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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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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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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

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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Only one runway in 50 years. India’s lagging airport expansion.

Runway 09 at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

In 2006-07, Mumbai and New Delhi airports were awarded to M/s GMR and GVK and entered an era of private airport management. In the mean time, private public partnership greenfield airports were in progress at Kochi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. Passengers across the nation waited with anticipation to finally be free of the poor service standards of the Airports Authority of …

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Bangalore wants to be India’s first full biometric entry and boarding airport

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport is trying to become India’s first fully biometric airport by the end of next year. Under this system, a passenger enters their Aadhaar UID number when booking their travel. The passenger can enter the airport, check-in, pass through security, and board the aircraft using their stored biometric information like fingerprints. There will be no need for …

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New Delhi IGI airport unveils ambitious expansion plan starting with T1

Computer generated image of the upgraded T1 at New Delhi IGI Airport

Driven by a massive 27% increase in passengers at Terminal 1 (T1), the GMR Group led Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) consortium, has unveiled an ambitious expansion plan to India’s largest airport, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. The Master Plan will be implemented in three phases – 3A from 2018 to 2021, 3B from 2021 to 2025 and 4 …

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Lounge Review: GVK Lounge East Mumbai Airport

After finally clearing immigration at Mumbai airport. I headed to the GVK Lounge East which is the contract lounge used by Air India. I believe there is another larger lounge on the west side of the terminal which also hosts within it a first class lounge. Mumbai airport has a system wherein the individual airlines do have their own lounges …

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Hotel review: Niranta Mumbai airport transit hotel at Terminal 2

The check-in hall at Mumbai CSI airport.

After getting off domestic Air India flight from Bangalore around 21:00, my onward flight was at 06:30 the next morning. The layover was not long enough to head into town and wasn’t short enough to just loiter around the terminal. I had booked a room at the airside transit hotel at Mumbai airport. Crossing Immigration – Reaching too early!! After going …

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Lounge Review: Above Ground Level lounge Bangalore Kempegowda airport

On my Air India trip from Bangalore to London, I finally used the Above Ground Level (AGL) lounge on the domestic side of Bangalore airport. The AGL lounge is located right beside the Plaza premium lounge just after security. The lounge is also located on the mezzanine right beside the Plaza lounge. However unlike the Plaza lounge this lounge does …

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