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Old December 21st, 2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Kerala Aviation | Airport | Airstrips

This thread is to discuss all aviation related discussions other than existing Kerala Airport threads.

Kerala has currently Four airfields, one in construction and eleven others proposed/approval stage.
Total active/proposed airfields : 16

links to existing threads
1. Cochin International Airport Ltd - COK/VOCI (CIAL-PPP)
2. Calicut International Airport -CCJ/VOCL (AAI)
3. Trivandrum International Airport - TRV/VOTV (AAI)
4. Kannur International Airport - u/c (KIAL-PPP)
5. Arumala International Airport - Approved (KGS Pvt ltd)
6. Kochi Naval base airport-Wellington Island (Defense-Navy) -VOCC
7. Idukki Airport - Approvals in process. (Kerala govt-PPP)


Airstrips/Airports proposed
1. Kasargod Airstrip - Proposed LA progressing (Kerala govt-PPP)
2. Waynad Airport - Proposed -EOI invited (Kerala govt-PPP)
3. Guruvayoor Airport -Proposed (Guruvayoor Imperial airport pvt ltd)
4. Kollam Airstrip - Proposed
5. Kottayam Airstrip - Proposed



Water Aerodromes
1. Bekal - Proposed
2. Alappuzha - Proposed
3. Kumarakom - Proposed
4. Munnar - Proposed

Helipads (Permanent non-resedential)
1. Varkala, Trivandrum
2. Alappuzha Helipad CCSB Road, Civil Station Ward, Alappuzha, Kerala
3. Muncipal Stadium, Ring Road, Pathanamthitta, Kerala 689645
4.Kalady Plantation Helipad Kerala 683583
5.Helipad at Marine Drive Marine Drive Walkway, Marine Drive, Ernakulam, Kerala
6.K.S.E.B Helipad Moolamattom - Pathipally Road, Moolamattom, Kerala 685589
7.Lulu International Helipad Thrissur, Kerala
8.Medical College Helipad Kozhikode, Kerala
9.West Hill, Kozhikode, Kerala (Military)
10.Helipad at Kannur Cantonment (Military)
11.Burnacherry, Kannur, Kerala

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Old December 21st, 2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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Airstrips to be developed in Kasaragod, Wayanad: Minister

Tourism Minister A.P. Anilkumar has said that plans are afoot to start airstrips in Kasaragod and Wayanad for improving connectivity to draw more domestic and foreign tourists to tourism destinations in the region.

Speaking at a meet-the-press programme held at the Press Club here on Saturday, the Minister said that the works for developing the proposed airstrip in Kasaragod were expected to begin in the current financial year itself. The government possessed a 60-acre land located 12 kms away from Bekal, he said adding that steps were on to acquire additional 40 acres as 100 acres were required for developing the airstrip. Ten places have been identified in Wayanad for the proposed airstrip there, he disclosed.

Mr. Anilkumar said that lack of connectivity including good road infrastructure was the major hurdle in the way of projects aimed at attracting more tourists to the Malabar region. Though the region has high potential for tourism development, the tourism sector here had not recorded growth comparable to the tourism growth elsewhere in the State, he said adding that the number of tourists reaching the Malabar region accounted for only 20 per cent of the tourist arrival in the State.


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Land acquisition begins for airstrip at Bekal

Land acquisition proceedings have begun at Kaniyamkundu in Periya village, Bekal, for constructing an airstrip that can receive 50-seater aircraft as part of efforts to improve connectivity to Bekal.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle2725591.ece

Of the 80.41 acres of land identified by the District Collector in the village for the proposed airstrip, 54.12 acres is revenue land and the remaining, private land. A sum of Rs.2.7 crore is needed for acquiring the land to set up the airstrip that will ensure better connectivity between Bekal and Mangalore, Kasaragod, and the proposed international airport at Kannur.

The decision to set up the airstrip comes in the wake of the finding that upmarket tourists are hesitant to include Bekal in their travel itinerary as its accessibility is inadequate compared to other tourist destinations. A drive of at least two hours is required to reach Bekal from the nearest airport at Mangalore. A similar amount of time is needed to drive down by road from Kannur.

“The airstrip is being set up as part of efforts to develop the area into a planned tourist destination, and we have set up the project office at Periya. The project report has been prepared by Cochin International Airport Ltd. (CIAL) and the aim is to commission the airstrip by 2013,” Managing Director of the State-owned Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) Shaji Madhavan told The Hindu here.

