Friday, December 25, 2015

Jabalpur airport’s license suspension revoked

BHOPAL: Union minister of state for civil aviation, Mahesh Sharma, has revoked the suspension of license of Dumna Airport, Jabalpur, on Thursday.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had suspended license of the airport following an incident on December 4 in which some wild boars marched onto the runway at the time of landing of a SpiceJet flight with 53 on board. 

The aircraft swirled to the left and skidded off the runway, though the passengers had a narrow escape.

Moved by the suspension of license, Jabalpur MP Rakesh Singh had met Sharma to apprise him with the factual position. 

The minister has reportedly assured him that Air India will resume its operations from Jabalpur from Friday onwards. 

There are regular flights for Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad from the airport. 

Airports Authority of India (AAI), which runs Jabalpur Airport, had also suspended three Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) in connection with the incident, sources said.

The decision to suspend the licence was taken following a report submitted by a joint team of SpiceJet and DGCA officials who inspected the Jabalpur airport two days after the incident. 

Sources said the AAI has been told to overcome drawbacks, including improper fencing of the operational area.


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