Indian airspace has seen a 52 per cent increase in bird collision incidents during the year 2022, as commercial aviation has picked up significantly after the global pandemic.
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), there were 2,174 cases of bird strikes in the country last year, which is more than 1,430 cases in the year 2021.
According to the DGCA data, not only did the incidents of bird strikes increase, but the incidents of animal strikes at airports also increased to 36 in the year 2022, while the number of such incidents in the year 2021 was 23.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which operates more than 100 airports across the country, said that this increase in these incidents is due to the increase in the number of flights in the year 2022 after the pandemic.
According to aviation analysis firm Cerium, the total number of domestic and international flights in the Indian airspace is set to increase by 32.29 per cent to 13 lakh in 2022. Incidents of bird and animal strikes are among the biggest threats to flight operations. One is considered. Earlier this month, a Pune-bound AirAsia India flight had to make an emergency landing at the Bhubaneswar airport. Had to do this after being hit by a bird.
Last month, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had said that all measures have been taken to address the problem of bird strikes and stressed the need to keep areas around airports clean.
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