In pics: BIAL renamed as Nadaprabhu Kempegowda International Airport The Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) was officially renamed after its founder’s name as the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda International Airport. After getting a facelift and a new identity, BIA’s name was rechristened on Saturday, December 14. The airport that will now be called as ‘Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru’ (KIAB), has been refurbished and expanded substantially to handle up to 20 million passengers a year.
Smile Bengaluru welcomes ideas for BIAL Terminal 1What would you like to see at the expanded terminal of the Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL)?The Smile Bengaluru campaign introduced by BIAL has opened its doors to ideas, thoughts and suggestions from local citizens, passengers, employees to give ideas on what they would like to see at the expanded terminal.
GVK eyes management control of B’lore airportThe GVK group is likely to take management control of the Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), five months after buying L&T and Zurich Airport’s stake to emerge as the southern airport’s second-highest shareholder.The GVK Group, which also operates the Mumbai International Airport, is in talks with Siemens, Airport Authority of India (AAI), the Karnataka government and also Zurich Airport to facilitate this change, two key officials familiar with the development said. The BIAL board is expected to meet in Bangalore some time this week to discuss the proposed change. A BIAL statement to ET declined to provide a specific answer. /p>
Experts slam House panel report on BIAThe state government has landed itself in a spot, as its Joint House Committee report on the Bengaluru International Airport has come in for severe criticism from industry captains. They believe the report questions the very premise of the public-private partnership model on which the airport project was built.The Rs 2,500-crore BIA is the first and largest PPP project to have come up in the state. Over Rs 50,000 crore is riding on the back of several PPP projects in road and infrastructure projects. Barring this, the state government is talking of PPP projects in biotechnology, IT, textile and agro-processing, etc. .
Murthy, L&T under fire over Bangalore airportIA Karnataka House panel has slammed L&T, Siemens and Unique Zurich Airport for faulty design and construction at the Bangalore International Airport.A joint House panel of the Karnataka Assembly recommended appropriate action against those, including Infosys mentor NR Narayana Murthy, involved in decision making.
Bangalore Airport uses Twitter to get feedbackCall it Twitter Analytics, or simply Twitterlytics . A number of companies are beginning to analyse Twitter feeds to understand what consumers are saying about their products and brands. 24/7 Customer has already got some 200 clients for a Twitter research and strategy tool that it launched barely two months ago.The clients include companies like Adobe, Symantec, Barclays, Time Warner, British Gas, JP Morgan Chase, Vodafone, Citi, Plaxo and T-Mobile.
High Speed Rail to Airport: On, off, on againThe Rs 3700-crore high speed rail link (HSRL) has been put on the fast track by tourism and infrastructure minister G Janardhana Reddy. It however has a history of being buffeted by strong pro and anti lobbies.The government’s infrastructure vision group, which was until last week headed by Capt Gopinath, is all in favour of it. By cutting down the commute time to the airport from the city to less than half hour, it has the ability to be a game changer to the economic landscape of the entire Bangalore north region especially Devanahalli and Yelahanka and the airport corridor, it says. The argument being that every big city, be it Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kaula Lumpur, London have direct, fast speed links to the airport from the city centre which result in economic multipliers far outweighing the initial heavy cost of construction.
BIA repairs fatal flaw, finally Here’s looking forward to smoother landings at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) as a New Year’s gift to air passengers arriving in the city. BIA is correcting its faulty angle of descent (called glide-slope), which causes the aircraft to land with a thud, much to the inconvenience of the passengers, AN Vishwanath, general manager (co- ordination), BIA, told DNA.
Pilots may have to land manually at BIA for 2 days Flights at BIA are bound to be affected while correcting the angle of descent for aircraft landing at the airport, AN Vishwanath, general manager (co- ordination), BIA, has said. Pilots will have to land their aircraft without any aid from the category-I (CAT-I) instrument landing system (ILS). This ground-based system provides guidance to the aircraft approaching to land on the runway.
Bangalore airport UDF will be revised: AERA It could either bring a smile to your face or it could make you frown. The newly constituted Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is looking at revising the User Development Fee (UDF) at private airports in Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai. But it’s not clear whether the price revision would be upward or downward. Also no timeline has been set for when the revision could happen.
Reopening of HAL airport: HC seeks renegotiation report The high court on Tuesday directed the stakeholders in the BIA to place before it the renegotiation report with regards to reopening of HAL airport, which was closed to commercial flights simultaneously with the inauguration of BIA.The division Bench headed by Justice K L Manjunath, the special Bench constituted to hear the batch of cases challenging the closure HAL airport, posted the matter to August 17 for further hearing.
