Shimla, August 8
Himachal Pradesh state capital’s airport at Jubbarhatti — positioned 2,196 metres above the ocean stage — is considered one of nation’s ‘riskiest’ table-top airport like Kozhikode and desires well timed growth, aviation specialists mentioned on Saturday.
On a median, 12 to 15 unscheduled home flights arrive each month on the Shimla airport, officers mentioned.
Also, a heli-taxi service is operated from right here commonly below the Udan-II (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme.
State officers informed IANS that they’ve raised the problem with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) various instances to discover the opportunity of growth of the airstrip at Jubbarhatti, some 22 km from right here, to facilitate secure landings of plane.
At current, the runway is lower than 1,200-metre lengthy and its growth is going through irregular delays owing to close by forest space and personal land.
For the runway extension, the minimal required size is 1,500 metres which permits a 40-seater plane to function as per the brand new security norms, a state civil aviation official, requesting anonymity, informed IANS.
In 2015, nationwide service Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air carried out a test-flight to restart common service between New Delhi and Shimla. The trial run of a 42-seat airplane was profitable.
Officials mentioned touchdown plane on the Shimla airport is a problem due to the gorges surrounding the runway.
Likewise, the airstrip in Kullu city runs parallel to the Beas river.
“Though various safety measures have been adopted at the Shimla airport, the runway should be expanded on priority, keeping in view the safety of the passengers,” an airport official mentioned right here.
The state authorities has plans to develop a world-class airport in Mandi district to spice up the state’s tourism trade. For this, the Civil Aviation Ministry final yr gave in-principle approval for its development.
The state’s third airport is positioned at Gaggal close to Dharamsala in Kangra district.