The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has renewed the aerodrome licence of Mangaluru International Airport. The renewed licence effective from September 16, 2023, will be valid for a period of five years, that is up to September 15 2028.
The validity of the current aerodrome licence issued on March 16 2022, ended on September 15 2023. The airport received the renewed licence on September 12.
The DGCA had initially granted an aerodrome licence to Mangaluru International Airport Ltd, which operates Mangaluru International Airport, on September 16 2021, for a six-month period up to March 15 2022. The civil aviation regulator subsequently extended the same for a further 18 months from March 16 2022, up to September 15 2023. A media statement said the latest renewal has seen DGCA do so for a five-year period.
Issued under Rule 78 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937, the aerodrome licence is a key document for the airport operator. The licence signifies that the aerodrome meets the specifications regarding its management systems, operational procedures, physical characteristics, assessment and treatment of obstacles, visual aids, rescue, and firefighting as per the civil aviation regulator’s Civil Aviation Requirement section.
The statement said the aerodrome licence gives the airport operator complete management of the airport as per the concession agreement. The airport is committed to ensuring top priority to safe operation in all weather conditions. This is also in line with the airport’s ‘Vision 2025’, which is set to make the airport the safest through state-of-the-art infrastructure and secure using the most advanced technology, it said.