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Old October 3rd, 2007, 10:34 PM   #521
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Continental Airlines begins direct flight to Mumbai


Buoyant on Mumbai-US sector, Continental Airlines has received 25 per cent to 30 per cent more bookings and expects the trend to continue on its newly launched flights between Mumbai and New York as compared to its existing Delhi to New York service.

Senior Country Director-India of Continental Airlines, Mr Laurent Recoura, told newspersons on sidelines of a press conference, “Given the sheer expanse of this sector and demand in Mumbai, the bookings have been 25 per cent to 30 per cent more from Delhi-New York.” The airline launched its Delhi flight in 2005.

Air India already operates a daily non-stop flight to New York from Mumbai and Jet Airways is flying daily to Newark via Brussels.

The inaugural flight of Continental from Mumbai that commenced from October 2 will be a non-stop service and would initially operate four times a week, on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
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any news on the planned european air india hub in Munich?

Did they already make a decision?
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Old October 11th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #523
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Boeing Delivers Air India's First 777-300ER


The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Mumbai-based Air India today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane. This is the first 777-300ER from Air India's order of 68 Boeing jetliners placed in December 2005. Air India's 777-300ER has a three-class configuration, including four first-class, 35 executive class and 303 economy seats. In July 2007, Boeing and Air India celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 777, a 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner airplane. To date, Air India has received 14 airplanes from its December 2005 order, including three 777-200LRs (Longer Range) and one 777-300ER, and 10 737-800s for Air India Express.

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I need some information about DEL and BOM.

When will the moderisation project be completed?
How many terminals will each of them have when it's completed?
Total passenger capacity for each?

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Old October 12th, 2007, 08:09 PM   #525
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Try the Indian aviation thread in the India forums.
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Old October 12th, 2007, 10:01 PM   #526
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India now has the 9th biggest commercial aircraft fleet

India has jumped at least 5 places in this list in the past 18 months or so...

USA 6724
China 1131
UK 928
Germany 724
Japan 608
Canada 541
France 496
Spain 460
India 368
Italy 367
Australia 328
Brazil 312
Mexico 269
Netherlands 257
Turkey 225
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India's aviation boom gives cabin crew new wings

NEW DELHI, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Never mind the long hauls and the demanding passengers -- thousands of young Indians are enrolling at flight attendant schools for a sky-high career that promises generous pay and a glamorous lifestyle.

Most of the students -- from small towns and low-to-middle income families -- have never been inside an airplane or travelled outside India.

But they've been inspired by the breathtaking growth of India's aviation industry which has fuelled strong demand for staff, on the ground and in the sky.

"We heard this is a good career to get into. Our child will have a good future," said Lal Gurg, a grocery store owner who borrowed from friends and relatives to get his 21-year-old daughter, Anju, into a flight attendant training institute.

"She would be on her own, independent. She can even support us if the need be."

India's economy is booming as is the aviation industry, which officials estimate will attract investments worth $150 billion in the next 10 years. The travel market is also forecast to expand at more than 20 percent annually till 2010.

All of this has helped turn "cabin crew" into a desirable profession when 10 years ago, parents hoped their children would become doctors, engineers or civil servants.

FLYING HIGH

Air hostessing is also still seen as a glamorous job, where you can bump into celebrities, jet-set to exotic locations and attend fancy parties -- a lifestyle most wannabe attendants from modest backgrounds can only dream of.

Samire Walia of Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training says the modest academic qualifications required for the job, and its generous pay, has added to its appeal, especially among women who feel it empowers them in a male-dominated society.

"The reason why quite a few of the youngsters are coming in from the smaller cities and the smaller towns and even rural areas is because the basic minimum qualification required is low," Walia said. "The packages offered are very attractive."

With annual per capita income in India around $800 dollars, airline salaries offer young people from small rural towns a rare chance to join the middle class.

A flight attendant with no university degree pockets about 25,000 rupees ($640) a month, while a majority of graduates -- except those from top engineering and business schools -- would earn between 7,000 and 12,000 rupees.

But it's not all smooth flying for the thousands of hopefuls who join training institutes such as Frankfinn. Walia said many students lacked language and communication skills and had to be taught basics like etiquette and grooming.