The Special Officer (now Managing Director) of Kannur airport and officials of the CIAL had inspected the land identified for the project and found it suitable.

Mr. Madhavan said it was yet to be decided who would construct the airstrip. Once it was commissioned, upmarket tourists would be able to reach Bekal from Kannur and Mangalore in small aircraft in 20 minutes.

Mr. Madhavan said Taj Vivanta had set up the second resort on the plot leased by the corporation. Lalit Resorts & Spa, launched two years ago at Beevoroi in Uduma grama panchayat, was the first venture.

Resorts of Green Gateway Leisure Ltd. (Air Travel Enterprises India) at Chettukundu in Pallikere panchayat, the Jamshedpur-based Globlink Hotels & Entertainment Ltd. at Malamkunnu in Uduma panchayat and the UAE-based Holiday Group of Hotel, and Joyce Group, Dubai, were nearing completion.

An investment to the tune of Rs.750 crore was estimated at Bekal, which was declared ‘Special Tourism Area' by the Centre in 1992 for integrated resort development, on completion of five-star resorts on six leased plots. Plots on 89.03 hectares had been given on lease for a 30-year period. The resorts were coming up on 76.89 hectares spread over four panchayats.
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Kerala will push low-cost airline: Chandy

NEW DELHI: Kerala has not given up on a proposal to start an airline of its own, particularly to provide low-cost options to its vast diaspora in the Gulf, and will soon pursue this with the central government, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

"We are at the moment concentrating on our fourth international airport at Kannur. Once that is done, we will pursue the airline option. We have not given up on the idea of a low-cost carrier," Chandy said at an interaction with IANS journalists during a visit to the agency's head office here Monday evening.

"We have also brought down the minimum level of investment in the Kannur airport project to Rs.50,000 from Rs.200,100 for individual investors," Chandy, who assumed office for the second time on May 18 said, adding this was a major request among many investors.

The project, under public-private partnership, is being set up by a consortium in which 26 percent of the equity is with the government, 23 percent with public sector units, two percent with other institutions and the remaining 49 percent with private players.

The airport is expected to cater to an annual traffic of more than one million international passengers and 300,000 domestic passengers as per 2009-2010 estimates and will also serve as an air cargo hub for perishables like flowers, vegetables, fruit and seafood.

Home to idyllic beaches, Kannur in the northern part of Kerala is among 10 best cities in India to live in, as per research firm Indicus Analytics, and 13 percent of its population is employed overseas. The project is coming up on a 2,000-acre area and expected to start operations in 2013.

Kerala currently has international airports at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. Kerala has around four million of its diaspora living outside and the bulk of them reside in the Gulf countries.

Speaking about the airline project, Chandy said the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had posed three conditions for overseas operations -- a fleet of five planes, five years of domestic operations and no operations to the Gulf.

"We said Air India Express with just two planes was allowed. Within three months, it got permission to fly to the Gulf. They said it is an Air India subsidiary. We said, okay we accept, but you also have to accept this -- this is a state government airline," Chandy said.

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Good initiative PPJ. Aviation infrastructure is one thing in which Kerala has an edge over any other state. It is just going to improve in coming years.
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This thread has been moved back to the Kerala subforum since its a general aviation thread and not project specific.

You can always post news related to new airports and strips in the New Airports of India and the ✈India Aviation | Airlines | Airports News II threads.

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Bekal airstrip project remains a pipe dream

KOZHIKODE: The proposal for an airstrip that can receive 50-seater aircraft at Bekal in Kasargod, mooted by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) to promote tourism, is likely to turn into a pie in the sky for various reasons.

According to top sources in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, an airstrip is not feasible at Bekal� due to the proximity of the land, claimed to have been identified for the project, to the existing Mangalore Bajpe International Airport and forthcoming Kannur International Airport.

The 80-acre land is in� Periya village.

“The proposal for an airstrip has to get clearance from the Union Ministries of Home, Defence and Civil Aviation. When Bekal can be reached within two hours from Mangalore or Kannur airports, the chances of� getting clearance for the project are highly unlikely. As per the regulations, Civil Aviation Ministry never gives approval for an airport within a radius of 100 miles of another airport,” sources maintained.