BIAL to jack up airline parking fee The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), not withstanding recession in the civil aviation industry, has recently allowed all private greenfield airports in the country, including Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) to jack up their landing and parking charges for domestic and international carriers.
High-speed rail to BIA gets green light The High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) to Bengaluru International Airport, which was on the drawing board for nearly two years, is set to see some action. The Centre has given the go-ahead to the project, along with committing some funds, and has asked the implementing authorities to hasten it.The project went for a review in May, and the Centre gave its nod and agreed to take care of the Viability Gap Funding. The VGF pattern has been worked out on three parameters, in which the land acquisition cost is not taken into account.
Reaching out to commuters, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to extend the dedicated airport services to non-airport passengers as well. The BMTC, starting Wednesday, will allow non-flyers to travel up to Hebbal on the Suvarna and Vayu Vajra services.
Bangalore International Airport Ltd, or Bial, the operator of the tech city’s new airport, deferred its expansion plans and slashed its passenger estimate by nearly a quarter as a global—and Indian—economic slowdown and increased domestic fares dent traffic.Bial chief executive officer Albert Brunner said the civil aviation ministry not granting it permission to charge passengers a user development fee, or UDF, and a decline in the number of flights had contributed to the delay in expansion plans.
Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Fali Homi Major on Tuesday, Nov 11 said that the Air Force has cleared the Bangalore International Airport Ltd.’s plan to build a second runway south of the existing one at Devanahalli.Speaking to presspersons after a meeting with Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at the State Secretariat here, the Chief of the Air Staff said the Air Force has given the green signal to the second runway of the BIAL.
Those shiny buses with long shelves for luggage and swanky interiors, which the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has been plying to Bengaluru International Airport (BIA), are proving to be its biggest profit guzzlers.BMTC is one of the few profitable public transport corporations in India. But the Vayu Vajras introduced from various points in the city to the airport are running on loss-making routes.
Yeddyurappa was vocal about his displeasure about BIA. “It is in bad condition. I will not allow such things. When the entire world is looking at us (Bangalore), we need an airport of international standards. It should be improved,” the CM said.The CM later said that the Government would write to the Centre with a request to reopen HAL airport, and pointed out that industrialists too have sought such a move.
Congrats! Bangalore Airport completes 100 days! Bengaluru International Airport completed 100 days of commercial operations on Sep 1, 2008. The Airport has so far seen 2.42 million passengers, 29446 air craft movements, and the handling of 44357 Metric tones of cargo besides seeing an encouraging 30 pc increase in international airlines and air freight carriers into the city. The growth, though declining owing to the overall upheaval of the aviation sector in the last several months, has been encouraging.Referring to a customer survey conducted by the Airport in July, Albert Brunner, CEO, BIAL said, “Whereas we had several teething problems in the first few weeks, the situation has improved very fast. The passengers have indicated a high level of satisfaction with the new airport. They have specially been appreciative of the check-in procedures, courtesy of airport staff and the overall ambience of the airport”.
For aviation ministry, no case for reopening old Bangalore airport The Union civil aviation ministry has concluded after a fresh study that congestion is a problem at Bangalore’s new airport only during peak traffic hours, which does not neccesitate reopening the old city airport, a senior ministry official said. The official, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke two days before the Karnataka high court takes up a petition to reopen the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) airport that has been shuttered since the night of 23 May, hours before the new facility opened.
BAL is public authority: SIC In a landmark judgement, the State Information Commission ruled on Monday that Bangalore International Airport Limited comes under the purview of the Right to Information Act. The judgement is expected to have farreaching effects on other PPP projects in the state.Acting on a petition referred by the high court, a full Bench of the commission declared BIAL as a public authority as defined by the RTI Act and held it was duty-bound to provide information to citizens.
AAI team wants Bangalore’s old airport reopened, ministry wary The controversy surrounding the closure of Bangalore’s old airport after the new one run by Bangalore International Airport Ltd, or Bial, opened in May, has taken another turn with a June study by airport regulator Airports Authority of India, or AAI, saying that the new airport has been built to handle 9.78 million passengers, at least 10% less than the capacity of the old HAL airport.
