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Old May 16th, 2012, 07:34 AM   #21
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Airport projects fail to take wings in Kerala

KOCHI: Lack of a dedicated department for Civil Aviation at the state government level may affect the ambitious airport projects in the state.

Finance Minister K M Mani had in his budget speech for 2012-13 proposed mini airports and airstrips in every district.

But it will be difficult for the project to take off without a Civil Aviation Department at the state level, say experts.

“It will be almost impossible for the state to implement the projects without a department for aviation,” says Kochi-based aviation expert Jacob Philip.


“Fourteen states have Departments of Civil Aviation while in Kerala the aviationrelated matters are still handled by the different departments,” he said.

Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Sikkim, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal have civil aviation departments.

At present, Fisheries, Excise and Ports Minister K Babu is the Minister incharge of airports while Principal Secretary to Department of Transport is the highest official responsible for aviation.

Tom Jose, the Principal Secretary of Department of Transport in charge of airports, is now entrusted with the additional responsibilities of Kochi Metro Rail Limited as managing director.

“The problem arises when the government proposes a project as it will not be able to make a unified approach to the Central Government for getting various clearances,” said Philip.

“He cited the state of an airport project in Idukki.

Not even a single clearance has been granted for the project, which was initiated three years back.

The clearances could have been obtained if there was a unified approach on the part of the state government,” he said.

K Ramalingam, managing director of Super Airports Infrastructure Limited, also says that it is better to have a civil aviation department at the state level.

“Aviation is a complex matter.

It involves a number of matters such as environment, safety, business and economics.

However, what the state government needs is a team of experts and specialists,” said Ramalingam, who is also a former executive director of the Airports Authority of India.

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What a pity? We have high number of air passengers and highest number of international airports but no aviation department.
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5th Airport in the State, to take off soon.

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A special meeting of the state cabinet will be held on May 24 to discuss issues related to land acquisition for major infrastructure projects. Sources said the meeting was likely to discuss an amendment to the Kerala Conservation of Paddy land and Wetland Act - 2008, which the UDF feels is restraining major development works.

"Land issues are a major hurdle in dealing with infrastructure projects. Unavailability of suitable land is the major hindrance in realizing garbage treatment plants in cities. Projects like Metro rail have also been facing this issue. The special cabinet meeting will discuss how to deal with such issues," said chief minister Oommen Chandy.

Sources in the government said the cabinet had given priority to discussing land issues because it wanted speedy clearance for the Aranmula airport project. The Greenfield airport project at Aranmula was cleared by the previous LDF government by violating a number of rules including the Paddy land and Wet land Act. The UDF had ordered a vigilance inquiry into the project, and the environment subcommittee of the Assembly headed by Congress legislator C P Mohammed is examining the allegations against the project. Government chief whip P C George had even demanded a CBI inquiry into the issue. But a meeting of the UDF high power committee on May 3, decided to give in-principle nod for the project. The KGS group, which came up with the Rs 2,000 crore project, has been asked to construct the airport in the 500 acres of land already acquired. The UDF has asked the group not to evict anyone for the project, and to use the entire land only for the purpose of the airport.

The UDF meeting, attended by all constituent leaders, also decided to withdraw the notification granting industrial zone status to the area surrounding the project site.

Sources said the government wants to sell the Aranmula airport project in the Emerging Kerala business meet in September. "A few clauses in the Paddy land and Wetland Act will prove a headache for the project as there is every chance of environmentalists approaching the court against it. Hence, amendments need to be made," said a UDF leader who is aware of the recent developments.

The special cabinet meeting is also likely to discuss the proposal of issuing infrastructure bonds in lieu of land handed over for development purposes.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 05:12 AM   #24
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Traffic News for the month of March 2012

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Old May 20th, 2012, 05:58 AM   #25
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Cochin Airport posts a highly stablized and matured traffic stats for year 2011-2012

Kerala's most busiest has posted an impressive traffic stats for the year 2011-2012, despite of terrible aviation mess in the sector, which includes cancelletion of KF Flights.

