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Old September 4th, 2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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Arrow Aranmula International Airport | Approved

Kerala to get its fifth International Airport at Aranmula. Interestingly, this will be India's first international airport, outside any Metropolitan city and first international airport in rural area.

Aranmula is a temple town near the Pampa riverside, located in Central Travancore, which is 138 Kms north to the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram and 132 Kms south to Kerala's commercial capital, Kochi. The town is extremely famous for its unique Metal Mirror, one of the world's most guarded metallurgy secrets as well as for its large Krishna Temple which hoists one of the largest annual snake boat races in the state.

The Airport is going to be Kerala's first private airport without governmental stake and interest funded by a private consortium. While 51% of the total stake remains with its original promoters- the Chennai based KGS Developers, Anil Ambani's ADAG Reliance Airports Limited have taken 15% of stake, with additional stake interest of 5%. The remaining stake is now owned by Aranmula based Mount Zion Trust, promoted by an American Malayalee, Abraham Kalamannil. The Consortium is likely to start a separate company called Arnamula Aviation Co for starting the airport works.

The Airport has got all clearances from Ministry of Civil Aviation, DGCA and Kerala Government. The Domestic terminal is expected to open by 2012.

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Aranmula Airport

he Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG) has picked up a 15 per cent stake for Rs225 crore in a new international airport coming up at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district of central Kerala. The investment was made a few months ago through one of the group's smaller investment companies at Rs486 per share, said executives of KGS Aranmula Airport.

Promoted by KGS Aranmula Airport Ltd at an investment of Rs2,000 crore, it is the first private sector airport in Kerala. The state already has three international airports: Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Aranmula airport received a go-ahead from the state government yesterday.

The airport will be situated in the Sabarimala hills, which houses the famous shrine of Lord Ayyappa. Anil Ambani and mother Kokilaben visited the temple in February last year. The temple is reported to be world's largest annual pilgrimage with more than 50 Million pilgrims visiting the temple from November to March, from all over the world. Along with this, the airport is located near to Maramon, which hosts India's largest Christian convention annually, with more than a million attending the convention. As large number of pilgrims reach the destination from other parts of India and world, via Air, a nearby airport can ensure a hassle free travel.

The promoters of KGS Developers hold 51 per cent stake in the project, scheduled to be fully operational by December 2012. Aranmula Aviation Ltd, a company promoted by a consortium of Keralite organisations in North America and Mount Zion Trust promoted by local businessman Abraham Kalamannil, holds 30 per cent stake. The state government-owned Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation is also likely to pick up around 10 per cent stake, said P T Nandakumar, CEO, KGS Aranmula Airport Ltd.

The districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kollam and Kottayam that will be served by the airport have 270,000 residents overseas, mainly in West Asia and the US. Another 600,000 Keralites have migrated to other states. The airport can serve tourists and pilgrims visiting the state, said executives.

R-ADAG’s 15 per cent stake will be in the airport's main promoter, Chennai-based KGS Developers, which is planning real estate projects worth over over Rs11,000 crore in south India, including a business district along the Chennai-Pondicherry corridor. R-ADAG is a 50 per cent partner in three large township projects planned by KGS, which also has a tie-up with Reliance Adlabs to set up shopping mall-cum-multiplexes at 30 locations in 17 cities.

R-ADAG is developing five small airports in Maharashtra through Reliance Airports Ltd, a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure.

"The first phase of the airport, with a runway of 1,800 meters, will be ready by next year. It will be extended to 3,000 meters by the end of December next year," said Nandakumar. In the first phase, planned at an investment of Rs500 crore, the airport can handle only small aircraft. On completing the second phase, wide-bodied aircraft like Airbus can land at the airport. It is expected to handle traffic of 50,000 passengers in first phase and atleast 1.34 lakh every year on completion.

KGS Aranmula Airport is in possession of 350 acres of land and will acquire another 150 acres. Land has been levelled for the first phase and has obtained site clearance from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The environmental impact assessment report will be submitted soon, said the CEO.

The project will also include 150 acres of real estate development, which will include a five-star hotel managed by the Taj Group, a three-star hotel, a single-star hotel, an international school, and a shopping mall-cum-multiplex. The airport is estimated to generate revenues of Rs10 crore per year.

Source:- http://www.business-standard.com/ind...irport/406980/
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Old September 4th, 2010, 01:20 PM   #3
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Aranmula's Domestic Airport ready by 2012

Kerala's fifth domestic airport would come up at Aranmula in two years, said Gigi George, managing director of KGS Aranmula Airport Limited (KGSAAL) that recently got the State government's conditional clearance for setting up an international greenfield airport in Aranmula.