Fly-buy deal tops at BIA Is Bengaluru International Airport the new Bangkok in terms of shopping? May well be.Frequent travellers have noticed that the steal deals at BIA outshine those in Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai or Colombo.”On my last three trips abroad to Singapore and Sri Lanka, I shopped only at BIA on my return as the prices are comparatively lower. A 1-litre bottle of Scotch whisky at BIA is $31 as compared to $33 in Singapore and $32.5 in Colombo,” says frequent-flier V Murthy.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said that his government is strongly in favour of retaining the HAL airport for short-haul flights. The Chief Secretary broached this topic with the Centre on Tuesday during his visit to Delhi, he added.The CM said he would like to go by the sentiments of the majority, and thus wants to retain the HAL airport.
What should have been a moment of fulfilment for India, after 17 years of false starts, delays and disappointments, is rapidly turning into a farce.
It has been just over a week since a brand-new airport opened in Bangalore, the country’s computer software capital, and already there is a big question mark over whether the Union government will be able to keep a key promise it made to private investors to get them to build the airfield.
The operator of the new airport here, Bangalore International Airport Ltd, or Bial, plans to build a terminal for low-cost airlines, which would be the country’s first, as it gears up for rapid growth that could congest the terminal opened in May.
Nearly a third of air travellers to Bangalore fly budget airlines such as the Deccan Aviation Ltd-run Simplifly Deccan or Spicejet Ltd. The new airport can handle around 12 million passengers in its first year of operation.
Want to reach your office in Electronic City? Why not try flying? Now, passengers can hail a helicopter instead of a taxi if they want to go to different locations from Bengaluru International Airport (BIA).In what could be India’s first, Bangalore will see helicopter service within the city. The distinction goes to Captain Gopinath’s Deccan Aviation. The much-awaited chopper service from BIA to various points in the city will take off on July 2. The service was initially scheduled to start operations on the same day as BIA. With everyone complaining about poor road connectivity to BIA, this could be a welcome option.
BSY to lobby for HAL airport The ‘Keep HAL Airport’ brigade has something to cheer about. At a special meeting with civil minister Praful Patel next month, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa plans to ask for HAL’s reopening.Some ministerial colleagues and select industry representatives are also expected to join him at the New Delhi meeting.
Brickbats for Bengaluru airport If you had tall expectations from the newly opened Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli, you would be disappointed. A visit to the airport, and the image of the much touted world class facility crumbles like a cookie.The airport is no doubt a welcome relief from the ramshackle HAL airport, but it is still a far cry from what it was portrayed in the glitzy PR blitzkrieg that the management unleashed.
A smooth ride to BIA soon While promising to take a re-look at the BIA expressway file that has been gathering dust in the NHAI, the state government said connectivity projects to BIA will be completed by 2008 year-end.Making submissions on the government’s behalf to a division Bench of the high court headed by Justice Rammohan Reddy, advocate general Udaya Holla said work on laying segmented elements (magic boxes) at CBI and Sanjaynagar junctions will be done by September 2008. It will allow signal-free traffic.
Everything is fine, says BIAL The promoters of the BIA have responded to the issues raised by airlines, denying that infrastructure problems exist.In an e-mail to TOI , BIAL said, “The new airport has four aerobridges for wide- aircraft. But wide- aircraft also function from remote parking positions like it happens the world over. Normally, we do not have more than four wide- aircraft at the same time (within a timespan of 1.5-2 hours).”
Ground realities Four days into operations, the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is still grappling with the city’s robust air traffic.Though the lack of onsite manpower and delays at every step could be sighed away as teething troubles, serious infrastructure issues are hampering airlines’ business.
B’lore International airport set to launch at midnight on May 23 Finally, when the clock strikes 12, the long-awaited and the much deterred Bangalore International Airport will be launched. The whimsical Union Aviation Authority in the eleventh hour post-poned the launch of BIAL by a day today. The Rs 2,500-crore BIA, completed in 33 months from July 2005, has so far seen three delays: March 28; May 11; May 23 and now to May 24.Official sources said it was decided on the advice of the Chief Election Commission as Karnataka’s third and last phase of voting for the assembly elections ends on Thursday. Mr Albert Brunner, CEO, Bangalore International Airport Ltd, said, “We are taken by surprise. In fact, we have just closed a press conference communicating our preparedness for tomorrow. However, there is nothing we can do at this point. All our efforts are now towards minimising passenger and airline inconvenience owing to this postponement.”
