Indian Airport to Use Bird-Scare Crackers

27 September 2010 (Last Updated September 27th, 2010 18:30)

The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in India has been granted permission to use fire-crackers to scare birds and reduce the number of bird-hit incidents at the facility. India banned use of crackers to scare birds at 51 airports in the country, after officials investigated int

The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in India has been granted permission to use fire-crackers to scare birds and reduce the number of bird-hit incidents at the facility.

India banned use of crackers to scare birds at 51 airports in the country, after officials investigated into a case where firecrackers were found in an aircraft in the Indian state of Kerala.

But airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) received an extension from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to 31 July 2010, due to the continuous rain and increasing bird activity.

In 2010, IGI has reported five bird-hit cases out of 25 total recorded cases, while in 2008 and 2009, the airport reported 67 cases each, according to The Hindustan Times.

DIAL has created a separate unit and increased the number of bird chasers to 50 per shift on the three runways, as part of its effort to minimise bird activity.