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    11th Aug, 2020
  • Recently a Boeing 737 of Air India Express on a special ‘Vande Bharat’ accident has once again turned the spotlight on operations to what is called ‘tabletop airports’ in India.
  • It is an airport located and built on top of a plateau or hilly surface, with one or both ends of the runway overlooking a drop.
  • The airports in the country which would count as “tabletops”, are namely Lengpui (Mizoram), Shimla and Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), Pakyong (Sikkim), Mangaluru (Karnataka), Kozhikode and Kannur (both Kerala).
  • There is no such term as a ‘tabletop airport’ in any International Civil Aviation \Organisation (ICAO) technical document.
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) refers to these airports in this manner by way of highlighting safety measures during operations to these runways.