Bangalore Intl airport to start operations on May 23 The greenfield Bangalore International Airport (BIA) is set to launch its operations on May 23 as all the preparatory work for the airport was completed, project promoter said.Albert Brunner, CEO of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the international consortium which is promoting the project, said all the new systems and personnel had been installed and tested for effective operations. These included the ATC, CISF, immigration, police and customs. ”We are ready,” he said. The company today announced ‘critical passenger information’ to ease transition to the BIA from the existing HAL airport. The opening of the new airport was delayed for more than a month due to delay in installation of the ATC equipment. The recently completed Trumpet Interchange, allows passengers easy access from NH 7 directly to the Terminal Building, and eases the flow of traffic from the city to the airport.
Bangalore’s new airport hangs in balance again The opening of a new airport in Bangalore, scheduled for the wee hours of 23 May, could get delayed yet again after a two-judge bench of the Karnataka high court asked for the minutes of a government meeting last week which decided that a city airport be closed down to make way for operations at the new one. The airport opening has been postponed twice already.
The court decision comes in the wake of charges that the state and Union governments are hurrying through with opening of the new Bengaluru International Airport before the court, which is hearing a public interest litigation against the closure of the city’s existing airport, reopens on 26 May. The court is on a summer break until then.
You can get info on BIAL under RTI In a landmark verdict passed by the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC), the consortium company of Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has been deemed as a ‘public authority’.Dwelling into the financial structure and funding patterns of BIAL, the commission found that the private-public consortia has been ‘substantially financed’ by the government of India under the Comptroller and Auditor General (Duties, Powers and Conditions of Services) Act 1971, or CAG Act, thus making it (BIAL) more a public enterprise than a private one.
New Bangalore airport to open soon Amid indications that no civilian flights will be allowed at Bangalore’s HAL airport, government on Monday said the new international airport will open by the end of this month and operator’s licence will be issued to it in the next 2-3 days.This emerged after a meeting convened by the Civil Aviation Ministry in which top officials of the Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) as well as those from the Karnataka government participated.
Blame game over airport connectivity Who is to be blamed for the delay in ensuring connectivity to Devanahalli airport? The blame game is on between bureaucrats and the public over the government’s failure in providing connectivity to the airport.Participating in a panel discussion, “Devana Yelli’, organized by Bangalore Mirror on connectivity to the airport, joint secretary, ministry of civil aviation, K N Srivastava, felt the problem of connectivity is in itself a manifestation of many other things.
No takers for pomelo cultivation near BIA The world over, it is used in exotic cooking, for Thai desserts and in jams and jellies. The pomelo fruit, known as chakkota locally, is facing near extinction in and around Bangalore, thanks partly to the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli which has sent land prices sky-rocketing.Property prices along the Devanahalli route are heading north every passing day. Happy farmers are only too willing to sell off their agricultural land. This has dealt a severe blow to the cultivation of the fruit in the region.
What next for Bangalore HAL airport? The high court on Wednesday asked the Centre what it proposes to do with the HAL Airport after the new airport commences operations.”We will not come in the way of Bengaluru International Airport coming into existence. But we want to know what you (Centre) want to do with the old airport in the light of the Parliamentary panel’s recommendations. We also want to know about the technical aspects of the city having two operating airports,”a division Bench headed by Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph told ASG Arvind Kumar before adjourning the hearing to Thursday.
As suspected, Airport will be operational only after elections Polls could be the spoiler this time. As the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli dresses itself up for the revised inauguration date of May 11, uncertainty hangs threateningly low. With assembly elections likely to be held in May, the code of conduct for political parties could kick in anytime soon, either delaying the airport inauguration or stripping the event of its pomp.According to top civil aviation ministry officials, under the electoral code of conduct, BIA would be allowed to have an informal opening minus the gala function. This clearly forbids any politician from participating in the inauguration. Top Karnataka government officials confirmed this. Senior BIAL officials told STOI the assessment of whether there’s to be a function or not will be based on the “collective decision” taken by BIAL and the civil aviation ministry.
Headed for BIA? Watch out for snakes The dog-hit at HAL Airport should serve as a wake-up call for Bangalore International Airport Limited, as the surroundings of Devanahalli, where the new airport is situated, are home to many dangerous animals and reptiles.An environment assessment report on flora and fauna of Devanahalli, prepared by the Indian Institute of Science in mid-2007, says jackals, pangolins, snakes, monitor lizards, jungle cats, mongooses and a variety of avi-fauna live in and around Devanahalli. The report on reptiles of Devanahalli has recorded 21 snake species in and around the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA)
BMTC to make drive to airport easy The BMTC is doing its bit to make the drive to the international airport more comfortable — it will start a Vayu Vajra fleet of Volvo buses between various points in the city and the airport. Operation will begin after the airport opens. “We will get delivery of 40 buses on Wednesday.The governor’s adviser, P K H Tharakan, will inaugurate the service on March 30,’’ BMTC MD Upendra Tripathy said on Tuesday. Volvo manufacturers announced on Tuesday said BMTC will purchase 240 buses. The second shipment — 200 buses — will be delivered later this year.