The Airport for 8th time consecutive maintained the position of Country's 4th Most Busiest International Airport with an international passenger traffic of 2.5 Million (25 Lakhs), a sharp increase of 9.7%

The Airport also kept its position as 10th Busiest Domestic Airport with a passenger base of 2.1 Million (21 Lakhs), an increase of 7.5%

This makes Cochin, to have a passenger base of 4.7 Million total (just 3 Lakh less for the magical 5 Million Mark), making it 6th Busiest Airport in the Country.

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Old May 23rd, 2012, 08:16 AM   #26
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Kerala Airport statistics:


Caliicut
International : 1.98 Million (+8.4 %), 6th in the country
Domestic : 0.22 Million (-1.5%)
Overall : 2.2 Million (+7.3) 13th in the country

Kochi
International : 2.58 Million (+9.7%), 4th in the country
Domestic : 2.1 Million (+7.5%) 9th in the country
Overall : 4.71 Million (+8.7%) 7th in the country

Trivandrum
Internation : 1.83 Million (-0.7%) 8th in the country
Domestic : 0.97 Million (43%)
Overall : 2.8 Million (+11.4%) 11th

Observations
Steep decline in domestic freight in all airports, wheraes international freight increased.
Decline in international passengers at trivandrum and domestic passengers in calicut.
Steep increase in domestic passengers at trivandrum.
Consistent growth for kochi airport.

Overall
international passengers from kerala = 6.39 M = 15.6% of all india intl traffic(40M)
Domestic = 3.35 M = 2.7% of all india domestic traffic(121M)
Total = 9.7 M = 5.9 % of all india combined traffic. (162M)

Roughly speaking 1 in every 6 international passenger flies from Kerala.
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Error: Kochi is the 6th busiest in overall passenger traffic.
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 12:04 PM   #28
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Error: Kochi is the 6th busiest in overall passenger traffic.
Airports with more than 5M overall passengers.

chennai -12.9
kolkota - 10.3
delhi - 35.8
mumbai - 30.7
bangalore - 12.6
hyderabad - 8.4

So it must be 7th. May be you might have missed any of these airports count.
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Airports with more than 5M overall passengers.

chennai -12.9
kolkota - 10.3
delhi - 35.8
mumbai - 30.7
bangalore - 12.6
hyderabad - 8.4

So it must be 7th. May be you might have missed any of these airports count.
Yeah, missed H'bad
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 07:41 PM   #30
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Roughly speaking 1 in every 6 international passenger flies from Kerala.
6% is not 1 in 6. 1 in 6 is 16%
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 07:56 PM   #31
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That is what he said. 15.6%
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Investment for Idukki airport pegged at Rs 200 cr

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KOCHI: The proposed greenfield airport at Anakkara in Idukki district will require estimated investments of Rs 200 crore, including provisioning for future expansion, said sources associated with the development.

"The airport will have a single 5,000-ft runway catering to smaller transport and cargo aircraft like ATRs and the Phenom from Brazilian aircraft company Embraer. These aircraft are ideal for remote locations and require limited runway length. Hence, they are ideal for operating services to the proposed Idukki airport," sources said.

The state government had identified 450 hectares (roughly 1,100 acres) of land for the airport and a feasibility study by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in 2009 found the area ideal for the airport. However, it is understood that local opposition to large-scale land acquisition of what is claimed to be agricultural land, has forced the state government to reduce the scope of the project to 200 acres. Countering this, an official associated with the project claimed that the new land acquisition target focuses only on uncultivated land parcels and large-scale rehabilitation of farmers and their families would not be necessary.

A substantial portion of the required land for the project is expected to be acquired through levelling of two hills, Poovinchimala and Sankurundampara, in the Anakkara region.

The airport is expected to further boost tourism in Idukki district and serve as a convenient embarkation point to larger airports for people living in the neighbouring districts of Kottayam, Ernakulam and Alappuzha. The Idukki district administration had submitted a feasibility report for the project to Airport Authority of India (AAI) last year. However, a report on the cost aspects of the airport project is yet to be submitted by the state government.

