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Night flights may start at Jammu Airport by Nov

Jammu: The night flight services at Jammu Airport may begin for November as construction work for expanding runway in final stages.

“The work for the runway expansion will be completed by May 15. After this, the length of the runway will increase from 6700 feet to 8000 feet,” a report said.

After the completion of work, the Airbus and B-321 class aircraft with night flight operations can take off and land at  Jammu airport.

The work of expansion of Jammu Airport was started in 2019, at a cost of 159 crores but due to Corona, the work was affected.

“ It is now expected to be completed by 15 May and after the completion of the runway expansion work, it will be made ready for flight operations,” an official of the engineering department of Jammu Airport said.

He added that the after looking into the technical aspects, the team from Airport Authority of India will inspect it.

“After this, the night exercise will be done towards the landing. Night landing may begin before November,” he added

He informed that  the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has already been installed at Jammu Airport, which is quite necessary in night landing.

Normal flight movement would resume at Jammu Airport from Tuesday after it witnessed restricted seven-hour operations daily since March 20 owing to resurfacing work of the runway being done by the Indian Air Force (IAF), officials said on Sunday.

It pertinent to mention here that the Jammu Airport has recently issued a fresh flight schedule effective from April 20, marking the resumption of normal flight operations to and from the airport.

According to the schedule, 25 flights of different airlines would operate from various destinations.

“The airport will be available for operations under earlier normal watch hours with effect from April 20. The first flight from Delhi is expected to land at the airport at 7.35 am and the last flight to depart for Srinagar at 4.20 pm,” airport official said.

However, night landing at the airport would take some more time, he said.

“The IAF is doing base work for runway lights to be fitted by the Airports Authority of India,” he said.

 

 

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