More importantly, there are certain security concerns as well. “For an aircraft to land at an airport or airstrip, the facility has to be created from an aerial distance of at least 40 km. For instance, if an airplane has to land at Kozhikode Airport, the facility has to be done from Kozhikode beach if the plane is coming from the Gulf.

The aerial distance from the proposed Bekal airstrip is equi-distant from Mangalore and Kannur airports but only a little over the landing facility. The risks involved will be proportionally higher when the volume of flights taking off and landing increases at Mangalore, Kannur and also at the proposed Bekal airstrip,” officials pointed out.

The whole project mooted four years ago appears to be a claim of bureaucrats to hoodwink the Centre.

Even when the BRDC officials claim that the land acquisition process has begun and the airstrip� would be commissioned by 2013, the fact is that the BRDC is yet to enter into a contract with the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) to prepare a detailed project report.

“We have received a proposal from the BRDC to prepare a detailed project report for the airstrip. In reply, we have informed the terms and conditions to the BRDC but they are yet to respond,” CIAL DGM Thankachan K P told Express.

Kasargod Additional District Magistrate Dineshan, who also holds the charge of Land Acquisition Deputy Collector, said the BRDC has not given a request for acquisition of land for the airstrip.

“But,as per a government request, we have recommended 80 acres of land in Periya village, of which 54.12 acre is revenue land and remaining is private land. So far, BRDC has not officially communicated about the land acquisition for the project,” he said.

When contacted, BRDC Manager (Land Acquisition) C Kumaran confirmed that they are yet to ent er into an agreement with CIAL. “As per the terms and conditions of the CIAL, the fee would be remitted and the work for preparing the project report will start soon. The requests for acquiring land for the project and obtaining clearances from the Unions Ministries could be forwarded only after receiving the detailed project report,” he said.

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I dont see whats the problem here for an airstip which is 2 hrs from mangalore. Arial distance is not a problem for tiny planes in this case.
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I dont see whats the problem here for an airstip which is 2 hrs from mangalore. Arial distance is not a problem for tiny planes in this case.
From Mangalore, its not a major issue as of now, but from Kannur it could be a slight problem. I am not an aviation expert, but limited knowledge, I can say the flight must descend to a level of 13,000 ft to 10,000 ft even 30 to 40 Kms.... But since Kannur airport is also coming in its path, a 50 seater plan (something similar to ATR series of flight) landing at Bekal are more likely to come in path of flights take off/landing at Kannur.....

Secondly in days of higher aviation fuel costs, constructing long airstrips meant for regional jets like ATR series etc is a foolish act and mere waste of money.

The best is for helicopter connectivity which requires less space on ground and helicopters donot take an altitude/air corridor meant for jets....

In future, once Kannur Airport and Mangalore airport gets better ATC and radar services, other smaller vehicles can be tried out....

In Europe and in New Zealand, there are small light aircrafts, that can carry 3 to 5 passengers, flying less than 10,000 ft altitude and can land even on untarred airstrips with less support.... Such air strips must be considered in Kerala too, in remote areas, than full fledged medium aerodromes here and there....
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Airstrips are never meant for full time operation. The airstrip under consideration would be more related to tourism rather than regular travel and will be unlikely it will connect to mangalore and kannur. Though its near these airport it wont much affect the operation since ATC would handle and this airstrip is never going to be a busy airport. On technical side whenever questions about operations are raised I just think about manhattan!.
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Airstrips are never meant for full time operation. The airstrip under consideration would be more related to tourism rather than regular travel and will be unlikely it will connect to mangalore and kannur. Though its near these airport it wont much affect the operation since ATC would handle and this airstrip is never going to be a busy airport. On technical side whenever questions about operations are raised I just think about manhattan!.
Yes, some of Indian rules are anarchic..... There are many cities in the world, having 2 or 3 airports within 30 to 40 km in radius, running prefectly safe.... But one issue which we forgot to address, in most of such cities, almost all airports have full fledged ATC centers with state-of-the-art radar services....

In India, the 4th busiest Airport still relies on out-dated primary radar.... If we look, the area inbetween Bangalore and Trivandrum, have reported several blank points without radar coverage..... One of the reasons of Mangalore crash is not having a secondary radar.... The same problem will be faced by Kannur Airport too....

