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Old July 27th, 2006, 04:45 PM   #401
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Heres an update on the upgradation of the IGI Airport, New Delhi

IGI Airport: Upgrade to Heathrow, Incheon

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IN a bid to meet global standards, the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) — the GMR Group-led consortium involved in IGI Airport’s modernisation project — plans to build an integrated passenger terminal the size of Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The idea is to replicate the world-class facilities available at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport.

Heathrow’s Terminal 5, set to open in 2011, is projected to handle 30 million passengers annually. The Delhi Airport, which sees about 16.2 million passengers at present, is expected to handle the same number.

‘‘Incheon Airport has been rated as one of the best airports in the world with a 4.1 service standard rating on a scale of five. Delhi Airport has a rating of 2.7 at the moment, and our commitment is to improve it to 3.5,’’ said DIAL’s managing director Srinivas Bommidala. He added: ‘‘We plan to have golf courses, shopping malls, health clubs and food joints.’’

DIAL also plans to develop a 50-acre green belt at the airport and increase the number of aerobridges from 6 to 30 by 2010. Officials are confident about completing the work in time for the Commonwealth Games. ‘‘Our internal deadline is December 2009,’’ said G M Rao, GMR chairman.
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GMR for separate no-frills carrier terminals

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With the low-cost carriers having cornered close to 40 per cent of the civil aviation market in the country, airport planners are seriously considering providing separate terminals for these "no-frills" players whose business depends on faster turnarounds.

The Delhi Airport, in fact, could well become the first airport in the country to have dedicated terminals for carriers such as Air Deccan, SpiceJet and Go Air.

Speaking to Business Standard, G M Rao, chairman of the GMR Group - which is executing the airport modernisation project in Delhi - said that the existing terminals at the airport here will not be dismantled.

According to Rao, the existing terminals will be modernised even as the new terminal is being built. "We are thinking of reserving the existing terminals for use by the low-cost carriers," said Rao.

The new terminal will be an integrated one with international and domestic sections being housed under the same roof.

"The new terminal will have stainless steel roofing from end to end. The terminal will be a steel and glass structure like the best international airports of the day," Rao added.

Asked whether the new terminal will be ready by the time the Commonwealth Games Review Committee arrives to inspect the facility in 2009 (a year ahead of the Games), Rao said that by then 95 per cent of the work would be completed.

"Our targeted completion is for March 2010 and we expect to complete the terminal before time." The holding capacity of the airport is expected to increase from the present 16.2 million passengers per year to around 30 million passengers by then.

The concessionaire for the modernisation project also plans to open a shopping mall inside the airport complex. The mall will most probably be open to people other than air travellers as it will be located before the terminal and will be accessible to the residents of the city as well, Rao added.
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Old July 30th, 2006, 02:32 AM   #402
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India's Jet hit by Q1 loss

MUMBAI, July 29, 2006 (AFP) - India's largest private airline Jet Airways announced Saturday it had swung to a first-quarter net loss, hit by cut-throat competition from low-cost rivals, high fuel prices and salary costs.

The carrier posted a net loss of 440 million rupees (nine million dollars) for the three months ended June 30 compared with a net profit of 950 million rupees a year earlier.

Total sales rose 24.7 percent to 16.78 billion rupees.

Jet, which has been locked in a fierce battle with low-cost carriers for passengers, said financial performance was hit by such factors as "continued yield pressure" and higher fuel costs.

The airline, which has just over a 30 percent market share, said domestic passenger yield or average revenue per passenger in the first quarter was nine percent lower compared with last year.

It added that the near-term outlook remained difficult despite the continuing growth of domestic and international traffic.

"Jet in recent quarters has faced the pressures of growing competition from low-cost carriers like Air Deccan, Spice Jet and airlines like Kingfisher," said Alok Dalal, an aviation analyst at equity research firm IndiaInfoline.

"Jet has also been hit by rising fuel prices," he said.

Jet shares closed Friday up 1.28 percent at 513.5 rupees but have fallen 95 rupees or 15 percent in the past month.

