A special team attached to the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has carried out an examination to restore the operation of wide-bodied aircraft at the Calicut International Airport.
Official sources said that S. Durairaj, Deputy Director of Operations (Aerodrome Standards), Southern Region, conducted an assessment of the facilities at the airport. The operation of wide-bodied aircraft was abruptly halted after an Air India Express flight accident at the airport on August 7. The aircraft classified under Code C (medium or short range) involved in the accident killed 21 people, including both pilots and injured more than 100 passengers. The flight was part of the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian nationals stranded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources said that the DGCA team reached Calicut airport following demands from airline companies, Airport Advisory Committee of the Calicut International Airport and and various organisations including the Malabar Development Council and Malabar Development Forum to resume the operation of wide-bodied aircraft.
Besides, Calicut Airport has been excluded from the list of Haj embarkation points in the country. It was in July this year that Saudia (Saudi Arabian airlines) resumed the operation of Haj flights.