Shimla and Kullu airport in unsafe airport list of DGCA
In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Civil Aviation minister Vayalar Ravi said the DGCA has identified 11 airports which were considered critical airports from flight operations point of view.
Two out of three airports in Himachal Pradesh has been named in the list namely Shimla and Bhuntar (Kullu) airports.
The list of 11 airports which are in the unsafe list are Leh, Kullu, Shimla, Port Blair, Agartala, Lengpui, Calicut, Mangalore, Jammu, Patna and Latur.
‘The airport systems, facilities and procedures were thoroughly reviewed by DGCA to enhance the safety of aircraft operations at these airports,’ Ravi said.
‘Inspection of these airports was carried out by teams of officials from flight operations directorate and aerodrome standards directorate,’ he added.
The minister said that DGCA’s several recommendations to enhance safety have been adopted in these airports.
‘The following suggestions have been implemented — provision of runway end safety area, ensuring proper markings on the runway and proper maintenance of the basic strip,’ he said.
November 27, 2011 / Vikas / 0