On a request from Air India,a joint team of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Air India inspected the Sahnewal Airport on Wednesday.
The aim is to smoothen out the take-off for the much-in-demand New Delhi-Ludhiana flight,which is supposed to start in May. For almost a decade now,the airport has been non-functional. The new flight is expected to give a boost to the industry here.
Director General of AAI Ram Lal,along with senior DGCA officials,is likely to visit the airport on Thursday to conduct the final inspection.
Air India had applied to the Director General of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India for approval of this flight.
The team that inspected the airport on Wednesday was led by Manager (Commercial) of Air India,Siddhi Uniyal and Sahnewal Airport incharge VP Jain. Air India has asked the AAI and DGCI to grant permission to start the Ludhiana-New Delhi flight from May 1 onwards.
Though the inspection team found some shortcomings,the AAI officials said all help would be provided to the Air India to start the service.
Kingfisher Airlines,which was supposed to launch the flight,had backed out at the last moment in March this year. Air India then jumped in on the request of MP Manish Tewari. Commenting on that,the airport incharge said: This time,Ludhiana will surely have air connectivity. It might get a bit delayed,but rest assured,Air India will operate a flight from the city. I have already assured the ministry that the Sahnewal Airport is fit to handle a 72-seater aircraft.