Anakkara is located 14 km from Kumily, 15 km from Thekkady and 85 km from Munnar on the main route connecting the three tourism destinations.

While the civil aviation ministry and the AAI have approved the proposal, it is pending clearance from the union defence ministry.
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Kerala will get its first seaplane in September

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KOCHI: For the first time in the state, Kochi will launch a seaplane service, as the state government has decided to introduce this facility in September this year as part of the Emerging Kerala Global Connect Programme. The announcement was made by chief minister Oommen Chandy in Kochi on Saturday.

Chandy was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the water transport terminal and office complex of Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA), which will come up on the Goshree-Chatiath Road.

The first seaplane service would begin during the global connect programme, which is slated to be held in September. Once introduced, the service is expected to boost water tourism in the state. Immediate measures would be taken to identify the area needed for this project, he said.

He also added that a meeting with the prime minister's advisor Sam Pitroda, for discussing development plans for Kerala, has been scheduled on May 28 at Thiruvananthapuram. The development plans for Kerala would be discussed with him.

The construction work of GIDA's three-storeyed complex commenced on Saturday. , would have a water service terminal office and a conference hall.

Soon after completion, GIDA would move to the new building from the revenue tower complex where it is housed at present.

"The development processs , which will see new roads and bridges connecting the islands, will need efficient transportation system. GIDA will utilize the inland water resource available and introduce modern and fast boats that provide residents cheap and safe transport. It has already procured the necessary clearance from Cochin Port and Kochi corporation," said GIDA chairman P I Sheik Pareeth.

The tender proceedings of the Rs 6.33-crore project was completed by Kitco and according to GIDA officials Aluva FIT would initiate the project. It is slated to be completed within a year.

For the first time in the state, Kochi would launch sea plane service as the state government has decided to introduce this facility in September this year as part of the Emerging Kerala Global Connect program.

This was announced by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Kochi on Saturday.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone of the water transport terminal and office complex of Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA) which would come up at the authority's land on Goshree- Chatiath road.

Oommen Chandy said that the first service would start during the global connect program which is slated to happen in September. Once introduced, the service is expected to boost the water tourism of the state. Immediate measures would be taken to identify the area needed for this project, he said. He added that a meeting with Sam Pitroda, advisor to prime minister, has been scheduled on May 28 at Thiruvananthapuram, with whom he would discuss development plans for the state.

The construction work of GIDA's three storeyed complex that commenced on Saturday would have water service terminal office and conference hall, and soon after completion GIDA would move to the new building from the Revenue Tower complex where it is now housed.

"The development process which would see new roads and bridges connecting islands also would need efficient system of transportation. GIDA would utilise the inland water resource available and would introduce modern and fast boats that provide residents a cheap, fast and safe mode of transport. GIDA has already procured the necessary clearance from Cochin Port and Cochin Corporation," said GIDA chairman PI Sheik Pareeth.

The tender proceedings of the Rs 6.33 crore project was completed by KITCO and according to GIDA officials Aluva FIT would initiate the project. The project is slated to get completed within one year.
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SriLankan to offer wider choice for flyers from smaller cities

From late next year, passengers flying with SriLankan Airline from Kochi, Tiruchirapalli and Thiruvananthapuram will be able to connect to 850 international destinations in 150 countries.

This follows the announcement that SriLankan will join the Oneworld global airline alliance later next year. Currently, a flyer on Sri Lanka's national carrier can connect to 34 cities globally.

“The tie-up will expand the options available for Indian passengers to transit through Colombo airport and connect on SriLankan Airline and the Oneworld network,” the Airline Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kapila Chandrasena, said.

The Oneworld Alliance includes global airlines like British Airways, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and the Australian airline Qantas. It has a combined fleet of 2,500 aircraft operating 9,000 flights daily, generating annual revenue of over $100 billion.

Speaking to Business Line, Mr Chandrasena said that the airline was looking at Tier 2 cities in India to expand SriLankan's global route network. “We are mainly looking at South India and certainly enhancing flights to the metro cities,” he said.