But those who do make it through the programme, and get jobs, become instant stars among their peers.

"When you enter into the cabin with your trolley, everybody starts looking at you and you feel so nice," said Ranbir, a stewardess with a private airline who only gave her first name.

"So that way it is very glamorous. And when you are not on the job you can go to parties -- every day there are parties and you are going to meet so many famous people."
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Boeing, SpiceJet Celebrate Airline's First 737-900ER Delivery

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and New Delhi-based SpiceJet today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane. With this delivery, SpiceJet becomes the first India-based airline to operate the 737-900ER. SpiceJet originally announced its decision to purchase five 737-900ERs and five 737-800s at the 2006 Asian Aerospace Air Show in Singapore.




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Next year, SAS will expand its fleet of aircrafts with an additional Airbus A340, thereby making it possible to launch two new intercontinental routes. In autumn 2008, New Delhi in India and San Francisco in the US will be introduced to the traffic program. India is a market experiencing strong growth and demand for flight connections is increasing. SAS will initially offer four non-stop flights per week between Copenhagen and New Delhi from November 2008.

“We are continuing to focus on satisfying our customers’ needs for new destinations by offering time-efficient non-stop connections from Scandinavia. Both India and the US are countries that are attractive destinations for both business and leisure travelers. We will offer an attractive product with three classes onboard and a high level of flexibility,” says Lars Lindgren, Chief Executive Officer of Scandinavian Airlines International. San Francisco will also become a new SAS destination from autumn 2008 when the traffic program is expanded, initially with three non-stop connections per week between Copenhagen and San Francisco.

“SAS currently has a relatively large traffic program in the US, with direct flights from Copenhagen to New York, Chicago, Washington and Seattle. From Stockholm, we fly to New York and Chicago. Based on our partnership with United Airlines, we have been able to offer a wide range of additional destinations in the US. Due to considerable demand we are now experiencing for travel to California, it feels appropriate that we add our own route to San Francisco,” Lars Sandahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Scandinavian Airlines International.

The Airbus 340 to be used on the New Delhi and San Francisco flights has approximately 245 seats in three classes: Business Class, with Business Sleepers (chairs that recline to a bed), Economy Extra – an upgraded economy class with extra legroom and extra in-flight service, and Economy Class. “The launch of these two routes is part of Scandinavian Airlines International’s new expansion strategy, which this year has resulted in the launch of three new routes: from Stockholm to Bangkok and Beijing and from Copenhagen to Dubai,” says Lars Sandahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Scandinavian Airlines International.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 01:18 PM   #531
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Nok Air To Stop Flying To India's Bangalore From Nov 23 -CEO
14 November 2007

BANGKOK (Dow Jones)--Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air will suspend flights to the southern Indian city of Bangalore from Nov. 23 as high jet fuel costs are making the route unprofitable despite its high traffic, chief executive Patee Sarasin said Wednesday.

"We currently have great load factor at around 80%-90% (on the Bangkok-Bangalore route). However, the exceptionally high fuel cost makes it impossible for us to make profit by flying a small plane such a long distance," he told Dow Jones Newswires.

The airline is using Boeing 737-400 aircraft with 150 seats capacity to serve the route.

The budget carrier has no plan to return to the Indian market for at least a year.

Nok Air started flights to Bangalore, its first international route, in June.
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SpiceJet to break even by March 2008-official

NEW DELHI, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd (SPJT.BO: Quote, Profile, Research) hopes to break-even by March 2008, and eyes a fleet of 31 planes by 2011, senior executives said on Wednesday.

SpiceJet swung to a net profit in April-June quarter, but posted a net loss in the July-Sept quarter on account of the lean monsoon season. Executive Chairman Siddhant Sharma said the third quarter would be profitable, helped by festivals and holidays.

"We are on track to break even, but higher oil prices continue to be a cause of concern," Sharma told reporters after inducting a new plane into the firm's fleet.

Yields would rise by 200 to 300 rupees per seat at Spice in the October-December quarter, he said.

Sharma forecast airline fares rising by 5 to 7 percent across the industry, including Spice.

"If we have to serve passengers on a long-term basis, we should have a healthy airline industry. We cannot be making losses and still try to deliver best services," he said.

