Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fly into Belgaum after sunset: DGCA Clearance For Night Landing Facility

Source: TOI

BELGAUM: The much awaited night landing facility at Belgaum airport, Sambra, has been cleared by the Airport Authority of India in view of the World Kannada Meet (WKM) to be held in Belgaum from March 11-13. This was a long pending demand of the people of Belgaum.

Though the facility was set up about six months ago, officials were awaiting clearance from the authorities concerned. With WKM approaching, the night landing facility was cleared by the Director General of Civil Aviation, said Prabhakar Kore, chairman, World Kannada Meet Reception Committee.

"We were worried about receiving those arriving by flight. We were constantly in touch with the civil aviation ministry and insisted that they inspect the facility for clearance. On Sunday afternoon, we got information from the DGCA that the night landing facility has got the nod," he added.

Currently only a Kingfisher flight operates from Belguam to Mumbai. There are no flights to Bangalore from Belgaum.

"We have requested UB chairman Vijay Mallya to introduce air services directly from Belgaum to Bangalore. We have got a positive response from him. If everything goes well, we will soon have air service to Bangalore from Belgaum," he added.

The clearance has a big relief for s delegates coming from other countries can now easily land in Belgaum without any worries, Kore said.

He said even private air service providers are expected to introduce chartered flight service to Belgaum and Bangalore for people arriving from other states.

"The district administration is in touch with SpiceJet and Kingfisher to to introduce air service from Belgaum to Bangalore following this clearance," said Ekroop Kaur, deputy commissioner, Belgaum.

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