Airports to acquire aircraft recovery kits to avoid Mumbai Airport-like situation

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja International Airport in Mumbai remained partially shut for almost 90 hours after a SpiceJet aircraft overshot the runway into the mud on July 2. This led to cancellation of hundreds of flights, loss of crores of rupees in business and also led to a spike in fares.

In order to avoid such types of incidence in the future, the aviation regulator has asked airport operators to acquire aircraft recovery kits to retrieve stuck aircraft.

“We cannot be the world’s third-largest aviation market and not have the capability to retrieve an aircraft for 90 hours,” a senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation official who did not want to be identified, told a publication. “We will soon have such equipment at six airports to avoid a repeat of long closures.”

The DGCA took this decision on Tuesday at a meeting chaired by its director general Arun Kumar. This meeting was attended by airport operators and other stakeholders. Read More

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