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Kannur airport proves to be operationally ready

The Kannur International Airport here is not yet commissioned for commercial service as the works are in their final stages, but its facilities facilitated the operation of Navy aircraft for handling emergency situation in the aftermath of the floods in the State.

Indian Navy’s Dornier aircraft landed in the airport thrice in the past five days carrying divers for cleaning up the intake chamber of the Kerala Water Authority’s pumping facility at the Pazhassi reservoir.

Full of filth

The pumping had been suspended, as the intake chamber was filled with filth and mud following flooding and landslides in the district. The aircraft also took off from the airport runway to take the divers back to Kochi. According to airport officials, the landing and take-off of the aircraft before the airport was operational served as a proof that the facilities at the airport were operationally ready.

The airport’s Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range (DVOR) Radar, which was calibrated recently, was used for the operation of the Navy’s aircraft at the airport, they added.

The Dornier aircraft landed at the airport on Tuesday to carry the diving equipment back to Kochi.

As the airport works are in their final stages, officials say the licences and clearances for starting the commercial operation would be secured by next month.

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