Normalcy restored at Raipur Airport

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Sep 2018 10:40:11



Staff Reporter,


The air traffic affected due to lightning was so major that it took

7 extra hours approximately to resume the operations

The normalcy has been restored at Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur from Saturday evening. Hit by lightning, the operations at Swami Vivekananda Airport had to be suspended since Friday evening. The air traffic was suspended from the airport and was expected to resume from 12 Noon on Saturday, but since the damage due to lighting was major, it took another seven hours approximately to resume operations. However, the normal flight services from the airport will resume from Sunday morning onwards.

Talking to The Hitavada, R S Sahay, Airport Director, Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, said after a severe lightning yesterday evening at 6 pm, Doppler Very High Frequency Air (DVOR), an instrument critical for aircraft to navigate in the air was damaged. Consequently four flights (2 Jet Airways and 2 Indigo) were cancelled yesterday. A team from Central Head Quarters (CHQ), New Delhi, was deputed to assist the local officials and the instrument was restored wef 6:45pm today. Today total five flights including 3 Indigo and 2 Jet Airways were cancelled.

Sahay said the Airport Authority of India sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused to the esteemed passengers while adding that, “We are back to normal top-notch service for which Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur is known for. We thank all our partners who extended all possible help.” It may be recalled that after lightning affected the DVOR, it became unserviceable. Immediately the Communication Navigation Surveillance team (CNS) was pressed into service for its checking and subsequently repairing the damage. With able support from the CHQ team, the job was ably completed. Due to the incident, the Airport had taken NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) till 12 Noon today, which was extended till evening.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, who was due to arrive by Jet Airways 679 Delhi-Raipur, along with Principal Secretary Aman Kumar Singh, Secretary Subodh Kumar Singh, Special Secretary Rajat Kumar and Advisor to Chief Minister Vikram Sisodia yesterday, from the national capital, was stranded there and later arrived Raipur by a special plane on Saturday.