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Bengaluru and Mumbai airports plan runway closures. Pax, airlines, fares hit.

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

As Air traffic grows at an exponential pace, Indian airports are struggling to keep up. Building capacity ahead of demand has never quite been the norm and this is now catching up. Airports like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Goa are severely constrained and in the near term the capacity woes will continue. While terminal capacity and landside capacity can be managed, …

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Indian carriers’ flights cancelled as Dubai airport curtails operations

Dubai airport at dawn

All Indian airlines operating to Dubai have cancelled their flights for today. This includes IndiGo, Spicejet, Jet Airways, Air India, and Air India Express. Jet Airways and Air India have just one of two flights to the Gulf city. Dubai Airports authorities have curtailed operations to a single runway at DXB airport in the aftermath of the crash of Emirates …

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Many killed in Brussels explosions. 2 Jet Airways staff injured.

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

Brussels’ Zaventem airport and metro system were attacked by multiple bombings. Bombs exploded earlier this morning near the check-in area. The authorities have shut down the airport and the metro system. The French-Belgian border is sealed. Media reports on the number of casualties and injuries vary. CNN quoting Belgian media reports 23 deaths, while BBC reports 13 deaths. Other media …

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Star Alliance Gold elite flyers get a free upgrade on Heathrow Express trains

Star Alliance Gold members get a free upgrade on the Heathrow Express train

Starting February 15th, Star Alliance Gold level élite members will enjoy a free upgrade on the Heathrow Express which connects London Heathrow airport with Paddington station in London. Passengers can buy a standard class one way or round-trip ticket and board the Business First Class coach on the train. Show their Star Gold card from one of the 21 frequent …

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Chennai airport shut due to rain flooding. IndiGo suspends flights to the city.

IndiGo_A320 classic VT-INT. Photo: Devesh Agarwal.

It appears that Chennai airport has suspended operations due to flooding thanks to almost one month of incessant and unseasonal rains. India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, released a statement This is to notify IndiGo passengers and the local partners in Chennai – that due to severe weather conditions, Chennai airport is shut for operations. Keeping in mind the safety of …

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Airports get proactive following Saudi and UAE virus outbreak

A report in the the Mint news paper is highlighting precautions being taken at Indian airports to address the threat of new virus that is spreading across the middle-east and gulf regions. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been reported primarily from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, two areas where there is a significant Indian diaspora, …

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India flights impacted as Dubai airport commences runway upgrade

Starting tomorrow, May 1, the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai international (DXB) will commence a comprehensive runway upgrade project which will last for 80 days. From tomorrow, till May 31, the southern will see upgrades of runway runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits. From May 31 till July 20, the northern runway which is nearing the …

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Malaysia Airlines opens renovated Golden lounge at Kuala Lumpur

Oneworld member, Malaysia Airlines has launched its refurbished Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The 43,284 square-foot lounge which can accommodate 400 passengers, is located in the satellite terminal, is open round the clock to first and business class passengers, platinum and gold level Enrich frequent flier members, and oneworld Saphhire or above elite members departing or transiting …

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AirAsia shifts operations to New International Terminal Chennai (NITC)

By BA Staff AirAsia is shifting its operations in Chennai, from Anna International Terminal, Chennai Airport to the New International Terminal, Chennai (NITC) effective from 21 October 2013. From the effective date onwards, flight departure from Chennai will be based and operated at the NITC. Arrivals will be at the old terminal. AirAsia guests with flights from the NITC are …

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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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Ten things you should not do at airports

by Devesh Agarwal Some helpful advice from a frequent traveller, which should, hopefully, make your air travel journey more pleasant for the staff, you, and your fellow travellers. Mumbai CSI airport. Domestic departure terminal 1B. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission. 1. Be over smart In the post 9/11, 26/11, 7/7 world, airports and the people working there are …

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Infographic: India’s ten busiest airports: June 2013 vs. June 2012

by Vinay Bhaskara June was a mostly positive month for traffic at India’s ten busiest airports. As the table below shows, traffic grew at eight airports, while declining at just two. Total traffic at India’s ten busiest airports grew around 2% year-over-year to roughly 10.7 million passengers, positive news after some declines in passenger traffic earlier this year. There were …

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United Airlines applies for San Francisco – Chengdu

by BA staff A United 787 Dreamliner – Image Credit: United Airlines Chicago-based full service carrier United Airlines announced today that it has applied with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for the authority to serve San Francisco – Chengdu, China nonstop from 9th June, 2014. The proposed flights to Chengdu, China’s fourth largest city and home to China’s fifth …

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Qatar Airways bringing its 787 Dreamliner to Bangalore and New Delhi

AirlineRoute is reporting As per 10AUG13 GDS timetable/inventory display, QATAR Airways plans to operate Boeing 787 aircraft on flights to Bangalore and Delhi, during the month of September 2013. Planned operation as follow. Doha – Bangalore 01SEP13 – 29SEP13 1 daily (BLR departure 02SEP13 – 30SEP13)QR226 DOH 2020 – 0310+1 BLR 788 DailyQR227 BLR 0440 – 0625 DOH 788 Daily …

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BREAKING: Asiana Airlines 777 crash lands at San Francisco International Airport

[Last updated on 04:30 UTC]by Vinay Bhaskara and Devesh Agarwal Asiana 777-200ER Image Credit: Wikimedia Earlier today, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 with service from Seoul Incheon Airport to San Francisco crash landed on arrival at San Francisco. The flight was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members. Latest reports put the death toll at two. Initial reports are that the …

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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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