In June, Jet's deal to acquire smaller domestic rival Air Sahara for 500 million dollars collapsed amid a row over the price.

The deal would have been the biggest in Indian aviation history and would have given the merged airlines control of about half of the surging Indian market, which has grown on the back of a booming economy and lower fares.

The number of domestic passengers is tipped to increase from some 25 million a year to about 50 to 60 million by 2010.

However, Jet's market share has slumped to 31 percent from 44 percent over the past 15 months as low-cost rivals have stolen passengers, analysts say.

Consolidation is expected in the Indian airline industry amid a host of new carriers which have taken to the skies.

Jet, founded by London-based former travel agent Naresh Goyal, will refocus on international operations, considered a more lucrative segment, analyst Dalal said.

Jet runs around 320 scheduled flights daily to 48 places in India and London and other destinations abroad.
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wow a new airport terminal! thats great news!
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Old July 31st, 2006, 06:07 PM   #404
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IndiGo ready to take off

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A new budget airline in India on Monday announced its first plane would take to the skies on August. 4, cashing in on the country's aviation boom.
IndiGo is to offer low-cost air travel, focusing on such routes that have been ignored by existing budget carriers, said Bruce Ashby, President and Chief Executive of the new airline.

low-cost airlines coupled with rising middle class incomes has led to a surge in air travel in India. While domestic passenger traffic is growing 25 per cent annually, the pace is faster in smaller cities.

Indigo's maiden service will begin on August 4 with a flight from New Delhi to Guwahati, the main city in India's northeast, that will fly further to the frontier town of Imphal.

One-way fares between New Delhi to Guwahati - covering a distance of about 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) - start from 2,549 rupees ($55). By 2010, the airline aims to operate between 30 Indian cities with 40 Airbus A320s.
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Delhi, Mumbai airports update gets into groove

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The clock for Delhi and Mumbai to become world-class airports starts ticking off from midnight Wednesday when the management of the two metro airports shifts to the joint venture company set up to run them.

While a new company Delhi International Airport Ltd — in which GMR has a majority stake — has taken up the modernisation of Delhi airport, Mumbai International Airport Ltd — in which GVK has a majority stake — will modernise Mumbai airport. The Airports Authority of India has a 26 per cent minority stake in both the companies. "From midnight of Wednesday, the 90-day handholding or the joint management of the two airports will cease and they will pass into the hands of the two new companies set up to manage them," official sources told Business Line.

In Delhi, the joint venture company would have to ensure that the airport meets quality standards including being ISO-9000 compliant by June next year, apart from ensuring that the mandated capital expenditure and the stipulated service standards are met.

The functions of Air Traffic Control, security, health, customs, immigration and quarantine at the two airports will, however, stay in the hands of the Government even after the transfer.
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Old August 7th, 2006, 04:20 AM   #406
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New Indian airline boss upbeat as rivals lose financial altitude

NEW DELHI, Aug 6, 2006 (AFP) - Bruce Ashby is an optimist, he has to be.

The 45-year-old American has just launched a low-cost airline in India where most rivals are losing money, hit by cut-throat competition that has driven down fares in many cases to the price of train travel.

"Too many airplanes, no way!" says Ashby, chief executive officer of IndiGo, the sixth carrier to take flight in the past three years in India's liberalised skies once dominated by state-run companies.

"Personal incomes in India are rising, there's plenty of demand when fares are low, the market is far from mature," says Ashby, previously an executive vice-president at US Airways.

In addition to IndiGo's launch last Friday, at least two more carriers are readying for takeoff to take advantage of the burgeoning passenger market in the country of over one billion people.

The market is forecast to grow by 30 to 35 percent this year after expanding by 25 percent last year. Some 25 million people flew last year, 15 million for the first time, experts say.

But the balance sheets of many carriers are covered in red ink as competition forces fares to rockbottom levels.

Last month, for instance, the largest domestic carrier Jet Airways swung to a bigger-than-expected first-quarter net loss of 440 million rupees (nine million dollars) from a profit of 950 million rupees as price-cutting hit passenger yields.