Mr. George, accompanied by K.C. Rajagoapalan, MLA, P.T. Nandakumar, chief operating officer of the company and Abraham Kalamannil, Aranmula Aviation Academy chairman, was addressing a press conference at the Press Club here on Friday.

He said the company had prepared an action plan to begin service from its domestic airport at Aranmula in 2012. However, he said, the non-scheduled operations, including air-taxi service, would begin soon from the 8,000-ft runway at Aranmula.

Mr, George said the proposed airport has already received green signal from the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation. The Union Ministry of Environment had also agreed in principle to give clearance for the project, taking Kerala's geographical constraints and its grave development need into consideration.

He said the Emirates group would manage the airport as well as cargo operations. Iyer and Mahesh Co. in Thiruvananthapuram is the architect of the project.

KGS Group and Reliance-Anil Dhirubai Ambani Group would have 70 per cent stake in the company while the Mount Zion Group would have the rest. The company was also planning to give up to 10 per cent stake to the State-sponsored Kinfra, he added. Mr George said Kerala has registered the largest air traffic growth in the country in 2009 and the proposed airport would cater to the aviation needs of Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and Alappuzha.

He said the Director General of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India had already granted approval for the airport project.

Source:- http://www.hindu.com/2010/09/04/stor...0452630300.htm
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Old September 4th, 2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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Website of Aranmula Airport

Visit http://www.kgsaranmulaairport.com/

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Old September 6th, 2010, 07:34 PM   #5
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Looks promising. Any external renders available?
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Old September 6th, 2010, 08:16 PM   #6
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I don't think, the renders in the website is original. They might be some non-related pictures added to the website, to give a better looks.

I donot know whether this project will materialize within 2012. The company requires additional 150 acres of land as one of the pre-condition to operate the airport. In addition, there could be a few environmental issues to be addressed, though they have got in-principle approval of Environmental clearance. But with Jairam Ramesh at Environmental ministry, I again doubt, whether this project will run into Navi-Mumbai kind of troubles.

As per the available information, there will be a 8000 feet Runway. Already in current land available with the company, they have filled sand for a small runway upto 3500 feet, which they plan to surface soon, to accomodate smaller aircrafts like ATR etc, probably eyeing on upcoming Sabarimala season.

The initial plan would be establishing Kerala's first dedicated Domestic Airport, an Air-taxi center connecting two major airports- Kochi and Trivandrum and Kerala's first Heliport all intended for tourism purposes. The company expects it can do by 2012, which I am doubtful.

The second phase would be construction of International terminal and making it as Customs Airport with seasonal operations from US and Europe as this airport is located in a belt, having large number of US/Europe based Malayalee population.

The third phase would be full fledged International Airport, with extensive allied operations like SEZ or Industrial zone etc nearby.


Anyhow 5 airports within 38,000 Sq Km (Kerala's entire area) is really amazing. I think, there is no similar deal anywhere else in India

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Old September 7th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #7
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Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Calicut and now Aranmula..... which is the Fifth airport in Kerala as stated in Posts 1 and 6???
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Old September 7th, 2010, 07:36 AM   #8
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Kannur International Airport, located in Kannur- North Malabar will be the fourth International Airport of Kerala.

http://www.kannurairport.org/

Already we have a separate thread for this airport. All formalities for the new airport is completed and discussions of funding, equity holdings etc is going on. Once that is completed, the construction will start soon and expected to open by 2015.

The Airport will be CIAL Modelled one (PPP basis) with Kerala Govt holding majority stake and remaining by NRKs and financial institutions.

Aranmula is new airport, just sanctioned a week back, which will be in pure private sector, without any governmental stake and it will not be an International airport at first instance, rather a domestic airport. The international status is planned only for second phase.

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Old September 7th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #9
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Here is the master plan for KGS Aranmula International Airport.

An international airport in just 350 acres. Excellent space utilization! Why did we waste so much precious land in Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kannur airports?
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Old September 7th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #10
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Why did we waste so much precious land in Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kannur airports?
Having started off as early as 1932, Trivandrum International Airport had around 500 acres only initially. Some 100+ acres more of land was planned to be acquired in the recent years (I don't remember the exact area now). I think around 27 acres more were acquired in which the new International Terminal is built. The Terminal is designed in such a way that it is scalable laterally, once more land is acquired.

The only issue is that the Airport is situated so close to the city which makes it difficult to acquire land. It is just about 4 kms from the City centre.
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Here is the master plan for KGS Aranmula International Airport.

