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Write to AERA about proposed airport charge hikes at Bangalore

The Bengaluru International Airport Ltd. (BIAL), which operates the Bangalore airport, is proposing hikes in User Development Fees (UDF) of up to 750%!!! From the existing Rs. 231.40, BIAL has proposed to the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA), revised UDF of Rs. 1,729.43. Even international passengers will see an almost doubling of their UDF from the existing Rs. 952.30 to …

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Visa on arrival service now operational at Bangalore

by Devesh Agarwal The Visa on Arrival service is now operational at the Bengaluru International Airport. Visitors from 11 countries, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Finland, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia are eligible for this service. The visa will be issued at the immigration desk and will be valid for a maximum period of 30 days. The airport …

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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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Emergency services at Indian airports capable of handling Asiana San Francisco type crash

Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 fire tenders of Bangalore airport ARFF. BIAL image.

The recent crash of Asiana Airlines flight OZ-214 at San Francisco International airport showcased the quick and heroic efforts of both the airport’s emergency fire and rescue services and the cabin crew. Praise has flowed to both of these sets of people for their actions which resulted in minimal loss of life and injuries. Prompted by this crash, Bangalore Aviation …

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AirAsia, Tatas and Amit Bhatia seek approval to start airline in India. Is SpiceJet the target?

AirAsia A320 9M-AHS at Penang airport.

by Devesh Agarwal Malaysian low cost carrier AirAsia Berhad (Ltd.) through its investment arm, AirAsia Investment Ltd. (AAIL) has submitted an application to the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) seeking approval for AAIL to invest 49% into a proposed Indian joint venture together with Tata Sons Limited and Mr. Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd. The expected holding …

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Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner suffers minor bird hit while landing at Bangalore

Like a new car getting its first scratch, Air India’s first Dreamliner suffered a minor bird hit while landing at Bangalore earlier this morning. Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANH performing flight AI803 from New Delhi, with 127 passengers, suffered a bird hit while landing on runway 27 around 09:00 (03:30Z) at Bengaluru International Airport, Bangalore. The bird, struck the fuselage, …

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Pictures: Air India 787 Dreamliner gets water cannon salute on first arrival at Bangalore

On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, Air India commenced commercial service of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner. VT-ANH, performing flight AI403 from Delhi was given the traditional welcome, on its first arrival at Bengaluru International Airport, a water cannon salute by the airport’s fire-fighters (ARFF). The Dreamliner, carrying 173 passengers, touched down around 21:06, delayed by almost two hours late …

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Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYA gets water cannon salute at Bangalore

In the very early hours of September 13th, Lufthansa landed its first Boeing 747-8i at Bengaluru International Airport. The B748 service on flight LH754 from Frankfurt to Bangalore commenced one day earlier than announced since Lufthansa was able to complete its fleet induction of the newest 748 D-ABYD, one day earlier. Keeping with tradition, the fire-fighters and rescue teams of …

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Lufthansa to commence Boeing 747-8i service to Bangalore from September 13

As Bangalore Aviation had predicted about three weeks ago, German carrier, and Boeing 747-8i launch customer, Deutsche Lufthansa will upgrade its daily Frankfurt Bangalore service, LH754/LH755, from September 13 ex-Frankfurt and September 14 ex-Bangalore, from the current Boeing 747-400, to the brand new Boeing 747-8i aircraft featuring the carrier’s newest business class, and the upgraded economy class cabin products. (See …

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Maldivian Adds Service between Male and Chennai/Mumbai

Earlier today, Maldivian national carrier Maldivian announced that it would be adding new flights between its hub at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male, and Mumbai and Chennai. The new flights would operate 3 times per week, and are being launched from November of this year along with Dhaka, Bangladesh (also a thrice weekly operation). The flights to Mumbai will …

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Bangalore airport update: terminal expansion photos. To complete by end 2013. Code F approvals received.

The on-going upgrade of Terminal 1 continues its progress. The airport operating company BIAL told Bangalore Aviation that the expansion would be completed in phases. First to be ready will be the new VVIP terminal building, followed by each of the left and right wings and finally the small strip in the front of the terminal where the current escalators …

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Bangalore International Airport revamps cab operations, introduces unified brand “The Airport Taxi”

A revamp of taxi operations at the Bengaluru International Airport has taken place, with the airport operating company BIAL launching an all new fleet of taxis under a new unified service brand called “The Airport Taxi”. Bangalore becomes the first airport in India to develop and offer a taxi service with a unique identity. The all white taxi fleet will …

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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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Plane spotting video: The Boeing heavies at Bangalore — 744 Freighter, 777F, MD-11F, 747-400

Today’s episode features Boeing heavy aircraft at Bengaluru International Airport, Bangalore. Three freighters — Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F, Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 744F MegaArk, AeroLogic Boeing 777F and a British Airways Boeing 747-400 heavily loaded with a full load of passengers, their baggage, and tanks full of fuel for its 11 hour flight to London Heathrow. Observe the steep climb angle …

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Plane spotting photos and Video: AeroLogic Boeing 777F and Lion Air Boeing 747-400 at Bangalore

Last week Bangalore Aviation contributor Vedant Agarwal caught the new started AeroLogic Boeing 777F five times a week service from Bangalore to Leipzig, Germany, and a one off appearance by Indonesia’s Lion Air Boeing 747-400 (not an ER), which has been sub-contracted by NAS Air to ferry passengers performing the Haj. AeroLogic Boeing 777F D-AALD Lion Air Boeing 747-400 PK-LHG …

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Videos: Boeing Freighters at Bangalore – AeroLogic 777F, Singapore Airlines Cargo 744F

Due to its lack of a port coupled with high value addition industry, Bangalore ships, as a percentage of industrial output, more cargo by air, than any other major Indian city. Some weekend spotting videos of freighters at Bengaluru International Airport for your Monday enjoyment. The Boeing 777F of DHL and Lufthansa Cargo joint-venture Aerologic which features the huge and …

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Passenger information on Bangalore airport terminal expansion and caused disruptions

The operators of the Bengaluru International airport, M/s Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) have commenced the expansion of Terminal 1. Outline of existing terminal indicates the scope of expansion.Click on image for high res. view. See the walk-through video here. BIAL has planned the expansion on both ends (east and west) of the existing terminal which are open spaces today, …

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INFOGRAPHIC: Airline wise seat capacity offered at Bangalore

The nightly aircraft line-up tail parade at the apron of Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore

The below infographic shows the capacity offered, in seats per week, by each airline at Bangalore’s Bengaluru International Airport. Kingfisher with 65,724 seats, is still the market leader, but unlike earlier days, when the airline was considered based out of Bangalore, its lead over second place IndiGo, has shrunk significantly. IndiGo, the Gurgaon based low cost carrier is showing a …

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