AAI undertakes the installation of night landing facility at Kolhapur airport

To an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha about the Night Landing facility at Airports in the country and the status of commissioning of the night landing facility at Kolhapur Airport, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd) has responded in a written reply with the necessary details.

The response states that the up-gradation/modernisation of airports, including the provision of night landing facilities is a continuous process and is undertaken by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and other airport operators from time to time depending on the availability of land, commercial viability, socio-economic considerations, traffic demand/willingness of airlines to operate to/from such airports etc.

AAI undertakes the installation of night landing facility at Kolhapur airport

Presently night landing facility which is purely demand and need based on the operational requirements of airlines and availability of land is not available at 25 operational airports with scheduled flight operations.

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AAI has undertaken the installation of a night landing facility at Kolhapur airport. A team of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) inspected the airport on June 10, 2022. AAI has already initiated action for compliance with the observations made by DGCA during the inspection.

STATENAME OF THE AIRPORT
Andhra PradeshCudappah, Kurnool
AssamRupsi
Arunachal PradeshTezu, Passighat
ChattisgarhBilaspur, Jagdalpur
Daman & DiuDiu
GujratKeshod
HaryanaHisar
Himachal PradeshDharamshala, Kulu and Shimla
JharkhandDeoghar
KarnatakaKalaburagi
LakshadweepAgatti
MaharashtraKolhapur, Sindhudurg
PunjabLudhiana
PuducherryPuducherry
SikkimPakyong
Tamil NaduSalem
UttarakhandPantnagar, Pithoragarh
Uttar PradeshKushinagar
Operational Airports with Scheduled flight operations without night landing facility

The country has over 100 operational airports and officials said that the airports not having night landing facilities are mostly those recording lower air passenger traffic.

Airports Authority of India, which manages most of the airports in India, takes up a particular one for consideration for providing night landing facilities when airlines show interest during night operations.

Airlines have to apply with the Airports Authority of India to facilitate a night landing facility in a particular airport and then the process of offering the convenience starts.

The country has over 100 operational airports and officials said that the airports not having night landing facilities are mostly those recording lower air passenger traffic.

The upgradation of airports, including the provision of night landing facility is a continuous process, which depends upon operational requirements, commercial feasibility, etc, and varies from airport to airport in the country, said the ministry of civil aviation in a recent Parliament reply.

The main requirement for night landing is the runway approach lighting system which includes a series of light bars with strobe lights installed at the end of the runway.

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