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Bangalore airport to close lounges and transit hotel for renovation

Domestic Plaza Lounge - Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore Airport has announced that it will be closing the airport lounges and transit hotel for renovations. The refurbishment will be done in two phases and will take 18 – 20 months to complete. There are currently two lounges each in the domestic and international hold areas – operated by Plaza Premium and Above Ground Level (Bird Catering and Lounges). …

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BIAL announces 120% increase in UDF for next four months

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore Airport (BIAL) has announced that the User Development Fee (UDF) at the Kempegowda International Airport, will be increased for four months from 16 April 2019. The UDF per passenger will be revised: from Rs. 139 to Rs. 306 for domestic departures from Rs. 558 to Rs. 1,226 for international departures The revised fee will be applicable for tickets procured …

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Indigo to open Bangalore Airport’s first MRO facility

InterGlobe Aviation (Indigo) has signed an agreement with Bangalore airport to build a Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility. The 20-year agreement will see InterGlobe build a 13,000 sqm hangar on five acres of land. The facility will be able to accommodate two narrow-body aircraft and support infrastructure, including an engine QEC shop warehouse and engineering offices. The MRO will …

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Ural Airlines delays Mumbai flights to July

Ural Airlines Airbus A321 VP-BSW.

Russian carrier Ural Airlines has pushed back their Mumbai launch to 2 July 2019. The airline had previously planned to launch flights from 31 March 2019. The frequency of the new service has also been changed from a daily to four times weekly. The route will be operated by an Airbus A321. Flight Number Origin Destination Departure Arrival Frequency U6 …

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Bangalore Airport announces closure timings for Aero India 2019

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore airport will partially close operations from 14th – 24th February due to the upcoming Aero India show. The biennial show is being conducted at the nearby Yelahanka Air Force Station and as always Bangalore Airport suspends operations during rehearsals and the show days. Date Timings of airspace closure Purpose February 14th – 17th, 2019 1330 – 1630 hours Practice Days …

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Bangalore Kempegowda airport embarks on expansion plan to cater till 2030

Bangalore Kempegowda Airport Terminal 2 Phase 1 - Artistic impression

Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) the operators of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has officially announced the launch of a Rs 13,000 crore expansion programme. The expansion includes the second runway to the south called the New South Parallel Runway (NSPR), Terminal 2 (T2), and expansion of the access roads including an under-ground tunnel from the eastern boundary of the …

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United announces Delhi to San Francisco flight

United Airlines Boeing 787 N29907. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

United Airlines has announced a number of new routes from its hub in San Francisco. The airline will begin flights to: New Delhi, India (daily) Amsterdam, Netherlands (daily) Melbourne, Australia (3x weekly) Seoul Incheon (Adding second daily frequency) Toronto, Canada (2x daily) Tahiti, French Polynesia (year-round flights, previously seasonal) Auckland, New Zealand (year-round flights, previously seasonal) Non-stop San Francisco to …

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Bangalore airport plans a 17% increase in international Air Traffic Movements

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Kempegowda International Airport has planned an increase of 17% international Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) over the coming winter schedule. An ATM is defined as either a take off or landing at an airport. The airport has released the following ATM numbers: At the start of Winter 2018, the BLR Airport is expected to achieve Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) of about …

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Details of “The House” lounge revealed after Etihad exit’s it’s London lounge

Middle eastern carrier Etihad Airways is in the middle of a massive cost cutting spree. The airline has gone from spending money like there was no tomorrow to pinching every possible penny. In the last year we have seen the airline cut down routes, reduce passenger benefits like the chauffeur drive, catering and beverage quality in first and business, etc. …

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UDF passenger fees reduced by 67% at Bangalore airport

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) has published its order of tariffs for the second control period (April 2016 – March 2021) at Bangalore airport. The user development fees (UDF) at Bangalore airport have been reduced by 67% from 16 September 2018. However the UDF will increase every year as the airport invests in the second runway and …

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UDF passenger fees set to significantly reduce at Bangalore airport from July

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the operator of Bangalore’s Kempegowda international airport, has proposed a steep decrease in user development fees (UDF) collected from every departing passenger from July 1. From the current ₹384.27 the UDF for domestic passengers is proposed to be reduced to ₹79.19. International passengers will pay an UDF of ₹316.76 down from the current ₹1,537. However, the joy …

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Çelebi to become third ground handling provider at Bangalore

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Turkish ground handling company Çelebi Airport Services has been awarded a ground handling license by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL). The contract was won after a bidding process which saw multiple global ground handling participate. The company will begin to provide ground handling services from August 2018 under a 10 year concession. The company plans to invest $7-9 million in …

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Nagpur airport to implement SITA common use systems

The Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) will implement common use passenger processing solutions for check-in and boarding and baggage tracking from SITA. The Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) and Common Use Self Service (CUSS) allows any check in desk, kiosk or gate position to be utilized by agents of any airline – leading to a more …

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Video: Time-lapse of Fanhansa 747 turn-around

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI 'Fanhansa Livery'.

Last time I was airside at Bangalore airport, I tried to shoot some video along with the pictures you usually see on BangaloreAviation. I tried a time-lapse of the turn-around of Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI service between Frankfurt and Bengaluru Kempegowda airport. On a time-lapse certain movements which are very slow in real life get magnified. Enjoy watching how the …

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Court favours Delhi airport, but IndiGo and Spicejet resist move to T2

Jet Airways A330 fleet at New Delhi IGI airport Terminal 2

In the on-going saga of getting airlines to move to the re-opened Terminal 2 (T2) at the Indira Gandhi airport, the Delhi High Court has passed a judgement favouring the airport operator M/s Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). In November, India’s largest domestic airline, Indigo, had approached the court petitioning against DIAL’s efforts forcing IndiGo to shift a part of …

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