Spice plans to have 24 planes by April 2008, and targets 31 planes by 2011.

On Wednesday, it took its fleet to 18 planes, by adding a Boeing 737-900 extended range plane, which can seat 26 additional passengers and can be used on longer routes.

By September 2008, Spice will have 4 more of such planes. One will be added in December and another in February.

"We expect this will reduce operating costs by 5 to 7.5 percent," Ajay Singh, a senior company official, said.

Singh said long haul planes could be used to fly the Middle East and Far East routes, when Spice gets permission to fly abroad.

India permits airlines to fly overseas routes only after they have been operational for five years. Spice has been flying for more than two years now.
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Jet Airways To Buy 10 Boeing Planes In Few Months - Source
16 November 2007

NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)-- Jet Airways (India) Ltd. (532617.BY), the country's largest domestic carrier by market share, plans to convert an option to buy 10 Boeing Co. (BA) 737 model aircraft into a firm order in the next few months, a senior airline executive said Friday.

"I cannot specify a month, but it will be soon, in the next few months," the executive, who didn't wish to be named, told Dow Jones Newswires.

Jet Airways received the 10-plane option in October, when it placed an order for 20 Boeing 737-800 planes worth about $1.5 billion at list prices. They are scheduled for delivery between 2012 and 2014.

"The planes, which are under option, should be delivered by 2015," the executive said, adding that it is too early to decide on how the purchase will be funded.

A Jet Airways official earlier said in October that the airline needs new aircraft after 2012 to replace old planes.

Jet Airways, which has ordered 74 Boeing aircraft so far, also placed an order for 10 Airbus (5730.FR) A330-200 planes in April with an option to buy 10 more aircraft.
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Indian government steps in after flight delays ground hundreds

NEW DELHI, Nov 19, 2007 (AFP) - India's aviation ministry said Tuesday it would investigate delays in flights operated by state-run Air India after staffers were injured in a fight with angry passengers at the weekend.

Several hundred people were delayed at New Delhi's international airport as six Air India flights were delayed and paramilitary troops called in to control angry passengers, airline spokesman Jitendra Bhargava said.

Responding to the incidents, India's aviation ministry said it was "concerned" about the delays and would investigate.

"The minister has taken a serious view of it. The ministry is contemplating strong action and will fix responsibility," civil aviation ministry spokeswoman Maushumi Chakraborty said.

Air India blamed the passengers for the delay.

"Passengers of one delayed flight delayed others by preventing them access to check-in counters," Bhargava said, adding the airline would probe the delays.

The carrier has long been criticised for inefficiency and its ageing fleet.

Last year, Air India signed an agreement to buy 68 Boeing jets for around 11 billion dollars, marking the biggest deal in Indian aviation history.
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Indian firms ready fleets for logistics takeoff

NEW DELHI, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Indian logistics companies are acquiring cargo planes, and foreign players are trooping afield, as strong growth in Asia's third largest economy spurs demand for speedy movement of goods.

Transporters and couriers are trying to keep up with the robust pace of organised retail, growing at 25 percent annually, and manufacturing, which grew 9.7 percent in April-Sept from a year ago.

"India ... promises to rival the largest markets in the world before long," said Oliver Evans, chief cargo officer at Swiss International Air Lines, in a statement earlier this month.

From next week the airlines is going to add 18 tonnes to its 22 tonnes daily cargo capacity to-and-from India.

TAKING TO AIR

The country could have three dedicated cargo airlines by mid-2008, a study published by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) and industry body FICCI earlier this year, said.

Anticipating opportunities, companies are queueing up for the action.

Gati Ltd will lease five planes by March 2008 and is considering launching a cargo airline. Blue Dart Express Ltd has plans to invest 10 billion rupees by 2015 to expand its air and ground infrastructure and has said it could add planes.

Hyderabad-based Flyington Freighters ordered for six Airbus A330-200F planes in January and six more in June. The delivery is expected in 2009.

First Flight Couriers Ltd is in talks to lease two Boeing 737-300 cargo planes for its operations, deputy managing director Rajkumar Saboo said over the telephone.

