The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given the green flag to the Kozhikode Airport for resuming all the big aircraft operations from January 2021. The permission from the DGCA headquarters has come after a thorough inspection of the runway and the airport facilities to accommodate big aircraft landings and take-offs by the DGCA officials. The DGCA has also asked Air India and Saudi Air for preparing a traffic rule chart for all the aircraft which fall under the Code E category. More details on the story ahead.
Kozhikode Airport Will Resume Big Aircraft Operations From January
A thing worth noting here is that the DGCA had earlier said that the flight operations of all the Code E category aircraft would resume at the Kozhikode airport once the monsoon ends. Technically, the monsoon ended on October 28, 2020, but the status of the airport remained the same in respect with Code E category aircraft operations.
For the unaware, the DGCA had stopped all the Code E category aircraft from operating at the Kozhikode airport when an Air India Express aircraft crashed on August 7 while landing at the airport. The reason behind pausing the big aircraft from operating at the airport was an inadequate runway.
But because there was a lot of pressure on the DGCA, it announced that all the big aircraft would start operating post-monsoon. Clearly, that wasn’t true, but the current announcement made by the DGCA is that the Kozhikode airport will start allowing Code E category aircraft to land and take-off on and from its runway again.
After the crash, DGCA appointed a special team which was lead by Durai Swami, the DGCA Chennai zonal executive director. The purpose of the team was to carry out a thorough inspection of the Kozhikode airport and report back all their observations.
Once the inspection was done, it was determined by the team that a few changes on the runway and some other basic facilities had to be made at the airport. Overall, the report was in favour of the airport being able to operate big aircraft again.
Now, as per a report from Mathrubhumi, the airport is all set to start operating Code E category aircraft again.