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HAL Airport rated at 8 million passenger capacity

An official study by the Airports Authority of India assesses the annual passenger capacity of HAL Airport at 8 million passengers. 6.5 million domestic terminal and 1.5 million international terminal. This is contrary to popular belief of 3.5 million passengers. According to Mr. B.R. Sena, General Manager, AAI, Bangalore, the figure of 3.5 million is based on extremely old assessments. …

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Kingfisher Airlines rethinking international operations

Mallya rethinks overseas plansAVIATION CRISIS DEEPENSManisha Singhal / Mumbai June 28, 2008 San Francisco may get delayed, New York on ice. Two months before its maiden overseas flight was to take off, billionaire Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines has decided to rethink its whole strategy of flying abroad. “Due to the increase in crude oil prices and no signs of stability …

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Paramount Airways adds new routes to its network

Paramount Airways adds new routes to its networkWill enhance operations from 62 flights to 66 flights a day in the following weeksBy TBM Staff | Chennai Madurai based, Paramount Airways is planning to enhance its operations from 62 flights a day to 66 flights a day in the following weeks. The new routes include Bangalore-Vishakapatnam (direct), Chennai-Vishakapatnam (direct) and Chennai-Tiruchipalli …

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Chennai Airport to commence work on second domestic terminal

Chennai’s Anna International Airport, to commence work on second domestic terminal within two monthsResidents oppose expansion of existing airportBy Lakshmi Vishwanath | Chennai Chennai’s Anna International Airport, will commence work on the construction of the second domestic terminal, within the next two months and is expected to be completed in 28 months. “It will have two-level terminals with departure area …

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BIAL to raise $200 mn., eyes valuation of $2-2.5 bn

BIAL to raise $200 mn., eyes valuation of $2-2.5 bnBoby Kurian, Rajesh Unnikrishnan & Peerzada Abrar BANGALORE/MUMBAI THE operator of the newly-opened Bengaluru International Airport is seeking a valuation of up to $2.5 billion to raise about $200 million in equity to fund the second phase of the airport’s development. The valuation of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), which sources …

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Road to BIAL blocked after fatal accident

In my April article “Beware …. Pedestrians” I had highlighted the need for pedestrian safety and over-bridges. The closing line in that article was “The last thing we all want to see, is a repeat of the recent Mysore Road incident, and a major dharna blocking traffic for hours on end, on the only decent access road to the airport.” …

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Air India may reduce flights to New York

Air India discusses reducing flights to New York, decision likely soon MUMBAI: Surging air turbine fuel prices and mounting losses may compel Air India to reduce the frequency some of its international flights including its recently-introduced New York flights from both Mumbai and Delhi. The matter was understood to have been discussed at a meeting of senior Air India officials …

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HAL can help airlines save fuel

The high prices of ATF (Aviation Turbine Fuel) have the airlines in India in a tizzy. They are cutting back services, begging for a reduction in fuel taxes, sub-leasing their aircraft, basically, anything, which will help stop their haemorrhaging losses. Karnataka has one the highest prices of ATF in the country due to its high taxes, and faces pressure for …

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Expert AAI team arrives at BIAL

Staff Reporter Bangalore: A team of experts from the Airport Authority of India (AAI), led by D.P Singh, General Manager (Communication and Management Survey), is assessing the air traffic and passenger capacity of the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) at Devanahalli following a direction from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. According to sources in the BIA, the team of four members …

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BIA gets new frequency

S Praveen Dhaneshkar, DH News Service, Bangalore: The Airports Authority of India has adopted a new VOR (Very High Frequency Omni-directional Radio Range) for the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) at Devanahalli after it was found that its VOR of 112.3 MHz was also being used by the INS Rajali, a naval airbase of the Indian Navy at Arakkonam, TN. The …

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BIA officials scramble to avert disaster

Wednesday June 18 2008 Express News Service BANGALORE: Aviation officials at Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) are striving to correct a folly that earlier escaped being noticed by those involved in air traffic control, but could’ve proved to be expensive. In a shocking case of carelessness, a first in the history of aviation, Bengaluru International Airport is using the same VOR …

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Chennai-Bangalore flights go near empty

18 Jun 2008, V Ayyappan,TNN CHENNAI: With travellers hesitating to fly to the new Bangalore airport because it is a two-hour drive from the city’s centre, airlines have started to combine some of their services on the Chennai-Bangalore route. Airlines that are already reeling under the impact of high cost of jet fuel are struggling to cope with low load …

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Taxi services to BIAL

I have updated all the BIAL transport information in October 2008. Please use the Vayu Vajra link on the main menu bar. BIAL bound? No problemAuthor: Priyadarshini Nandy Booking a cab to and from the airport just became easier with service providers going online. You don’t have to worry about them turning up on time as stiff competition keeps these …

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BIAL CEO: ‘We were close to pulling out’

DH News Service, Bangalore: Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) Chief Executive Officer, Albert Brunner on Monday said on several times in the past, the BIA consortium (Larsen and Toubro, Zurich Airport and Siemens AG) was on the edge of pulling out from the prestigious airport project. Delivering a talk on the new airport at the Aeronautical Society of India here, Mr …

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Erroneous glideslope at BIA

Monday June 16 2008 Monica Jha BANGALORE: Pilots from two airlines (one domestic and one international) have reportedly complained about problems in landing using instrument landing system (ILS) at the Bengaluru International Airport. The runway (27 orientation, which is being used presently) at the new airport has a 3.4 degree glideslope for an ILS approach while the international standard for …

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Expressway to BIA grounded

DH News Service, Bangalore: The State government, citing a study report of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), has told the High Court that the proposed super expressway connecting the Outer Ring Road and Bangalore International Airport (BIA) is not feasible. Advocate-General Udaya Holla, in his submission on the airport connectivity, informed the court that the NHAI, which conducted …

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Airlines may cut more flights to fight ATF costs

Anirban Chowdhury & Manisha Singhal / New Delhi/Mumbai June 16, 2008, The airline industry said it would consider deeper cuts in flights and routes to counter rising aviation turbine fuel (ATF) costs and falling passenger growth as a result of rising fares. This is one of the key decisions taken at a five-hour meeting among airline chiefs Friday, including Kingfisher’s …

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Big birds stare at elbow-room problem on Bangalore tarmac

ANIL BUDUR LULLA Bangalore, June 14: The glitzy airport in India’s software capital that was to have been the takeoff point for the aviation growth story remains grounded in the present. From “teething problems” like the long journey to the airport in Devanahalli, 50km from the city, the scanner has now shifted to its planning, which, airline sources said, has …

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