Along with the low cost airline Mihin, SriLankan will look to destinations in South Asian countries, he said. “Currently, we are looking at Bangladesh and Nepal.”



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To be based at CIAL
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Work on airstrip likely to start in Bekal soon
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Work on an airstrip at Periye, expected to provide a much-needed impetus to tourism in Bekal, will start in three months, I.C. Mahesh, Managing Director of Bekal Resorts Development Corporation, said here on Tuesday.

The airstrip will provide easy access to the region for domestic and foreign tourists.

Cochin International Airport Ltd. (CIAL) has been entrusted with the task of carrying out a technical and economic feasibility study, Mr. Mahesh said.

V.J. Kurian, Managing Director, CIAL, will inspect the 32-hectare land at Periye. The district administration is expected to hand over 20 hectares of it soon, he told The Hindu.

The airstrip will facilitate the landing of small aircraft. The nearest airports were Mangalore (80 km by road) and Kozhikode (179 km).

Mr. Mahesh said the State government had been taking interest in implementing a seaplane project. Valiyaparamba and Kottapuram lakes had been identified to be developed as landing points.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar had evinced interest in the project.

The BRDC had recently urged Minister in-charge of Railways in Kerala Aryadan Mohammed to take steps to get the Kottikulam railway station upgraded and allow stops for more express trains at nearby stations.

By early next year, the number of five-star hotels in the region would go up by two to four.
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Kerala Airways plans get a push
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The assembly on Wednesday threw light on two major dream projects – the state’s own airlines and the gas pipeline project being implemented by Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).

While chief minister Oommen Chandy said that the first-phase of GAIL gas pipeline project would be commissioned by December, NORKA minister K.C. Joseph said the proposal for a state-owned airways would be mooted at the upcoming Emerging Kerala meet seeking prospective investors.

Replying to a calling attention motion, the chief minister said the issues over laying the pipeline through the Naval Armament Depot in Kochi were sorted out following talks initiated by defence minister A.K. Antony in Delhi the other day.

“Work on GAIL’s terminal is already complete and the 44-km pipeline would be ready soon as the decks are cleared.”

“The first phase of the project that provides gas to nine major companies could be commissioned by December. Land acquisition for the second-phase would be expedited and a special compensation package would be prepared,” Chandy said.

Meanwhile, Joseph informed the house that considering the demand from NRKs, the state government would be reviving the plans for an own airline. The previous UDF government had mooted the proposal, but it did not materialise.

The state’s own airlines would help address issues like airlines charging exorbitant fares, he said in reply to a submission.
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God's own country Kerala to get its fifth, fully private international airport

Funny to hear that 2 runways are going to be built for a new airport!
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In Kerala, they have their heads in the clouds and eyes on non-residents. A fifth international airport-and India's first wholly private one-is coming up in a state where no highway is more than half as wide as the National Highways Authority of India's standard minimum of 60 metres.

No other state in the country has as many international airports. Tiny Kerala, where narrow roads are the norm due to lack of land, clearly bets its future on its vast army of non-resident Keralites whose remittances account for 31% of the state's GDP.

Fittingly enough, the new airport is coming up at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district, where a toy plane flown into a crowd could well hit a non-resident Indian.

"It's going to be the most state-of-the-art airport in the state, with two runways and a taxiway," Gigi George, managing director of the Chennaibased KGS Group, the airport's promoter company, told ET.

George said the company has got every clearance in hand and 750 acres have been acquired for the project.

The Aranmula airport will be close to multiple tourism destinations such as Kumarakom, the backwaters of Alappuzha, and the high ranges of Kumily, the Thekkady tiger reserve, and most of all, the pilgrimage centre of Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Pathanamthitta district.
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Don't know how they are planning for 2 runways, when they couldn't acquire minimum land for starting an airport....

If they can do so, surely its a miracle, that can change the very name of Kerala. A state, that pioneered in PPP model, can pioneer for India's first fully private airport, which many private investor friendly states couldn't achieve.

I am not completely ruling this option out, as Reliance is a partner in this project.....
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