Bird menace, runway issues among safety risk of premier airport

The safety risks has been taken up by the pilots and the operating airlines with the authorities

Bird menace, obstacles on both ends of the approach path of runway, lack of basic strip, and inability to use the entire 3,398-metre runway of the State’s premier airport in Thiruvananthapuram for flight operations have come into limelight at a time when safety of airports is under scanner.The bird menace that is primarily due to the dumping of waste along the NH-66 bypass, fish markets, and illegal slaughter houses thriving in the vicinity of the airport is one of the potential hazards to aircraft and the biggest risks the pilots face while approaching from the Kovalam side via Muttathara to land at the airport.“Though bird hits continue to be a menace, constant vigil by the bird scarers and a slew of initiatives by the Airports Auth
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