With fog ensuring a torrid time for travellers over the past two months, Chandigarh airport will soon operate even during fog by February-end, as it is one among 13 airports across the country that will be equipped with the technology – CAT-III.
Amritsar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Patna and Lucknow are other airports that are also being equipped with the technology under a joint exercise being carried out by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Except for Jaipur airport, all other facilities will get the technology by mid-February, a civil ministry official said on Wednesday. At present, only the Delhi airport is equipped with the CAT-III technology. The equipment installation work at the Jaipur airport will be completed by July 31, the official added. “We hope that passengers from these airports will not face any problem during the fog season next year. However, airlines will also need to train their pilots for the technology and make planes CAT-III compliant as well for operations from these airports,” the official added. The AAI runs all these airports.