Budget carrier SpiceJet on 11 September 2015 became the first-ever civil airliner to make night landing on Veer Savarkar International Airport at Port Blair. The successful operation of the flight SG-251 paves the way for similar flight movements after sunset.
The flight was commanded by Capt. Gurcharan Arora and Capt. Ranbir Singh and the 212-seater Boeing 737-900ER aircraft VT-SLD was greeted upon arrival by a grand water cannon salute, an aviation tradition to mark key milestones.
Later the aircraft departed for Kolkata as SG-261, thereby completing a cycle of landing and take-off from the Port Blair airport during the night time.
The night landing was made possible by the recent upgrade of the airport with improved runway, lighting and navigation systems to allow commercial night flying.
The upgrade was carried out by the Andaman and Nicobar administration, with support from the Civil Aviation Ministry, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Andaman and Nicobar Command and Airports Authority of India (AAI).
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When: 11 September 2015