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Emirates to commence A380 service to London Gatwick

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

The world’s largest Airbus A380 operator, Dubai-based Emirates airline, will become the first to operate the A380 superjumbo in to London’s Gatwick airport. The carrier who just took delivery of its 44th A380, will increase its seats by 36% when it replaces the existing Boeing 777-300ER on its EK09/EK10 flights between Dubai and London Gatwick, with the A380, from March …

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New Delhi is first airport terminal globally to register at UN as ‘Clean Development Mechanism’ project

Terminal 3 (T3) of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi, has become the first terminal in the world to have successfully registered with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project for its emission reduction initiatives. T3 has adopted various energy efficient measures thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions of 16,413 tons of CO2 …

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India’s tallest Air Traffic Control tower, at Mumbai airport, inaugurated

By BA StaffMumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), inaugurated India’s tallest ATC tower with a height of 83.8 metre and built within an area of 2,800 square metres. The location and the height of the new ATC tower will enable the tower controllers to have unobstructed view of the entire operational area, which will help in optimizing air traffic separation …

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PHOTOS: Star Alliance opens new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport

by BA Staff The new joint Star Alliance lounge at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport opened its doors on 25th September. The new lounge, designed by global architectural firm Gensler, has more than 18,000 square feet of floor space, and an open air terrace offering panoramic views of the airport’s northern runway looking towards the …

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Bangalore International Airport introduces official airport app for BlackBerry smartphones

by Devesh Agarwal The operator of the Bengaluru International Airport, Bengaluru International Airport Ltd., has announced the launch of its official ‘Airport Guide Application’ for BlackBerry® smartphones for all information relating to services at the airport. The free app is designed for both BlackBerry® 10 and BlackBerry® OS smartphones (running OS 5 or higher), and is available for downloads on …

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Bengaluru International Airport renamed as Kempe Gowda International Airport

The renaming of Bangalore’s Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) to Kempe Gowda International Airport received approval from the Union Cabinet yesterday. The lower house of the state legislature, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, passed a unanimous resolution on December 10, last year and the upper house, the Karnataka Legislative Council, also passed a similar resolution two days later to rename the airport. …

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Airport lounge report: Iberia Dali business class lounge: Madrid Barajas Terminal 4

During my trip from Barcelona to Lisbon via Madrid (read trip report here), I had intentionally chosen a long layover at Barajas airport as I wanted to both see the famous wavy ceilings which created quite a ripple (yes, the pun is intentional) when the airport opened in 2006, and I also wanted to explore the Iberia lounge at its …

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Photos: New Delhi airport – aerial views of the ramp, Jet’s A330 fleet, Blue Dart and Kenya Airways freighters

by Devesh Agarwal Once again the kind friends at Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. (DIAL), the company which operates the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), supported the Aviation Photographers India Foundation by giving access to the airside, after they had received permission from the DGCA. Yours truly, got on to a Rosenbauer turn-table ladder (TTL) of the airport fire-fighting team, …

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Opinion: Bangalore airport should disclose full details of premature runway surface failure

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

Late last month, the airport operators of the Bengaluru International Airport announced a closure of the sole runway (09-27) starting from March 11, which will result in a suspension of all flight operations during the day, effectively shutting down the whole airport. Runway 09 at Bangalore airport The operators, Bengaluru International Airport Ltd. (BIAL), indicated the runway closure was being …

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Photos and Video: Bangalore airport terminal 1 to be expanded almost 100%

The operators of the Bengaluru international airport (BIA), Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), have announced a massive expansion of the existing terminal 1 which is expected to commence almost immediately, cost about Rs. 1,000 Crore (approx $222 million) and complete in about 18 months time. Outline of existing terminal indicates the scope of expansion. Click on image for high res. …

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Bangalore airport’s hidden brain – the Airport Operation Control Centre

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

Sitting directly opposite the western-most arrivals gate, in plain sight and yet missed by most passengers is the hidden nerve centre of Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) – the Airport Operations Control Centre or AOCC in short. The AOCC is the command, coordination and control centre for the whole airport which brings together the diverse processes relating to the three major …

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Lufthansa opens new lounge at Munich; offers end to end Mumbai Munich premium service

Even during the current economic slowdown and it’s resultant impact on premium air travel, Lufthansa is continuing it’s ongoing investment in lounges. It recently opened the Lufthansa Senator Lounge at Munich. With the Munich lounge, Lufthansa now offers a complete end to end premium experience for passengers on its recently launched all business class Mumbai Munich service. The new lounge …

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Encroachments cramp one of Asia’s best runways at Delhi airport

Thanks to rampant encroachment, over one-third of one of Asia’s longest and best runways, 11-29 at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport cannot be used. At any airport, two measurements are crucial for pilots for every runway. Landing Distance Available (LDA) and Take Off Run Available i.e. how much of the runway length is actually usable for flight operations. The …

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Proposal to rename Bengaluru International Airport

I received call earlier this evening from the news media soliciting my reactions to the news that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has proposed to the Union Government the renaming of the Bengaluru International Airport, after the founder founder of Bangalore, Kempegowda. The name of an airport may not mean much, but I am happy and thankful that the airport is …

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Wi-Fi access at Bengaluru International Airport

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

Passengers departing from Bengaluru International Airport can enjoy wireless internet access. Inside the terminal, using your GSM cell phone, send an SMS “WIFI BIAL” to 56677 and you will receive the wi-fi password on your cellphone. The speed is quite decent. Alternately in the departure hall, fire up your laptop, switch on your wi-fi, open your browser and follow the …

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Sanity Check: A Namma Metro link to Bengaluru International Airport

The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.

About 40 days ago, I had raised the issue of a “Sanity Check” on the proposed High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) to Bengaluru International Airport. The issues I raised were : Sanity Check 1: Who is the target customer of the HSRL ? Sanity Check 2: Convenience Sanity Check 3: Close integration with Namma Metro and BMTC Sanity Check 4: …

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