An international airport in just 350 acres. Excellent space utilization! Why did we waste so much precious land in Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kannur airports?
The masterplan is excellent and shows the level of intelligence of its promoters in making a world class airport without massive land acquisitions. Perhaps its also important, as this project is located in an environmental sensitive zone and large acquisitions and leveling the land may end up in various red-tapes of Environmental ministry, like the one happened for Navi Mumbai case. Perhaps it may be one of the guiding factor, why the promoters ensured all basic needs for an airport without much land.

But I don't it is wise to compare Kochi or TVM or Calicut airports's land acquisition policy with Aranmula airport. More land acquisitions was required, as these are major metros of Kerala and in future the element of scalability must be there to expand the operations, a second runway or more facilities.

Aranmula's airport is meant to cater a smaller crowd, perhaps more into as a niche kind of travellers, particularly tourists, pilgrims and seasonal visits of NRKs of Europe/America. Hence this is best for the airport, unlike CIAL or TVM which caters more larger crowds and larger interests.

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Aranmula airport will give Sabarimala pilgrimage a boost. See report
in TOI below.
If that is true, Sabarimala will be an international destination soon, with many Saayips chanting 'swamiye ayyappo'. A kindaff ayyappa globalization !!



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...ow/6528953.cms
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Old November 27th, 2010, 11:40 AM   #13
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Aranmula airport work to begin in December

KOCHI: The people of Aranmula, a temple town in central Kerala, will soon be able to see winged machines touching down on their backyard as the construction of the much-awaited international airport there will officially begin in December.

After facing a series of hurdles, the airport project is finally readying to take off with the state government and the Centre giving their final nod for the project.

Aranmula Aviation Limited chairman Abraham Kalamannil told Express that the project had got all the required clearance from the government agencies concerned and the foundation-stone laying would be held in December.

“We have not finalised the date of the ceremony.

Most probably, it will be held between December 15 and 30,” he said. Abraham said the project had received clearance from the Union ministries of Defence, Environment and Forests, and Civil Aviation. He said 66 overhead power lines passing through the identified location for the airport had been relocated.

“The first phase of construction will begin soon after the foundation stone-laying ceremony. The construction is expected to be completed in two years,” he added.

The `2,000-crore airport project had gathered momentum after the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and the Chennai-based KGS Developers Ltd joined the consortium as major stakeholders. While Reliance ADAG and KGS Developers have brought 30 percent stake each, the remaining 30 percent, and 10 percent are owned by Aranmula Aviation Ltd and the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra), respectively.

The airport, to be developed in two phases, will have the capacity to handle 1,000 passengers at a time. The runway length in phase-I will be of 1,530 m x 30 m and 2,800m x 45m in the second phase.

The airport will cater to the passengers from Alappuzha, Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts. In the first phase, the airport will have a runway, taxiway, aprons, isolation bay, security compound wall, peripheral security roads, fire station, drainage system, terminal building, main access roads, car parking area, water distribution system, electricity receiving and distribution system and a sewage treatment plant.

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DGCA and AAI started inspecting the site for Aranmula airport. The inspection, which started yesterday, will continue today as well.



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A good news for the proposed Aranmula airport. Once the Aranmula airport opens, there will be manifold increase in the number of pilgrims, who come by flight.

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Pilgrims' rush benefits Nedumbassery airport

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500 pilgrims use the airport daily

Airport offers taxi service to and from the temple

Helicopter taxi to Nilackal yet to begin service

Nedumbassery: With the Sabarimala temple opening for this year's Makaravilakku festival, the domestic terminal of Cochin airport here has been witnessing an unprecedented flow of pilgrims from neighbouring States.

According to airport officials, the number of devotees was way beyond the expected levels with a majority of them landing from Hyderabad, closely followed by Bangalore and Chennai.

According to tourism sources at the airport, an average of 500 pilgrims had been using the airport daily since the beginning of this two-month season.

The figure reached 800-900 in the last couple of days. “Unlike previous years, the number of pilgrims departing from here too has been on the higher side,” said an official.

Domestic tourists to the State, especially from north India, were increasingly opting for an air travel despite a hike in ticket prices, he added.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/01/11/stor...1152560700.htm
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No approval for Aranmula airport

Defence ministry denied approval for the project
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SA Krishna will be happy now.
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Eh? What does defence min. have to do with airports?
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Eh? What does defence min. have to do with airports?
I don't know what the article said because I can't understand that language bu it could be interfering in their airspace.
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It says the airport will cause difficulties with the flight movement of aircraft carrier INS Garuda.(Anchored in Kochi Naval Base) And also says about the usual things like less than 100km distance from existing airport (& INS Garuda) etc. etc.
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