While analysts say a shakeout looms, Ashby says he believes there is room for "multiple carriers," especially low cost ones.

He says the sector is still overcoming infrastructure problems such as congested runways and too few parking bays that force planes to circle, burning costly fuel.

"There's nothing wrong with infrastructure that can't be fixed with a little money, and the government is addressing the problem," he says. "But even with the current infrastructure every plane is full."

For decades, India's middle class depended on the railway, despite the bone-jolting length of most trips. But cheap fares and higher incomes as the economy booms are shifting passengers from trains to planes.

Ashby is giving IndiGo, which plans fares up to 60 percent below those of full-service carriers, 18 months to two years to make a profit.

The newcomer, which stunned aviation watchers last year by announcing it would buy 100 Airbus worth six billion dollars in coming years, aims to be "consistently affordable" with fares averaging 3,000 rupees, he says.

Ashby, who lived for a year in New Delhi planning IndiGo's launch, points to passenger growth rates of carriers globally to back up his assertion that airlines, especially budget ones, in India have a bright future.

In 2005, the passenger load of discount carrier Air Asia, serving the Asia-Pacific area, grew by 55.5 percent.

Europe's easyJet rose 21.4 percent and Ryanair expanded 25.6 percent. In North America JetBlue posted 25.1 percent growth, AirTran logged 26.1 percent and Southwest grew nine percent.

Most were in profit.

"Once people people realise they can go to see family and go to weddings and it's affordable, you will see this enormous potential take off," he says.

Also, with just 19 discount planes flying India's skies, there is room for many more, says Ashby, who has an MA in applied mathematics from California's Stanford University and whose specialty is passenger yield management.

One example, he cites, is US airline Southwest which has "no food, is always affordable -- people love it. It has 453 planes and it keeps on growing."

In the last few years, India's carriers have emerged as the aviation industry's hottest clients, finalising huge purchases for Boeing and Airbus planes.

The two main stakeholders in IndiGo are Rahul Bhatia, managing head of Indian travel firm InterGlobe Enterprises, and Rakesh Gangwal, ex-president of US Airways.

Ashby says when his former boss, Gangwal, offered him the chance to run IndiGo he knew "I would hate myself forever if I didn't take the rare opportunity to become CEO in India of a start-up airline.

"It was so darn intriguing," he says.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 02:52 AM   #407
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Good numbers posted by the aviation sector again.

Domestic air traffic up by 46.5 pc in May

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The number of passengers travelling by air within the country grew by 46.5 per cent during May this year as compared to the same period in the previous year.

The latest data complied by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) shows that domestic airlines transported 5.85 million passengers (4 million).

No-frill airlines

The high growth is mainly attributed to the "contribution of the new traffic generated by the no-frill airlines", AAI said. Among the airports that reported a substantial increase in the number of domestic passengers include Thiruvananthapuram that recorded a growth of 87.3 per cent, Hyderabad (71.2 per cent), Bangalore (67 per cent), Coimbatore (64.8 per cent) and Chennai (57.1 per cent).

The international passenger traffic handled by the airports during May this year registered a growth of 15.7 per cent at 1.99 million passengers (1.72 million).

International traffic

The increase in international passenger traffic has been mainly attributed to not only to the availability of low international airfare , but also better international linkages of Indian traffic with world traffic.

In percentage terms, the airports that saw an increase in international passenger traffic during May this year as compared to the same period in the previous year include Bangalore (52.5 per cent), Coimbatore (41.5 per cent) and Cochin International Airport Ltd (30.7 per cent).
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Meanwhile, the Delhi International Airport Company has predicted that its airport will add around 12 million more passengers in the next four years. That means an average of 3 million new flyers every year!

here is the logo of the new Mumbai International Airport.




Also, it seems that Jet Airways is still interested in Sahara.

Jet may sweeten Sahara offer

Jet Airways may increase the compensation offer to Rs 300 crore (Rs 3 billion) to reach an out-of-the-court settlement with Air Sahara.

Sources close to the development confirmed the Jet move to up the compensation amount which was offered at around Rs 200 crore (Rs 2 billion) last week.