"When there is growth, you want things to move faster and that is going to drive air freight services," Gati's Chief Executive Mahendra Agarwal, told Reuters earlier this month.

"Companies climb up the logistics value chain if they get planes themselves," Kapil Kaul, CAPA chief executive for the Indian subcontinent and Middle East.

Jet Airways Ltd , India's biggest private-sector airlines, plans to start a cargo carrier, and state-run Air India plans to convert six more of its passenger planes into freighters by mid-2008, adding to its current fleet of four.

" Air India plans to become a key player in domestic market by expanding operations to all the secondary cities of the country," said Chairman and Managing Director Vasudevan Thulasidas last week.

FOREIGN INTEREST

Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL] holds a 27 percent stake in First Flight Courier Ltd. Last year, foreign firms like FedEx spent $30 million to buy Prakash Air Freight Pvt Ltd, and DHL Express, an arm of Deutsche Post AG , bought 81 percent in Blue Dart.

And there are yet no signs of their interest waning.

"We're looking for opportunities," Rajesh Subramaniam, FedEx's senior vice president for international marketing, said in October, when asked if he was looking for more deals.

But India needed to beef up its infrastructure if the sector had to grow at its full potential, cautioned CAPA's Kaul.

"For any economy to do well, cargo and logistics is the crucial sector ... once we develop our infrastructure, we will see 20 percent plus growth."
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China directly, at doorstep
- Thrice-a-week, non-stop flights from October 29

SANJAY MANDAL

Calcutta will have its first direct flight to China later this month.

China Eastern Airlines will launch its non-stop service between Calcutta and Kunming, capital of Yunan province, in the southwestern part of China, on October 29, airline sources said on Tuesday. The airline now operates three weekly flights from Delhi on the Delhi-Shanghai-Canton route.

Sources said the airline will operate three flights between Calcutta and Kunming every week. The flight will arrive in Calcutta on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and take off from here on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The first flight from Kunming is scheduled to touch down at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on October 29, at 11.40pm. It will leave Calcutta the next day at 12.30am, reaching Kunming at 5.10am (local time).

A return ticket on the route will cost around Rs 9,500, inclusive of taxes.

It takes about three hours’ non-stop flying from Calcutta to reach Kunming, from where China Eastern Airlines has connecting flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and other major Chinese cities.

“The Calcutta-Kunming service opens an opportunity for the people of Calcutta and the Northeast to travel to various parts of China,” said an airline official.

“Once the direct flight is introduced, the number of travellers to China from this part of India will increase sharply. On an average, 300 passengers from Calcutta now visit various Chinese cities every week,” said Anil Punjabi, the chairman (east) of the Travel Agents Federation of India.

The travellers now have two options: either catch a China-bound flight from Delhi, or go to Singapore or Bangkok and board a connecting flight to China from there.

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Jet Airways may expand its wings in Europe. The government has permitted the airline to fly to Barcelona, Paris, Manchester and Vienna under a code-share agreement with Brussels Airlines.

“We have granted permission to Jet Airways to code-share with Brussels Airlines on various routes such as Barcelona and Manchester with immediate effect. Their request to code-share with American Airlines is, currently, being looked at,” an official in the ministry of civil aviation told ET. According to experts, the move would usher in tough competition between public sector Air India and Jet Airways in the sector.

With Air India joining Star Alliance next month for getting wider global connectivity, the war between the national carrier and Jet Airways is likely to hot up in Europe.

Jet Airways had recently been designated traffic rights for Birmingham, Madrid and Geneva. While Air India operates to Birmingham and Paris, other routes are still untapped. The public sector carrier flies on these routes on its own, unlike Jet Airways which operates on code-share basis.

“As we would be inducted into Star Alliance next month, we would be serving almost all the points across the world, particularly Europe. But in the meantime we are planning to connect Vienna shortly,” an Air India official said.

The move to join Star Alliance would help Air India reduce operating cost by partnering with member airlines on various fronts such as marketing and spare parts sourcing. This would also offer more options to passengers in terms of choosing the connecting flight and fares. The members of Star Alliance include Lufthansa, US Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Air Canada among others. The members of the alliance together fly to 855 destinations in 155 countries.

