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Daily Archives: December 16, 2008

Tejas Light Combat Aircraft sucessfully completes high altitude trials

India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has achieved a major milestone when its prototype landed at Leh air base in the high-altitude Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. “Tejas (LCA) programme reached a major milestone when the prototype vehicle PV-3 landed at Leh on December 13 this year at 1326 hours,” Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said …

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US bound travellers from Visa Waiver countries need ESTA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is requiring that beginning January 12, 2009, eligible citizens or nationals from all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries must obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States under the VWP. Visit the ESTA website. The citizens or nationals of the following countries are currently eligible …

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Jet fuel supply problem at Christchurch airport

Singapore Airlines has issued a flight alert for its Christchurch Singapore services. Apparently Christchurch airport is currently providing only limited supplies of jet fuel to airlines as a result of a fuel supply problem. This problem is affecting all airlines operating from Christchurch. As a result, Singapore Airlines is unable to uplift sufficient fuel each day to allow for its …

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Ministry asks airlines to reduce fares

Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), in a meeting held recently in New Delhi, has asked domestic airlines to pass on the benefits of reduced jet fuel prices to passengers by reducing fares. According to a report in Economic Times (ET) today, MoCA has also instructed the airlines to review their security systems and verify the background of their employees in …

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Two Greenfield airport projects at Shimoga and Gulbarga in Karnataka stalled

The Maytas-led consortium has taken a decision to put on hold its two Greenfield airport projects at Shimoga and Gulbarga in Karnataka due to the global recession. For now the projects are stalled and the partners will take the decision on it by end-2009, according to a report in Projects Today. In 2007, Maytas-led consortium – comprising Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction …

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Staff protests hit Air India passengers in India

Air India (AI) passengers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai and other airports across the country will witness delay in baggage clearance and other inconveniences in the coming months as AI employees’ union will conduct a series of demonstrations and strikes to protest against the new ground handling policy of the government. According to a report in today’s …

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Delta to commence nonstop Detroit Rome flights

Delta Air Lines plans to commence nonstop flights between Detroit Metro Airport and Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport from June 4, 2009 (subject to government approvals), using Delta’s subsidiary Northwest. This service will be in addition to Delta’s existing nonstop daily service between Rome and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and twice daily nonstop from New York’s John F. Kennedy-JFK International …

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West Bengal’s first private airport in Bardhaman district to be operational by 2011

Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd’s. (BAPL) first private airport in Bardhaman district in West Bengal is likely to be operational by end of 2011. According to a report in Projects Today, the project, which is a part of the USD 2.5 billion (approximately Rs 12,500 crore) Durgapur Aerotropolis, has got an approval from the West Bengal government and has also overcome …

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State illegally gave BIAL forest land for hotel?

A potentially explosive report in today’s Deccan Chronicle The state government has illegally helped the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to develop commercial real estate on some 200 acres of forest land. BIAL is developing a star hotel, restaurants and office space on this land — all in violation of the Union government’s rules, regulations and Acts. Documents available with …

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