Its true, these air-strips are not meant for regular traffic.... But still, for chartered flights, isn't more economical to get a helicopter than a 50 seater aircraft with present levels of traffic projections....

One alternative is to consider is setting up more air fields for Naval/Air force purposes, so that in few times, it can be used for civilian needs......
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One alternative is to consider is setting up more air fields for Naval/Air force purposes, so that in few times, it can be used for civilian needs......
In fact Air force and navy love these airstrips. Many airfields are being repoened in country and made commercial operation just for the sake of making the airfields active so that whenever military requires it can take over. Air force has already said these in press conference. AAI will always be happy to open new airfields.
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We do have two airports just 30km apart at COK, not to say practically next door airports in BOM and DEL. Given enough time gap, ATC can co-ordinate and control operations without secondary radar. It is for efficient, and time-saving operations that needs radar. An airstrip with a few movements per week is not a problem at all.
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Kerala celebrated 75th anniversary of civil aviation



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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Kerala celebrated the 75th anniversary of the launch of civil aviation service in the State, which started with a royal touch on October 29 in 1935 when a plane of Tata Airlines flew in here with the patronage of the erstwhile prince of Travancore late Chithira Tirunal Balarama Varma.

The DH.83 Fox Moth aircraft, owned by patriarch of the Tata house, late J R D Tata, landed at the small airport at Chaakka on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, with two passengers and a bundle of mail from Mumbai.

Recalling the momentous occasion, the present head of Travancore royal family, Uthradam Trunal Marthada Varma, said it was the far-sightedness of the popular prince that made the air-service a reality at a time when even road and rail connectivity were in its early stages of development in this part of the country.

It was his realisation that air travel was going to be a vital mode of transport in the future and a symbol of progress that prompted the prince to make a personal request to Tata to bring Thiruvananthapuram on the aviation map, he said.

With that, Travancore down south became one of the few Indian princely states of the pre-independence period to have civil aviation service, historians say.

A large number of dignitaries including the then Travancore Diwan Muhammand Habibulla, C P Ramaswamy Iyer, the city Municipal council president Venkita Krishna Iyer and members of the royal family were present to greet the plane.

Common people, many of whom were seeing an aircraft for the first time, thronged the area to catch a glimpse of the ’machine bird’ braving downpour. When it hovered over the airport and touched down, they cheered and applauded.

Pilot Nevill Vincent and the two passengers, Jamshed Navoroji, a Tata company official, and Kanchi Dwarakadas, a commercial agent of Travancore, were garlanded by the dignitaries, according to the city’s chronicles.

Conceived basically as a mail service, the plane carried a baggage of postal dispatches, most of which were letters hailing the prince for his bold initiative.

British Viceroy of India at that time Lord Willingdon also sent birthday greetings to Chitira Tirunal through the mail.

The first flight was cheered by people also on its return journey on November 1. When it flew over the Tata Oil Mill in Kochi, Navoroji threw down a piece of white cloth to workers who gathered at the Mill premises to see the plane flying over them.

At that time undertaking a train journey from Thiruvananthapuram to Bombay used to take 58 hours whereas the flight service took only eight hours, enabling speedy dispatch of letters and official despatches.

The fare was Rs 150 which was a huge sum then. But, interestingly the amount was the same for the first class train journey between Thiruvananthapuram and Bombay. It soon became a weekly service reaching here every Friday and returning to Bombay on Tuesday.

However, the service did not last long as it ran into loss and resulted in some dispute between the company and the royal administration over compensation, which was settled amicably later.

According to Uthradam Thirunal, business matters did not disturb the cordial relations of the family with Tatas. “It was a historic moment when the first flight landed here. The family had an enduring bond with JRD Tata for the great services he had rendered to us,” Uthardam Tirunal told PTI.

“JRD always extended his help to the family. It was he who arranged a special aircraft to Travancore in 1944 to bring the body of Avittam Thirunal, the eight-year old son of princess Karthika Tirunal and Col.Godavarma Raja after the boy’s death in Mumbai,” he recalled.

As the train journey would take at least two days to reach Thiruvananthapuram, the bereaved family thought of using the flight to transport the body. The King sent a messenger to Tata seeking his help and without any hesitation he arranged a plane, he said.