Bangalore Intl Airport right on track or not? The civil aviation ministry has put off the inauguration of Bangalore International Airport. According to reports, the inauguration on March 28 as scheduled can not take place as the connectivity to the airport is not yet ready.As per the current plans, the Bangalore International Airport is to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 28 and the commercial operations are to begin on March 30. The officials expressed on Monday meeting that AAI might need more time to complete the installation of the Air Traffic Control equipment and training of air traffic controllers to handle the systems.
Bangalore International Airport to be delayed The opening of the Devanahalli international airport is almost certain to be put off, with the Civil Aviation Ministry taking a dim view of the airports preparedness to begin commercial operations.This view was understood to have emerged at a meeting chaired by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Monday. Ministry Secretary Ashok Chawla also participated in the meeting. This will be followed up by another official-level meeting in the next couple of days. The ministry decided to await the report from the Airports Authority of India on the “preparedness of the airport” and another from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation — the airport licensing authority — before taking a final decision.
Bangalore needs HAL airport With less than three weeks to go for the commissioning of the Bengaluru International Airport, the clamour has grown louder for retention of the HAL airport for short-haul flights, at least until the access to the new airport is smoother.Political leaders, cutting across party lines, have joined the chorus. Sitaram Yechury of CPM, who headed the parliamentary standing committee looking into the issue, said: “Given the fact that in both Hyderabad and Bangalore, capacity has saturated there is no reason for the Centre to close existing airports. The government should renegotiate the deal with promoters of new airports. As the PIL on the closure of Hyderabad airport is coming up on April 4, the government should not rush to close this airport by March 15.’’
Grounded at the word go In the next few weeks, Bangalore will see the unveiling of a new international airport. Billed as India’s first greenfield public-private partnership (PPP) airport, this is a project that has gone through all the challenges an innovator faces. Construction began on 2 July 2005, marking the end of a tortuous process that began in 2001, with the final concession agreement being signed in 2004. During this period, the project was buffeted by the political currents of changing governments at the Centre and in the state. Governments everywhere learnt a lot about the challenges of doing airport privatization from the Bangalore experience.
Short-haul flyers shun new airport Fears are coming true. The new Bengaluru International Airport appears to be putting off travellers flying on short-haul routes — those that have a flight time between 30 minutes and an hour. Reason: the airport is around 40 km from the city and the accessibility is poor. Most are dreading the commute to and from the airport and the expense involved. The rail and road options could be more attractive for many.
Bangalore International airport to be operational by Mar 30 Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) today announced the commencement of the integrated trial phase at the Bengaluru International Airport. This stage signals the final trial phase of the airport and involves integrating various processes to simulate real life airport operation. The integrated trial phase will continue till next month.
BIAL’s first test flight on March 7, 2008 Close on the heels of the Hyderabad International Airport conducting test flight operations, the Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) will commence its test flight operations in the first week of March.According to airline sources, March 7 will be the day when the first test flight will land at the greenfield airport.A BIAL spokesperson informed the Sunday Times of India: “Discussions are currently on with various airlines in conducting our first test flight operations. However, now a final decision has been taken on which day it should be conducted.”
Bangalore’s new airport will build a second runway by 2014 Bangalore International Airport Ltd (Bial), the company that is building a new international airport in India’s tech capital, will construct a second runway as early as 2014, more than a decade before its planned date.“The second runway was initially planned 10 years later. The traffic is growing so fast, we have revised our estimates and hope to touch 18 million passengers (annually) by 2014,” said Albert Brunner, chief executive of Bial, the holding company for the project.
Current Bangalore Airport to be converted to a mall Bangalore’s HAL airport may well go on to become a premier shopping destination. After the closure of the airport in April, the arrival and departure lounges may be converted into a mega retail mall with multiplexes along with a five-star hotel, and a convention centre. Several leading mall developers, retail players and hospitality chains are believed to be in talks with HAL authorities to take up the real estate on a lease arrangement.
