Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) has installed an aviation weather monitoring system (AWMS) at its new runway.

Following this, the airport becomes the first in India to have AWMS technology, developed by Bengaluru-based CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), at both ends of the new runway.

The airport has also inducted four Drishti transmissometers, developed by NAL, in association with the Indian Metrological Department (IMD), to measure the Runway Visibility Range (RVR). It is suitable for all categories of airports such as CAT I, CAT II, CAT III A and B and measures RVR down to 25 metres.

With AWMS and RVR integrated, the data is displayed on one single display screen. With the web-enabled feature, the data can be accessed, and maintenance can be carried out from any location.

The BLR airport campus has also been opened for cyclists. A dedicated cycle parking facility will be available near The Quad by BLR to help cyclists enjoy the space while their bikes are monitored by the airport’s security systems.

In other news, the north runway of the BLR airport has been closed for rehabilitation.

The work includes strengthening and resurfacing of the runway as well as the installation of runway centerline lights. Once complete, these enhancements will offer flexibility to operate both runways in low visibility and adverse weather conditions.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

All flight operations during this period will be from the new south runway.