The 89-year-old Maharaja, younger brother of Chithira Tirunal, has vivid memories of the day he was sent to Bombay to meet Tata and convey the family’s gratitude.

“Tata was surprised to know that I came to Bombay solely for conveying our thanks for the help he extended at a critical situation. He accompanied me to the vehicle to see me off,” Uthardam Tirunal said.

In 1939, the Travancore Royal house acquired an aircraft of its own, a Dakota. Bigger and advanced planes began to land at Thiruvananthapuram since the 1970s with the development of the airport, which is now an international airport.



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We do have two airports just 30km apart at COK, not to say practically next door airports in BOM and DEL. Given enough time gap, ATC can co-ordinate and control operations without secondary radar. It is for efficient, and time-saving operations that needs radar. An airstrip with a few movements per week is not a problem at all.
I don't think just because Bombay or Delhi or Chennai or Trivandrum has a secondary Radar, accidents can be avoided in other airports.... If so, Mangalore crash won't have happened at all, since Bangalore airport is just 300 Kms or even less aerially.....

In Mangalore crash report, one important point noted was the ATC controllers had no idea about Flight's touch down. Rather it relied fully on what Pilots said.... Whereas even if Bangalore ATC had some idea, by the time, they intimate to Mangalore, accident might have occured....

In India, the problem is that, we learn several things only after accident.... Secondary radars have been used in almost all busy airports across the world, since 1960s.... Yet, the country's most busiest airport- Delhi didn't have untill the worst disaster made us to realize so..... If Chakri incident haven't happened, I am sure, even today, we would be talking about secondary radars for Delhi and Mumbai....

It was not me, rather DGCA who reported blank points inbetween Bangalore-Trivandrum Air Corridor, despite of being one of the most busiest.... If Cochin equips with a Secondary radar, surely it can monitor whats happening over its airspace....

In my opinion, every major airport should have it, as most accidents can happen during landing/takeoff... Mid-air collisions are rare.... In Kerala, since we are proposing airports closeby, without secondary radars in Kozhikode, Kochi and upcoming Kannur, it will be too difficult for 50 seater aircrafts to land in so closeby airfields....

Military jets cannot be compared with commercial aircraft.. They are small, have better maneuverability and hence even if they are close by, it won't be an issue, unlike commercial jets......
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There is no question on the necessity of secondary radar. They are very much needed in many of the Indian airports.

Still, it is not a limiting factor for safely operating airports and airstrips. It would, of course alert the ATC about certain pilot errors (that involve incorrect location reported). But such errors are very rare. SSRs are needed for operating flights in shorter intervals, that's all.

I just wanted to point out that it is not a limiting factor.
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Govt proposes airstrip in every district in budget 2012
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Thank god that land for Kannur airport is acquired. Otherwise we would end up having an airstrip in Kannur.
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Equally, there is a proposal to set up an independent company for Seaplanes and light aircrafts that can land anywhere.

Along with helicopters, these together have high potential in Kerala. I hope, these get into reality, than proposals
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Kinfra to work on Wayanad airport project

Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) has been directed to conduct a techno-economic feasibility study on the proposed airport project for the backward Wayanad district in north Kerala.

Earlier, a technical feasibility report prepared by Airport Authority of India had identified a suitable plot at Panamaram area in Kaniampatta village in the district, an official spokesman said here.

Based on that study, Kinfra has been assigned with the task of assessing the techno-economic feasibility.

The State government has also proposed that a society be formed to raise funds for the project along the lines of the Kannur International Airport Promotion Society that is promoting the Kannur airport.

A nine-member governing council has been set up with Mr K. Babu, Minister for Ports and Excise, as chairman, and Mr V. Thulasidas, managing director, Kannur International Airport Ltd, as vice-chairman.

An executive council will be set up with Mr Thulasidas as president. These two bodies will deal with the nitty-gritty of formation of the airport promotion society.

The governing council members are Mr Tom Jose, Principal Secretary, Transport; Ms C. R. Vatsala, Additional Secretary; Mr R. Ajayakumar, Joint Secretary, Finance; Mr P. Balan, Manager, Corporate Affairs; Mr A. S. Jayakrishnan, Finance Manager; Mr K. S. Shibukumar, Deputy Project Engineer; and Mr Anish Kurian, Company Secretary.

Most of these officials are being co-opted as members of the executive committee as well, the spokesman added.
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