Calicut Airport Demands Ministry to Resume the Operations of Wide-Bodied Aircraft
The operations of wide-bodied aircraft at Karipur airport were suspended in August 2020, following a fatal crash involving an Air India Express flight that resulted in the death of 21 people.
- The suspension of wide-bodied aircraft at Karipur airport creates hardships for Kerala’s expats from Gulf regions.
- A report by AAIB suggests installing a Runway Visual Range system at Calicut International Airport.
- AAIB also suggests reconstructing the Runway End Safety Area after reducing the length of the tabletop runway.
The Calicut International Airport’s Advisory Committee has requested the Ministry of Civil Aviation to pace up the process to resume wide-body aircraft operations, suspended since the Air India Express flight accident held at the airport on August 7, 2020. The accident had nothing to do with the airport’s infrastructure, according to committee head M.P. Abdussamad Samadani, Member of Parliament. Samadani, who represents the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency of Kerala, also said that the delay in resuming the services of wide-bodied aircraft at Calicut airport is causing hardship to passengers, especially for the non-resident Indians travelling abroad. The residents from the Malappuram district of Kerala constitute a massive share of expats from the state. They contribute immensely to the airport, MP added.
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