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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Air passengers to pay yet another fee

The air transport cartel is at it, again. In all too familiar theme, we passengers must get ready to pay one more “fee“. Readers will recall that airlines decided to scrap travel agent commissions, in India, effective October 31, 2008. This move by the airlines, created an uproar in the industry and led to strikes and protests. Presently, airlines pay …

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Delhi airport shuts brand new runway

Anirban Chowdhury of The Business Standard reports that just four days after it was opened, the third runway at the Delhi airport was closed today after some crucial equipment stopped functioning. Operations were already restricted to daytime use after the runway lights failed over the weekend, rendering the runway unusable at night. According to Air Traffic Controller sources at the …

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BIAL knew well in time … and did nothing

Two newspaper articles, published in Bangalore today, concerning BIAL, the company promoting Bengaluru International Airport, deeply saddened me, despite proving my claims right. Readers will recall, for the past year, in public and on this blog, I have been claiming that the growth rate of aviation in Bangalore, was beyond the capacity of the new BIAL airport. My article “The …

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Kingfisher Airlines cutting back on flights and jobs

Rumours and news have it that all is not well at Kingfisher Airlines. The expansion of the much vaunted and recently launched international services have been curtailed or delayed. The planned launch on the Mumbai London route has been indefinitely postponed. To use the 5 Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently in the fleet, 3 of which are parked on the ground, …

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Indian Air Force objecting to BIAL’s second runway proposal

After reading the below story in The Mint, I can only shake my head and say …”oh no not again!!!”. Both Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) and Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka are vital to Bangalore. AFS Yelahanka is the premier training facility for the Indian Air Force (IAF) transport wing, and home to the internationally renowned AeroIndia show, which brings …

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Customs to shift all operations to BIAL airport

Back in June, I led a high level delegation of industries on a visit of the air cargo facilities run by Menzies Aviation Bobba Group, and Air India Singapore Airport Terminal Services at Bengaluru International Airport. (Read that article). We observed that the Indian Customs Authority did not have a full presence at BIAL airport, despite earlier assurances to Industry …

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Air navigation to be out of AAI hands ?

The Times of India reports that air navigation services, could soon be hived off from the Airports Authority of India (AAI). In a move that would bring India in line with much of the world, these services could be free to upgrade, evolve and create another successful world-class corporation like the ONGC. Government plans are understood to be well on …

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Government approves GAGAN project to provide seamless navigation over India

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation reports that the Government of India has approved the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Space Reseach Organisation’s (ISRO) proposal for the implementation of the GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) project for seamless navigation over Indian airspace at an estimated cost of INR 7.74 Billion. Ex-post facto approval has also been given …

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Behind the scene at BIAL

Quietly, the team at BIAL, has been fixing the problems, to produce a smooth running and efficient airport. On Saturday, 6-Sep-2008, I had the pleasure of visiting the new Bengaluru International Airport as a guest of BIAL Chief Operating Officer Marcel Hungelbuehler and Chief Commercial Officer Manisha Grover. I thank them for the hospitality and the openness. The BIAL airport …

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Politics triumphs need and sense in US Air Force tanker tender

Pentagon hands tanker tangle to next presidentBy Andrea Shalal-Esa and Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defence Department has ended for now a $35 billion (19.9 billion pound) transatlantic aerial-refuelling competition, handing a nagging seven-year headache to the next administration and boosting Boeing Co’s (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) hopes to keep Airbus planes out of the Air Force fleet. …

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GMR to copy Memphis airport model to increase non-aero revenues

The volatility in aviation turbine fuel (ATR) has triggered GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) to change gear from aero to non-aero operations. Currently, revenues from aero operations contribute to three quarters of us total revenues. The rest comes turn non-aero operations. GHAIL is looking at reversing this ratio to offset the turbulence in global ATF prices. It is trying to …

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Jet Airways re-introduces Bengaluru-Pune same day return flight

Jet Airways, announced, they will re-introduce their daily operations on the Pune-Bengaluru-Pune sectors, becoming the only airline to offer its passengers a same day return service between the two cities, effective September 11, 2008 Jet Airways will commence daily operations on the sector with Boeing 737 aircraft, complementing the airline’s existing (six days a week) service on the sector. Flight …

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A new departure for London’s airports

Dismembering BAA should make it possible to develop a second hub airport for the capital and its region AFTER years of being shamed by ever shabbier and more overcrowded airports, Britain is at last getting around to doing the right thing. On August 20th the Competition Commission, which investigates whether markets are working properly, released the damning findings of a …

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Jet annouces Thiruvananthapuram Muscat flight

Jet Airways, will connect Thiruvananthapuram and Muscat, with daily, direct flights, effective September 15, 2008. Jet Airways will operate these services with its internationally-configured Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a two-class configuration: Première and Economy. The new flight will complement Jet Airways’ existing daily service on the Mumbai-Muscat sector. Jet 9W 530 (Thiruvananthapuram-Muscat) will depart Thiruvananthapuram at 0755 hrs and arrive …

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Congratulations to BIAL on their 100 days anniversary

Congratulations to the entire team at Bengaluru International Airport Limited for achieving 100 days of operations. I also acknowledge the hard work put in the two cargo terminal operators Menzies Aviation-Bobba and Air India-Singapore Airport Terminal Services, and all the other stake-holders at the BIAL airport. Most of the initial teething troubles have been addressed and rectified and the engagement …

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