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BIAL confirms launch of new airport on May 24

The BIAL management has sent out this e-mail earlier today, confirming the launch of operations of the new Bengaluru International Airport, later tonight.

Congratulations to the entire BIAL team, and welcome to Bangalore.
Friday, May 23, 2008 1:21 PM

Subject: New Date: Commencement of Commercial Operations at new Bangalore International Airport

Dear All,

This is to inform that Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) has received a notification from the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on the above subject. According to the notification, “the Central Government hereby notifies that the Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli would be commissioned w.e.f. 00.01 hours local time of 24th May, 2008, instead of w.e.f. 00.01 hours of 23rd May 2008 as notified earlier”.

We herewith officially confirm to all partners operating from New Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), Bangalore India:

  1. New Bangalore International Airport will be operational from May 24, 2008
  2. All flights scheduled to depart after 00:01 hours (local time) of May 24, 2008 will operate from the new Bangalore International Airport.
  3. All flights that have a departure after 00:01 hours (local time) of May 24, 2008 from BIAL are accepted for landing at the new Bangalore International Airport on May 23, 2008
  4. All flights that have a departure until 23:59 hours (local time) of May 23, 2008 will be operated from HAL airport (Current airport)

We thank you for your understanding and support and look forward to a mutually beneficial cooperation in future.

With best regards,

Marcel Hungerbuehler
Chief Operation Officer

An update for international passengers.

All flights departing Bangalore before 23:59 23/May will depart from HAL airport. These are EK517, TG328, and SQ503. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines.

In fact SQ503 will be the last international departure from HAL airport.

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