It's certainly not just a shot in the air. The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has plans of making Amausi airport one of the three secondary airports in the country.
After the plan is through, the airport shall be capable of handling diverted flights during fog in the overcrowded northern and eastern sectors.
The ministry had even put up a proposal with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for introducing CAT II Training syllabus for all pilots seeking an endorsement into Jet-type aircraft at the earliest. There are two other airports proposed to get a similar tag — Jaipur and Amritsar.
There is also a proposal by the ministry for speedy installation of the CAT II system at Lucknow, Jaipur and Amritsar airports so that during foggy conditions congestions could be eased in major airports in the northern and eastern sectors.
The Amausi airport in Lucknow currently utilises the CAT-I/Simple Approach system for guiding aircrafts during poor visibility conditions to the runway.
However, airport sources in Lucknow said that considering the rising preference for Amausi airport as a convenient hub in the country's east-west corridor for diverting flights to Lucknow during fog conditions a CAT-II system had become an urgent necessity. The Amausi airport has the terminal capacity of 350 passengers both in the arrival and departure lounges besides essential navigational aids such as "DVOR", "DME", "NDB" and the "ILS" systems.
The current level of renovations and upgradation of the airport infrastructure had been the prime criteria for the Ministry to look at Amausi airport as one of
options among other non-metro airports to ease traffic congestions at larger airports in the northern and eastern sectors by diverting flights to a "secondary" airport, sources said.
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