LAHORE - The Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore is soon to get the latest landing system to deal with poor visibility conditions.

“The installation of Instrument Landing System category III B will be helpful in landing flights even up to 50 meters visibility,” Airport Manager Akhtar Mirza told The Nation on Saturday.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority had ILS Cat II installed at the airport and landing was not possible below 350 meters visibility, he added.

According to Mirza, this state of the art system is supplemented by Advanced Airfield Lighting System and Surface Movement Radar. Combination of these systems will facilitate precision approach and landing guidance to the aircraft during inclement weather conditions.

“The ILS Cat-III B upgrade project comprises installation of various components. Significant work on the project which also includes installation of associated airfield lighting system on primary runway and one of the linked taxiways will be complete by December 1, 2015.”

The project also entails installation of Surface Movement Guidance Control System (SMGCS), Surface Movement Radar (SMR) and Airfield Lighting System (AFL) on other linked taxi ways.

It also includes an Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (AVDGS) and training of CAA personnel to facilitate safe and secure movement of aircraft on ground till docking at the Avio Bridge under poor visibility conditions.

The upgradation will address the long outstanding issue regarding disruption of flights at Lahore during intense fog and smog conditions, ensuring safe and uninterrupted flight operations. This is yet another initiative on part of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority for bringing airports at par with international standards.

CAA has embarked upon a plan to uplift air navigation infrastructure and airports for safe and efficient operations of aircraft in pursuant of the New Aviation Policy 2015.

After the completion of this project, Mirza said, the Lahore airport will join the list of very few top rated airports in the world that have the capability to handle the aircraft operations in poor visibility. In this region, AIIAP Lahore would be the second airport after Indra Ghandi International Airport, Delhi to have this state of the art facility.

The domestic and international passengers travelling to and from AIIAP Lahore would benefit greatly in terms of facilitation and convenience, whereas airlines would gain in terms of huge fuel savings, uninterrupted and safe operations.