Dedicated bus lane for new airport Travel from Hebbal flyover to Devanahalli airport in less than half-an-hour. No, you won’t be travelling on the expressway or high-speed rail link. But soon, the BMTC’s Volvo buses will use a dedicated bus lane to let passengers reach the airport in a jiffy. Bangalore’s first dedicated bus lane will be laid to exclusively ferry airport passengers and the BMTC is deploying 40 A/C buses for this purpose.
Air passengers to pay user fee in Bangalore Passengers departing from Bangalore International Airport, which will open on March 28 next year, will have to pay a ‘user development fee’ (UDF), but the quantum is yet to be decided. Sources in the government said Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has proposed two different categories of UDF to be levied on domestic and international passengers. “The amount proposed by BIAL is on the higher side, a feeling which is also shared by the civil aviation ministry. Therefore, it has not been approved,” they added. A BIAL spokesperson said the UDF has been included in the detailed project report when the greenfield airport was being set up at Devanahalli.
Flight trials on BIAL to begin by Jan 15, 2008 The flight trials at the new Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), fast coming up at Devanahalli, 35 km from here, wll begin on January 15, BIAL Chief Operation Officer Marcel Hungerbuehler said today.Speaking to news persons on the sidelines of BAIL signing an agreement with SITA to introduce baggage reconciliation system in the airport, he said most of the work relating to physical structure had been completed and final touches was being given to the terminal building, apron, duty free shops and food courts.
The delegation led by N Reguraj, chairman, CII, Karnataka, said that if the issue was not resolved it would create enormous stress on all air passengers – business, personal and budget when the airport starts flight operations on March 30, 2008.
The poor road connectivity to the upcoming Bangalore International Airport is again under fire and seems to be one of the biggest challenges before the new government.
A tedious drive to new airport It’s killing. There’s no other way to describe it. It took us nearly three hours through numerous congested traffic junctions and suffocating pollution to get from Electronic City to the upcoming international airport in Devanahalli, a distance of 68 km. It was only a little better, about two hours, for those of us who started from J P Nagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
First international low cost airline to fly from Bangalore Air Arabia, the first and largest low cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa has announced that it will start daily flights to Bangalore from October 28. It had commenced services on the Bangalore-Sharjah route from October 15 with a four weekly flights which will now increase to daily services.Bangalore is Air Arabia’s ninth destination in India and the eleventh in South Asia. With daily flights between Sharjah and UAE now exceed 55 weekly flights.
Singapore Airlines to launch flights from Bangalore Notching up a higher than the industry growth from this technopolis of India, Singapore Airlines today announced thrice a week flight from here, commencing October 29.The new schedule would take the total flights of Singapore Airlines from the city to ten, Airline Country General Manager C W Foo told newsmen here today.
Mysore Airport to be ready by October 2009 Mysore Airport will be ready for operation by October 2009, Union Ministry of Civil Aviation Joint Secretary K N Srivatsava said today.Speaking to newsmen after inspecting the works at Mandakali Airport, near here, he said that the works were expected to be completed by January 2009 and after trail run and testing the runway it would be ready for operation by Dasara Festivities in 2009.
BIAL for expansion; rejects second airport option Outrightly rejecting the need for a second airport to the city after it is thrown open to air traffic, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is already planning expansion of the greenfield project within two years of operation.Work on the fast coming up Airport taken up at a cost of Rs.1930 crore by a consortium of Zurich Airport and Singapore besides the Karnataka Government and the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is going on a brisk pace and nearly 77 per cent of the work had been completed.
BIAL prepared for joint venture for rail link The greenfield Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) today said it was prepared for a joint venture with the Railways and state government for linking the greenfield airport coming up at Devanahalli and the city by rail.BIAL CEO Albert Brunner told newspersons at the Airport site, 30 km from the city, that the Board of BAIL was open for such a venture. The details of which however was not immediately available.
Karnataka to develop 3 Airports on PPP model As many as 19 companies in the private sector had shown interest to develop three Airports Bijapur, Shimoga and Gulbarga under the PPP model, Infrastructure Secretary V P Baligar said today.Speaking to newsmen here he said that the state government had acquired land for the proposed airports. In future all the major highway projects would be developed under the PPP model and already the Sandur, Hospet and Belekere by-pass road works were being taken up under such mode at a cost of over Rs 110 crore.
