DHARAMSHALA: The Airports Authority of India had on Friday approved the installation of a high-end technology which will help to reduce the minimum visible runway length for any plane landing at the Kangra airport from 5,000 meters to 2,400 meters. The said move is expected to boost the civil aviation in the state of Himachal Pradesh, where the flight cancellations are common due to bad weather.
Authorities said that the equipment which has been already under the process of being installed at the Kangra report, will help reduce the flight cancellations to the tourist destinations considerably.
“Earlier, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has fixed the minimum visible runway length to 5,000 meters for any planes landing at the Kangra airport. As a result, there were frequent cancellations of planes at the last minute due to bad weather. The system used to send information on weather condition was not up to the mark at that time”, said Kangra Airport manager Parwinder Tiwari.
“The device which is being installed at the Kangra Airport is called the Doppler very high frequency Omni Range (DVOR). As of now, two planes ATR-72 and Q-400 are connecting the state with the National capital region. The significant use of this technology is simple, earlier we used to allow flights to land only if run-way was visible to them from a distance of 5,000 meters. But, with the use of DVOR technology this can be reduced to some 2,400 meters”, the airport manager added.
Kangra to Delhi is one of the costliest tourist routes in India with a one-way ticket fare of Rs 10,000. As of now, only Spicejet and Air India are operating Air services to this city.