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A commercially oriented machine, without heart or soul

A commercially oriented machine, without heart or soul Business sense‘Small thinking has sunk in in the infrastructure at BIA’Chairs in the international departure area are uncomfortable BAD PLANNING: A view of departure lounge at Bengaluru International Airport. Reading, day in, day out of the challenges facing Bangalore’s spanking new international airport, one begins to wonder whether proximity to a few …

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BIAL is a functional airport

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Albert Brunner has said that airport capacity is not measured by passengers per annum but by passengers per peak hour. “Currently, we handle an average of 24 ATMs (Air Traffic Movements) during peak hours and about 303 a day. The ATC figures estimate it to be 30 ATM an hour. This calculated in passengers …

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Fuel populism killing air transportation

India, the world’s largest democracy, has a sorry record in sound and bold economic administration. Populist measures abound, and nothing is sacred or immoral in the perpetual quest to obtain and then secure the “gaddi”. Fuel pricing in India is a prime example. Officially, the “Administered Price Mechanism” was abolished in 2002, but today, the Indian government has a greater …

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BIAL to raise $200 mn., eyes valuation of $2-2.5 bn

BIAL to raise $200 mn., eyes valuation of $2-2.5 bnBoby Kurian, Rajesh Unnikrishnan & Peerzada Abrar BANGALORE/MUMBAI THE operator of the newly-opened Bengaluru International Airport is seeking a valuation of up to $2.5 billion to raise about $200 million in equity to fund the second phase of the airport’s development. The valuation of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), which sources …

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Road to BIAL blocked after fatal accident

In my April article “Beware …. Pedestrians” I had highlighted the need for pedestrian safety and over-bridges. The closing line in that article was “The last thing we all want to see, is a repeat of the recent Mysore Road incident, and a major dharna blocking traffic for hours on end, on the only decent access road to the airport.” …

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HAL can help airlines save fuel

The high prices of ATF (Aviation Turbine Fuel) have the airlines in India in a tizzy. They are cutting back services, begging for a reduction in fuel taxes, sub-leasing their aircraft, basically, anything, which will help stop their haemorrhaging losses. Karnataka has one the highest prices of ATF in the country due to its high taxes, and faces pressure for …

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Erroneous glideslope at BIA

Monday June 16 2008 Monica Jha BANGALORE: Pilots from two airlines (one domestic and one international) have reportedly complained about problems in landing using instrument landing system (ILS) at the Bengaluru International Airport. The runway (27 orientation, which is being used presently) at the new airport has a 3.4 degree glideslope for an ILS approach while the international standard for …

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Big birds stare at elbow-room problem on Bangalore tarmac

ANIL BUDUR LULLA Bangalore, June 14: The glitzy airport in India’s software capital that was to have been the takeoff point for the aviation growth story remains grounded in the present. From “teething problems” like the long journey to the airport in Devanahalli, 50km from the city, the scanner has now shifted to its planning, which, airline sources said, has …

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Industry supply chain leaders visit BIAL cargo complex

On Friday, 13 June 2008, I had the privilege of leading a delegation of senior supply chain managers from member companies of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) on a visit of the two cargo terminals operated by Menzies Aviation Bobba (Bangalore) and Air India Singapore Airport Terminal Services (AI-SATS) at BIAL airport. The team comprised of senior …

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BIAL terminal needs immediate expansion

The managements, of both, Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), and, of their partners, have been going hammer and tongs for the last 18 days, correcting problems. Many of the “teething problems” have been addressed, the few others, hopefully, very soon. However, the passenger terminal building (PTB) is not a “teething issue”, and needs to be expanded on a war footing. …

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Flash Strike at BIAL Cargo Complex

Wednesday, 11 June 2008, saw employees of Customs House Agents (CHAs), go on a flash strike, at the two cargo terminal buildings (CTBs) at Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL). The CTBs at BIAL are operated by Air India – Singapore Airport Terminal Services (AI-SATS) and Menzies Aviation Bobba Group. The AI-SATS warehouse was forced to open on May 24, 2008, along …

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Suggestions for BIAL to get the airport in order

It is approaching 2 weeks since the launch of the new Bengaluru International Airport and the management of BIAL has been making steady progress in solving the multitude of problems present. Before I offer some suggestions for BIAL management for their consideration, I make an open offer to BIAL management, on behalf of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce. …

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BIAL denies it barred IndiGo ground handling

Govt may not implement new ground-handling policyBS Reporter / New Delhi June 05, 2008 The recent dispute between the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) and Indian carriers may make the government go back on its decision to implement the new ground-handling policy next year. According to sources in the civil aviation ministry, Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) has said that …

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BIAL confirms launch of new airport on May 24

The BIAL management has sent out this e-mail earlier today, confirming the launch of operations of the new Bengaluru International Airport, later tonight. Congratulations to the entire BIAL team, and welcome to Bangalore.—————————————————-Friday, May 23, 2008 1:21 PM Subject: New Date: Commencement of Commercial Operations at new Bangalore International Airport Dear All, This is to inform that Bengaluru International Airport …

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BIAL’s cargo warehouse in shambles

Airports in the 21st century, are like the ports and railway junctions of the 19th and 20th century — critical drivers of economic growth. As individuals, we look to the glamour and prestige associated with passenger air travel, while tending to overlook the air cargo requirements of commerce and industry which is drives the economic engine of Bangalore. Thanks to …

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An Indian Airport Hurries to Make the First Flight

May 22, 2008Bangalore JournalAn Indian Airport Hurries to Make the First FlightBy SOMINI SENGUPTA BANGALORE, India — For years, frequent fliers in this technology hub complained bitterly about having to suffer the indignities of a tattered and tiny airport scrunched in the middle of a busy city neighborhood. Now, with a new one opening on Saturday, people are clamoring once …

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