Rs. 3 Billion is ~~ USD 65.2 million.
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Boeing bets on freight boom in India

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Having done an estimated business of $18 billion and received orders for as many as 150 planes — either outright sale or lease — in just two years, Boeing is expecting more orders from India in the coming years.

This past week, Boeing received an order of 10 new planes worth $700 million from the private Indian carrier Spice Jet. Dinesh Keskar, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told The Indian Express that the company is expecting another ‘‘big’’ order from another private Indian carrier within a fortnight.

And with the fast-expanding Indian aviation sector market, Boeing is now expecting the next phase of bulk orders for planes from freight carriers. ‘‘India has emerged as a big player for us,’’ Keskar said. In 2005, 10 per cent of the total Boeing’s business was from India.

The largest of the order received by Boeing is from the national Indian carrier — Air India — which ordered for as many as 68 planes last December. Among other major bulk orders include 20 each from Jet Airways and Spice Jet, including 10 it received last week, and 3 from Indian Air Force.

‘‘You will have to wait for two more weeks to disclose one more order,’’ Keshkar said. It will be 737 planes, he added, without divulging the name of the airline.

In addition to this Boeing has leased a large number of new aircraft to various airlines in India, he said. ‘‘In all it comes to about 150 aircraft and in terms of dollars it will be pushing close to $18 billion,’’ Keshkar said.

As part of the AI deal, Boeing will create a maintenance and training facility in India, as well as a pilot training centre. ‘‘More importantly, we have committed to buy back goods and services worth $1.7 billion from India. One of the biggest things is to start discharging our business obligation,’’ he said.

Under this Boeing is looking at buying parts for its aircrafts like doors, various machine parts, IT sector and engineering services. Keskar said Boeing was working with Indian companies like Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services.
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Boeing says 'low fare madness' threatens Indian airlines

NEW DELHI, Sept 3, 2006 (AFP) - An overcapacity of airline seats in Indian skies is leading to "low-fare madness" that threatens the viability of the sector, a senior official of US aerospace giant Boeing said.

"The losses in the Indian aviation industry are a cause for concern," said Dinesh Keskar, Boeing's senior vice president of sales.

"Today the pricing in the Indian market because of overcapacity has become so low that it is not allowing airlines to break even," he told AFP in a telephone interview late last week.

"This kind of low-fare madness cannot go on forever," Keskar said.

India is a key market for the Seattle-based company which has predicted the country's state-run and private carriers will buy 856 airplanes worth 72.6 billion dollars between now and 2026.

Keskar's comments came after he finalised a deal Tuesday in Mumbai to build a 100-million-dollar maintenance and repair centre in western India as part of a commitment Boeing made earlier this year when it signed a record contract to supply state-run Air India with 68 jets for nearly 11 billion dollars.

"Right now there's overcapacity -- you have too many airlines trying to scramble for the same passenger," Keskar said.

Half a dozen carriers have taken flight in the past three years in India's liberalised skies once dominated by state-run companies, and at least two more airlines are readying for takeoff. Airline promoters have been lured by an increasingly affluent middle class in the country of over one billion people.

The passenger market is forecast to grow by 30 to 35 percent this year after expanding by 25 percent last year. Some 25 million people flew last year, 15 million for the first time, experts say, and the number is tipped to grow to about 50 million to 60 million by 2010 as salaries increase.

But the balance sheets of many airlines are covered in red ink as cut-throat competition has forced down fares in many cases to the price of train travel and sometimes even lower.

"You've got airlines offering two-dollar fares," Keskar said.

"It's absolutely unreal. People will realise that you cannot sustain an airline with these kind of fares."

In July, for instance, the largest domestic carrier Jet Airways swung to a surprise first-quarter net loss of 440 million rupees (nine million dollars) from a profit of 950 million rupees as price-cutting hit passenger yields.

During the first financial quarter to June, the number of airline seats available daily jumped 48 percent over the same period a year earlier.

The carriers' woes have been exacerbated by congestion causing costly delays at India's dilapidated airports as well as high global fuel prices.

