Flights at Palma airport have been disrupted twice this year by dense fog, forcing the airport authority to carry out improvements to the runway. Spanish airport and air traffic control board Aena said yesterday that 1.3 million euros is to be spent on Palma's South runway with the installation of a system which will allow aircraft to take off and land in thick fog and adverse meteorological conditions. Sources for Aena said yesterday that work will start as soon as possible and take eight months to complete. The ILS Instrumental Landing System will transmit radio-electric signals to in coming aircraft, guiding them to the runway. The guidance system, according to Aena, is 100 per cent reliable in the event of zero visibility due to thick fog or low cloud. While the system is being installed, aircraft will be equipped with the necessary equipment and flight crews trained to operate the new system. The south runway will also be fitted with new landing lights.

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