Tag Archives: Bengaluru International Airport

Indian Air Force objecting to BIAL’s second runway proposal

After reading the below story in The Mint, I can only shake my head and say …”oh no not again!!!”. Both Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) and Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka are vital to Bangalore. AFS Yelahanka is the premier training facility for the Indian Air Force (IAF) transport wing, and home to the internationally renowned AeroIndia show, which brings …

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Customs to shift all operations to BIAL airport

Back in June, I led a high level delegation of industries on a visit of the air cargo facilities run by Menzies Aviation Bobba Group, and Air India Singapore Airport Terminal Services at Bengaluru International Airport. (Read that article). We observed that the Indian Customs Authority did not have a full presence at BIAL airport, despite earlier assurances to Industry …

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Behind the scene at BIAL

Quietly, the team at BIAL, has been fixing the problems, to produce a smooth running and efficient airport. On Saturday, 6-Sep-2008, I had the pleasure of visiting the new Bengaluru International Airport as a guest of BIAL Chief Operating Officer Marcel Hungelbuehler and Chief Commercial Officer Manisha Grover. I thank them for the hospitality and the openness. The BIAL airport …

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Congratulations to BIAL on their 100 days anniversary

Congratulations to the entire team at Bengaluru International Airport Limited for achieving 100 days of operations. I also acknowledge the hard work put in the two cargo terminal operators Menzies Aviation-Bobba and Air India-Singapore Airport Terminal Services, and all the other stake-holders at the BIAL airport. Most of the initial teething troubles have been addressed and rectified and the engagement …

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Looking Beyond UDF

Is our fixation with user development fee (UDF) as the funding workhorse for our airports causing us to overlook other more efficient and social benefit-maximizing funding options? V Ranganathan, Indranil Guha, Manuj Sethi & Reema Mahajan Indian airports are in the throes of modernization. With work complete or nearing completion in four major ones — Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore …

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Work on road to BIA from Nov

DH News Service, Bangalore: Work on the much awaited six-lane elevated road between Hebbal and Yelahanka bypass to facilitate smooth traffic to and from the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) will start from November this year. Speaking to reporters here after reviewing the progress of various national highway development projects in the State, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport …

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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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