Kannur Airport to have special office in Delhi
Kannur: A special office for Kannur International Airport has been set up in Delhi. A. K. Vijayakumar, retired executive director of corporate affairs in Gas Authority of India, was appointed as the special officer. The functions of the special office will be centred at the Kerala House in Delhi.
The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation had directed that a special officer should be appointed in Delhi to handle the Delhi affairs of Kannur Airport. This direction came during Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s meeting with the union minister 2 weeks ago in connection with the requests to speed up the permission for the airport.
The special office will handle the permissions of the airport and the foreign airline services. Meanwhile, the state government gave a letter to the ministry of civil aviation requesting to exclude Kannur airport from the UDAN-RCS Scheme (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik - Regional Connectivity Scheme).
The move is because of the fact that airport will not get any service charge when it conducts UDAN services and also no other services will be allowed on the same route as UDAN service. Moreover, foreign services are not likely to be allowed here. This is based on the decision of the KIAL (Kannur International Airport Ltd.) Director Board meeting held last week.
Meanwhile, the Airport Authority of India has completed the OLS (Obstacle Limitation Surface) inspection in Kannur airport. This is the inspection of possible obstacles such as trees, towers, buildings or hills present on the take-off path of the flights.
As the installing of ILS (Instrument Landing System) in the runway has been complete, calibration flight is expected to arrive for inspection by next month. ILS helps pilot to land the flight even when the visibility is low due to rain or mist. The calibration flight inspects whether the signals are accurately received by the ILS in the flight.