Keskar forecasts that in the next 12 months India's aviation industry will consolidate through mergers and takeovers "or the fare structure will have to move up."

"Market forces will bring the fares back to reality," he said.
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Old September 12th, 2006, 06:46 PM   #410
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Quick heads up. SSC forumer Magestom visited the Bangalore International Airport construction site and has plenty of great pictures. Do check them out.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...=389994&page=1

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India's biggest no-frills airline flies into 74-million-dollar loss

NEW DELHI, Sept 23, 2006 (AFP) - India's biggest low-cost airline Air Deccan announced a 74-million-dollar loss for the 15-month period ended in June, hit by costs of new routes and cut-throat competition, but forecast Saturday it would be profit-making by 2008-09.

The country's pioneer no-frills carrier, launched in August 2003, blamed the lion's share of its loss on efforts to build market share through launching 56 new routes that it said would lead to future profits.

"These are growing pain losses," Air Deccan financial director Mohan Kumar told AFP, adding that the airline planned to raise 100 million dollars from a consortium of banks to fund further expansion over the next 15 months.

"We expect by 2008-09 to be in profit" despite "fierce competition" from a slew of new entrants in the market, Kumar said.

Air Deccan reported a net loss of 3.40 billion rupees (74.06 million dollars) for the 15 months to June on turnover which it said jumped 322 percent to 13.52 billion rupees. It gave no comparative figures for that period.

Air Deccan posted a loss of 2.30 billion rupees for the 12 months to June, up from 190.5 million rupees in the previous 12 months, it said.

With a fleet of 34 aircraft, Air Deccan leapfrogged state-owned domestic carrier Indian Airlines in June to become the country's second-largest carrier behind privately owned Jet Airways.

"This strong market share is of strategic advantage as it will be the springboard for our future expansion, growth and profitability," airline managing director G.R. Gopnath said in a statement.

Half a dozen carriers, many of them budget airlines, have taken flight in the past three years in India's liberalised skies once dominated by state-run companies, and at least two more airlines are readying for takeoff.

Airline promoters have been lured by an increasingly affluent middle class in the country of over one billion people.

The passenger market is forecast to grow by 30 to 35 percent this year after expanding by 25 percent last year. Some 25 million people flew last year, 15 million for the first time, experts say, and the number is tipped to grow to about 50 million to 60 million by 2010 as salaries increase.

But the balance sheets of many airlines are covered in red ink as stiff competition has forced down fares in many cases to the price of train travel and sometimes even lower.

Air Deccan's loss, which it also blamed on higher fuel costs, came weeks after a senior official of US aerospace giant Boeing said airline seat overcapacity was leading to "low-fare madness" that threatened the sector's viability.

Analysts have forecast in the next 12 months India's aviation industry will have to consolidate through mergers and takeovers.

Kumar said he expected carriers would be able to start charging higher fares by 2008-09 as passenger numbers catch up with seat capacity.

"We feel the market will have matured enough so that the existing operators would be able to charge rationally," he said.

"The market is moving in a trend where you're likely to see the explosion in (passenger) numbers that you've seen in the automobile or mobile phone industry (in India)," he said.
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plenty more where they came from.
Fantastic...Is this the biggest Airport in South Asia once completed? Whats the capacity and the Floor Area..This is massive like the Bangkok Airport.
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NCB, I think when all the phases of the Delhi Airport are completed, it will probably be the biggest. Lots of good things ahead for Indian aviation infra, thats for sure.

meanwhile, Air India starts flying to Suvarnabhumi.

Air India to start flights from Suvarnabhumi airport

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'AI348, operating on the Delhi-Bangkok-Shanghai route will be the first AI flight to take-off for Shanghai on Sep 28 from this airport which covers a total area of 563,000 square metres,' the statement said.

The 731 million-Baht Suvarnabhumi airport is five times bigger than the existing Don Muang Bangkok International Airport.
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DIAL submits master plan for Delhi airport revamp

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The Delhi International Airport Ltd (Dial) submitted its master plan for modernisation of the capital’s airport to the ministry of civil aviation and Airports Authority of India on Wednesday.

