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GoAir shifts departure terminal at Mumbai, but arrivals remain same

GoAir Airbus A320 VT-GOJ takes off from New Delhi. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

GoAir has relocated its departures at Mumbai CSI airport from terminal 1A to terminal 1B from Friday, September 25, 2015. Terminal 1B is the same terminal where other private operators IndiGo, Jet Airways, and SpiceJet operate from. Entrance to the GoAir check-in counters is from gate 2. However all GoAir arrivals will continue at terminal 1A till further notice from …

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Nepal Airlines, Thai AirAsia and Kuwait Airways begin Bangalore service

Kuwait Airways Airbus A300B4-605R 9K-AMA at Frankfurt Main airport. Kuwait Airways Airbus A300B4-605R 9K-AMA at Frankfurt Main airport. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

Three new foreign carriers are beining services to Bangalore today. The first Nepal Airlines RA-225 was operated by an Airbus A320 (9N-AKX), the service will operate thrice a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA RA-225 Kathmandu Bangalore 12:40 15:35 RA-226 Bangalore Kathmandu 16:25 19:40 The second airline to commence service today is Thai Air …

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Exclusive photos: Tractor hits and damages Air India A320 aircraft

Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor

Earlier this month a push back tractor appears to have hit an Airbus A320 of the national airline Air India. The incident involving VT-EPJ occurred at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji airport in the middle of a rain storm, earlier this month. There are some reports that the aircraft rolled forward before the towbar which is connected to the nose wheel was …

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First independent airport lounge opens at London Heathrow Terminal 5

The first independent shared-use airport lounge has opened at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 (T5). Located at the north end of the terminal, near gate A18, ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5‘ is jointly owned and operated by Collinson Group, the owners of Priority Pass, and Swissport, the world’s largest aviation services provider. The lounge is open from 05:00 …

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New voice info system at Bangalore airport in addition to WhatsApp service

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the consortium operating the Kempegowda International Airport (KIAB) at Bangalore, has installed a custom-developed interactive voice response system (IVRS) to provide airport and flight-related information. The IVRS can be accessed via a toll free number 1-800-425-4425 and is multi-lingual, offering support for English, Hindi and Kannada. The airport already offers information via a WhatsApp service …

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Kempegowda airport once again India’s third busiest

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is once again the third busiest airport in India after New Delhi IGI and Mumbai CSI airports. KIA has gone past Chennai to claim the top spot for southern India. KIAB statistics The airport will cross 15.24 million passengers for the fiscal year 2014-15 which ended on March 31, 2015. A 75% increase from the …

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Bangalore Kempegowda airport wins ‘best airport’ award

Bhaskar Bodapat and Hari Marar of BIAL with award at the SKYTRAX World Airports Awards 2015, Paris. BIAL image.

The GVK promoted Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB) has won the ‘Best Regional Airport in Central Asia’ award by SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2015, which were held in Paris on 11th March. The SKYTRAX World Airport Awards is the largest passenger satisfaction survey measured across 39 key performance indicators in airport service excellence and quality. The World Airport Awards are …

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Jet Airways begins use of Mobile Boarding passes at Bangalore

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

In a much welcomed effort, Jet Airways is collaborating with the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of India (BCAS) and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) for a pilot project to test the use of Mobile Boarding Passes on its flights. During this trial phase, guests can use the boarding passes on their mobile phones to enter Bengalore’s Kempegowda International Airport …

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New Delhi airport world’s best, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad in top 5

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) Terminal 3 overview. Photo courtesy DIAL.

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport (IGIA) has been ranked as world’s best airport for the year 2014, in the airport service quality (ASQ) awards of Airports Council International, in the 25 to 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) size category. The ASQ awards survey covers 34 key service areas including major categories such as access, check-in, security, airport facilities, …

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Bangalore airport closures due to Aero India show begin today

Runway 09 at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

The Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru will be partially closing airport operations starting today due to upcoming Aero India 2015 air show to be held at the adjacent Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka. Bangalore airport closure timings Dates KIA airport closure timing in IST (UTC +5.5) Purpose February 10th to 16th, 2015 12:30 – 15:00 (12:30pm – 3:00pm) Practice Day …

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It’s official. Dubai replaces Heathrow as world’s busiest international airport

Dubai airport at dawn

Dubai International airport (IATA: DXB) has officially become the world’s busiest international airport dethroning long time leader London’s Heathrow airport. As the the year-end traffic report released by airport operator Dubai Airports, in 2014 Dubai handled 70,475,636 passengers up 6.1 from the 66,431,533 passengers recorded a year earlier. In December, which sees significant holiday traffic, the airport saw 6,498,573 passengers …

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Delta opens new arrivals lounge at London Heathrow airport terminal 3

Delta Air Lines arrival lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3.

Tthe world’s largest carrier, Delta Air Lines, recently announced it will commence flights to London Heathrow from Philadelphia, Seattle and Los Angeles. Yesterday Delta announced the opening of its new arrivals lounge at Heathrow airport. The lounge which is open to all BusinessElite passengers and SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members is located in the arrivals hall of terminal 3. …

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Bangalore Kempegowda airport first in India to be IATA e-freight compliant

Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F freighter D-ALCC being loaded at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Bangalore’s Kempegowda international airport has been rated an International Air Transport Association (IATA) e-freight compliant airport for cargo operations. The airport is the first in India to achieve the compliance with the operationalisation and implementation of the e-freight process. The e-freight initiative was facilitated by IATA, a global trade association comprising over 240 airlines around the world. As part of …

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BIAL to build second terminal and runway at KIA after it gets EC approval

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

The airport operators of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) have been formally accorded the environment clearance (EC) for its second stage expansion, which will include construction of a new terminal and a new second runway to the south side of the airport. The approval was granted by the Ministry of environment, forests & climate change …

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Mysore Bangalore airport direct ‘FlyBus’ service now operational

On Wednesday, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) inaugurated its luxury ‘FlyBus’ service which will connect the city of Mysore direct to the Bengaluru / Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore. The service will be operated by a 40 seat luxury Volvo B9R twin-rear-axle bus, complete with a pantry, chemical toilets, 2+2 semi-sleeper seating with 70 channels of in-seat video. …

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Bangalore airport passenger and airline fees increased significantly

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority has awarded Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), the airport operator of the Kempegowda International Airport, at Bangalore a significant fee increase affecting both airlines as well as passengers, effective July 1, 2014. Departing passengers will see an increase of up to 31% in the User Development Fee (UDF). Five years on, with virtually no utilisation …

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Exclusive videos: Singapore Air’s A380 gets water cannon salute at Delhi

Yesterday, Singapore Airlines commenced the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to India when it landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi airport. The aircraft was welcomed by the traditional water cannon salute customary to every first flight to an airport. View our exclusive videos and photos. Exclusive video of Singapore Airlines first A380 landing at New Delhi airport Exclusive videos …

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