Sriramulu hints at closing HAL airport Tourism Minister Sriramulu and Principal Secretary for Infrastructure Development V P Baligar dropped sufficient hints that HAL Airport would be closed once the International Airport at Devanahalli became operational.Speaking to reporters in Bangalore, they said as per the agreement the HAL Airport would have to be closed once the International Airport in Devanahalli is ready. “We know there is a demand for operating both airports; but we cannot breach the agreement,” they asserted.
High-speed rail link to Bangalore airport Pushed into action by criticism from the Union civil aviation ministry, the state moved one step forward towards constructing a rail link from the city to the Bangalore International Airport site at Devanahalli.To cater to international standards and also to avoid traffic problems, the state government has proposed to run a high-speed elevated train from MG Road to the under-construction airport in two years. The airport itself will be operational next year, from April.
Praful Patel not averse to second airport in B’lore As the ongoing debate on retaining the existing HAL airport after the launch of Devanahalli International Airport continues, the Civil Aviation Ministry and the Bangalore International Airport Authority (BIAL) have reiterated that the contractual obligations bar a second airport in the IT hub.The issue was debated intensely at the three-day conference on civil aviation organised by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation as minister Praful Patel triggered it stating that even though the governments have to honour the agreement, a way out should be explored on giving a second airport for the technology centre.
Bangalore: To operate HAL airport or not? Aviation industry aver that the situation warrants two airports in Bangalore, at least till the traffic and facilities are streamlined in the new airport and connectivity issue is addressed. Just 10 months ahead of the new airport, this could be a belated move. But it’s still worth a shot, according to passengers and experts.
Bangalore IT Cos appeal to retain HAL airport Information Technology companies in the city today appealed to the Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to retain the present HAL Airport even after the opening of the Devanahalli International Airport.In a memorandum to the Chief Minister during a breakfast meeting, they felt that retaining the present airport would be appropriate instead of closing down of commercial operations.
Bangalore airport design flawed Hyderabad has scored over Bangalore again. The Union civil aviation ministry has given its stamp of approval to the GMR Hyderabad International Airport but dumped the design for the Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli.In a letter sent to the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) in May first week, the Union civil aviation ministry has expressed serious reservations over the quality of the airport design.
Karnataka to auction land acquired for Intl Airport The Karnataka government has decided to sell through auction over 670 acres of excess land acquired earlier for the Bangalore International Airport, Chief Secretary P B Mahishi said today.Speaking to newsmen here, he said that the condition was that the successful bidders has to develop the land in accordance with the Airport authorities guidelines around the International Airport.
Bangalore Intl Airport will be ready by April 2008 The much awaited Bangalore International Airport will be ready by April 2008 as almost all the civil works of the country’s first green-field Airport have been completed well in advance, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said today.Speaking to newsmen after holding a review meeting of various departments here, he said that the trial-run of the International Airport would be held in January 2008 and would become operational from April 2008.
Bangalore airport work enters final stages Exactly one year is left to the opening of the Bangalore International Airport in Devanahalli and work at the construction site has shifted pace to the final phase. The greenfield airport is set for a April 2, 2008 opening.
Air India Express opensDoha-Bahrain-M’lore service The state-owned low cost airliner, Air India Express, has begun its Doha-Bahrain-Mangalore service with the first flight from Doha landing at the Bajpe airport near here last night. The flight IX 814 carrying 52 passengers from Doha landed at the airport at 2300 hrs and was received by the officials of Airport Authority of India.
Doha-Bahrain-Mangalore flight from Mar 25 One more new international flight service between Doha-Bahrain-Mangalore will commence from March 25, 2007. According to Airport Authority of India (AAI) sources, the flight of Air India Express (AIE), was tentatively scheduled arrive at Bajpe Airport on March 25 from Doha via Bahrain at 2355 hrs and depart at 0055 hrs.
Govt to auction excess land near International Airport Karnataka cabinet today decided to auction 408 acres excess land acquired for the Bangalore International Airport near Devanahalli to realise over Rs 2000 crores.Briefing newsmen after the cabinet meeting here, Medical Education Minister V S Acharya said land would be offered in public auction in lots of 50 acres and 25 acres It would also issue guidelines for utility aspects to the prospective buyers keeping in view the air space safety, he clarified.
AAI to focus on e-gov practices at Bajpe airport Airports Authority of India (AAI) Central Vigilance Officer Durga Shankar Mishra today said that with 2007 being declared as e-governance year for aviation, the AAI proposed to introduce more e-governance practices in areas such as e-payments and e-receipts at the Bajpe airport, near here.