The new U-shaped terminal will have four runways - two on both sides of the terminal. A Delhi Metro rail line will run parallel to the runways and will join the building almost at its centre.

The approach through road will become six laned from the present three laned, highly placed sources told FE. According to the plan, a F9 runway (which can cater to the large sized A380 aircraft) would be completed by March 2008 complementing the two existing runways.

The domestic and international traffic will be catered by each half of four-storeyed new terminal building. The approach to the airport will by both metro and road. The new airport will also have more hangers. The number of parking lots for aircraft will be almost doubled. The terminal will have multiple entry points as compared to single entry currently.

By 2006-07, the airport expects a turnover of 20 million passengers which will increase to about 28 million passengers by 2010.

The airport in its first phase (to be completed by 2010) will be capable of handling more than 35 million passengers per year. In its final phase to be completed by 2035, the airport will be able to handle 80 million passengers per year.
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The updated Renderings of the Mumbai International Airport are out.












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Looks fantastic! I dig the peacock inspired design
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India plane makes emergency landing after hitting bird: report

NEW DELHI, Oct 15, 2006 (AFP) - A plane with 60 passengers on board made an emergency landing in India's western desert state of Rajasthan after hitting a a bird shortly after take-off, a report said Sunday.

The aircraft operated by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of state-run domestic carrier Indian Airlines, was on its way to New Delhi via Jodhpur from the western commercial hub of Mumbai, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

The pilot decided on an emergency landing after a vulture hit the turbine of the plane, the report quoted unidentified officials as saying.

The Boeing 737 landed safely at Jodhpur despite the technical problems caused by the bird hit, it added.
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Once it's completed it will be one of the popular airport in the world. I hope they will follow the design...4 years from now and it will be a spanking terminal
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300 Air India passengers in uproar after 5-day ordeal

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New York to New Delhi in five days. That is how long it took passengers on an Air India jumbo jet to reach their destination, a journey that should normally take, with a stopover in London, less than 20 hours.

But what particularly infuriated the 300-plus passengers on board was not just the delay but what they described as the airline’s total failure to "take proper care" of them in the three days that they were stuck at London’s Heathrow Airport. Some of them complained that they had to spend the first night on the airport lawns as no accommodation was provided, while the hotel they were provided the second night turned out to be "substandard".

The Boeing 747-400 which had left New York on Wednesday, October 11, landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at around noon on Sunday with over 300 passengers. A large number of relatives were present at IGI to receive them. The passengers, who complained that they had undergone an unbelievable ordeal for the past three days in London, vent their ire at Air India officials who they said did not do anything to help them.

A majority of them said they had spent a night at the airport and then two days in a substandard hotel. The Boeing 747-400, with 434 passengers on board, returned to Heathrow within 20 minutes of taking off on Thursday night following a bird-hit. Ninety-six passengers were flown by a relief aircraft on Saturday to New Delhi via Ahmedabad, while the others returned on Sunday after the Boeing’s damaged engine was replaced.

The passengers said their ordeal at Heathrow was "a lifetime’s experience." There were no Air India officials on hand to look after them, and a large number had to spend the night of October 12 on the lawns of the airport.

Kanta Supti, a nurse in London, said the airline’s officials were not to be seen during the "entire terrible night. Only the next morning we were taken to a hotel. "Some Air India people came and took us to a hotel, which was a substandard one. The food was so bad that I could not eat it," she said.

"I will make a claim for compensation. This is not the service I had expected," Ms Supti said.

The passengers were unhappy as nobody from Air India had apologised for the problems they had faced. "Even after so much ill-treatment, nobody from Air India came and apologised. I will definitely make a complaint to the authorities," said Ajeet Singh, whose wife and son came by the flight.
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India to set up aviation regulator - minister

NEW DELHI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The Indian government plans to set up a regulator to govern the booming civil aviation sector, a minister said on Monday.

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told reporters the proposal to set up the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority has been put up to a high-powered ministerial panel.

"It will thrash out different issues," Patel said after a meeting of the cabinet.
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