel in the ferry flight in addition to the crew.

The KIAL authorities are enthused over the announcement in the budget that the airport will have a 4,000 m. Kannur will be the fourth airport to have a strip of 4,000 m that will be an added safety feature. “The KIAL board is to take a call on the increase in the runway strip”.

The work to fill earth to enhance the runway from the present 2,400 m to 3,050 m is going on. As much as 75 per cent of the runway and 63 per cent of the terminal buildings is over.

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