BIAL seeks Entry Tax exemption from K’taka govt Bangalore International Airport Limited (BAIL) Chief Executive Officer Albert Brunner today called on Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to seek a special entry tax exemption for the greenfield project coming up near Devanahalli, 35 kilometres from here.
S’pore keen on supporting airports devp in K’taka: HDK Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said that Singapore has expressed a keen interest in investing in development of airports across the state. Mr Kumaraswamy who held meetings with delegations from Singapore, Kuwait and South Korea during the last few days told newsmen here that the Singpore delegation had shown interest in setting up of IT parks similar to ITPL here, in Mysore, Mangalore and Belgaum.
Bangalore airport may be operational by April 2008 Construction work for the Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli was progressing satisfactorily and it is likely to begin operations by April 2008, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel informed the Rajya Sabha today.
BIAL begins earthwork Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has commenced earthworks for rapid exits at the taxi way of the upcoming international airport in Devanahalli. The October update on work at the airport has also registered commencement of earthworks for the additional apron works.
Mysore airport: Work to begin in December The much-awaited modernisation of Mysore airport at Mandakalli is all set to begin in December 2006. Deputy Commissioner S Selva Kumar confirmed to Deccan Herald that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) had selected an agency for launching the works. “The tender was approved recently and the works will begin in December,” Kumar disclosed.
Projects yet to see light of day Prestigious aerospace and other engineering projects have been planned near the upcoming Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) that will redefine the industrial landscape of Bangalore.
Expressway for airport drive Eighteen months ahead of the airport’s scheduled opening, BMRDA has kicked off work on an expressway that is tipped to offer an easier commute to the airport’s projected 11 million passengers (per year).
Private airlines still prefer HAL Airport Some leading private airline operators have called upon the state and central governments to re-examine the decision to close the HAL Airport to commercial traffic once the Devanahalli airport becomes functional.
BIAL shortlists retail firms for new airport Bangalore International Airports Ltd (BIAL) has shortlisted bidders for various retail stores in the new international airport and held its first tender briefing for them on Thursday.
Expressway coming: Zip to airport Gearing up to tackle the traffic bottlenecks that will surface with the international airport, Bangalore will have an expressway from a point on Outer Ring Road up to Devanahalli.
Siemens bags another order for Bangalore airport Siemens Ltd, alongwith Germany-based Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) has received a supplementary order worth Rs Euro 16 million from the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) for installation of technical systems.
International airport dreams draw closer The dream is coming true, almost. About 70 per cent work on the Bangalore International Airport will be completed by yearend with evacuation work already starting on the portions that are to be expanded.
Land to AAI for upgradation of Hubli Airport The Karnataka government will provide 386.6 acres of land to Airport Authority of India(AAI) to upgrade Hubli airport into an all-weather airport, Revenue Minister Jagdish Shettar said here today.
BA to fly six times a week from Bangalore British Airways (BA) has announced an additional flight on Bangalore-London route following increasing passenger traffic. The additional flight will take BA frequencies from Bangalore to London Heathrow to six per week. The new flight (BA118) will takeoff from Bangalore international airport at 0545 hrs on Thursday and arrive at London Heathrow at 1150 hrs.
Plane sailing: 20% work complete The road to the airport is the first indication that Bangalore’s 10-year-old dream is taking concrete shape: The access road from the NH-4 to the Bangalore international airport site has been levelled and the first layer of granular sub-base (GSB) prior to asphalting has been laid.
Devanahalli farmers strike it big, acquire new lifestyle Ordering servants around and chatting you up over tea on a sultry afternoon, 80-year-old Uthanallappa presents a picture of contentment. The genial farmer from Anneshwara has sold off his 45 acres to the government for the international airport in Devanahalli. At Rs 5 lakh per acre, that’s easy math for a fortune. He has invested in lands and businesses, his sons are well placed in other professions and he still owns vast stretches of land across the village. Remind him of that, and he shoots back, “But where are the labourers to work on the lands?
Night flights from Hubli to take wings soon All seems to be going well for the development of Hubli Airport. The day is not far for the introduction of night flights from Hubli, which is one of the long-pending demands of people of this region.
Military flights hit by commercial traffic at HAL airport Choked by the increase in civilian aircraft traffic at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-owned city airport, its very purpose of carrying out military flying operations has been hit. Official sources said with the airport currently operating more than double its capacity, the HAL authorities were finding it difficult to carry on their work, be it routine sorties or testing prototypes of transport, civilian and military aircraft, designed and developed by defence establishments.