A big avian menace hangs over the airport.

Bird strikes can damage aircraft, especially engines, according to airport official . Officials at Coimbatore International Airport are following mitigation suggestions made by experts .

Coimbatore, India: Bird attacks pose a safety danger to aircraft and passengers at Coimbatore International Airport in 2021-22, up from 20 in 2020-21, according to an airport official.Bird strikes can damage aircraft, especially engines.We never had a life-threatening situation, he said.Officials at the airport are following the mitigation suggestions made by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (Sacon).

However, only 20 incidents occurred in 2020-21.The decrease in incidents in the last two years could be due to a decrease in the number of flights operated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to airport director V Senthil Valavan.To keep birds at bay, we have stationed one person per 200 meters.To discourage birds, they use Zon guns and crackers.

For example, Senthil said, we also cut down grass fields to discourage birds from nesting there.Lapwings were never fatally injured because they were tiny birds.Nonetheless, if they are squeezed into the engine, they can also cause injury to certain aircraft.According to a source, the flying threat cannot be controlled by airport authorities alone.

A significant change can be made by removing garbage bags from residential areas.Authorities in the sector have promised to do so.