While Jet Airways has shifted its focus on international routes, Air India is also on expansion mode. The airline plans to add more international destinations with the introduction of more and more aircraft. The company has ordered 68 aircraft valued at $11 billion delivery of which has already started.

In a move to strengthen its international operation, Jet Airways has set up its hub in Brussels. The company is operating flights to New York, Toronto and London via its European hub.
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Sir Richard Branson wants to enter India's domestic aviation sector

Maverick British tycoon who beat BA, with his low-fare Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson, chairman, Virgin Group today said that his airline would love the right to enter India''''s domestic aviation market, "but the market is currently protected".

Virgin operates a single daily flight to London from India, but if the market was opened up, "you will find Virgin competing alongside local carriers," he said.

Sir Richard, currently in New Delhi to mark the first anniversary of Virgin Radio''''s tie-up with HT Media Ltd for a radio channel, also told the media that he had found an Indian telecom partner, but tantalisingly withheld disclosing its identity, saying, "I will reveal all in two months'''' time."

Branson, who made his early fortune through a music retailing venture, Virgin Records, and then took on British Airways'''' monopoly with Virgin Atlantic, said he has been waiting for India to relax its aviation policy that currently restricted foreign airlines from investing in the domestic air transport sector.

Kapil Kaul, chief executive, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, said, India''''s middle class population of 300 million made the country a huge market for domestic airlines and that. foreign airlines had been looking to enter India for the past 10 years."
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Ground reality at airports

Indian passengers may now have an unprecedented choice of flights at all price levels, but this growth in traffic has only put them at a greater risk than ever before. Airports, built decades ago, designed to handle a lower traffic of flights daily are now witnessing movement of a much larger number of aircraft and support vehicles of airlines. A space crunch, coupled with ill-trained drivers and people working in apron area, has led to a sharp rise in tarmac-side mishaps.

This problem could get much worse in coming foggy days at airports of north India, due to poor visibility on the airside. "The basic issue is that there are far too many vehicles and people on airside. Essentially, tarmac management has two aspects — movement of vehicles, and aircraft in operational areas. Indian airports don't have dedicated aircraft and vehicle movement areas, and thanks to the overlap, there are frequent mishaps involving the two," said a national airline official.

Only some airlines, like the state-owned ones, have trained drivers as permanent employees who spend a lifetime driving in airports. On the other hand, most other carriers have such a high turnover of drivers that retaining trained ones is very difficult.
As a result, high speed driving — when speed limit is 15 kmph — by poorly trained drivers in vehicles, yet to be equipped with speed governors, has become a big problem. Last year, a speeding Sahara bus hit an Indian Airlines bus carrying Kingfisher passengers and eight people were injured. This problem takes a grave turn whenever speeding vehicles kill people, as has happened recently in Delhi twice.

Apart from vehicles, the presence of a large number of people associated with different agencies like airlines, security and airport has aggravated the problem of congestion in airside. "Last month, my aircraft was taxiing for take off when I saw one or two persons running across the taxiway. I had to screech to a halt and reported the matter to the airport. This problem is very common in Delhi and little less in Mumbai. It is mandatory, but not everyone working on airside wears a fluorescent jacket," said a pilot with a private airline.

Design flaws in old airports are now becoming glaring. For instance, the 1A terminal used by Kingfisher and Indian Airlines (now Air India) is very close to the operational area. Aircraft heading from domestic airport side to main runway from Jumbo Point side have to be very careful in piloting this course.

"Earlier, with less traffic, the 'dhaba on highway' kind of runway-terminal design was okay. Now handling more aircraft and simultaneous movement of more vehicles in such a limited space is becoming a recipe for disaster," said an airline official.

The space crunch and overall indiscipline in airside is proving to be dangerous for anyone required to be there, like passengers, and an expensive affair for airlines. "Each time that baggage trolleys break free from tractors, or step ladders or vehicles hit planes, they have to be grounded for varying periods and necessitate repairs costing crores," said an official.

For instance, the Air Deccan ATR that was hit by a Jet vehicle at Chennai on Monday will not fly for at least six months, said Deccan spokeswoman Vijaya Menon. While new airports will get ready only in coming years, authorities have to ensure a safe airside till that happens.

Speaking about new rules at IGI that also apply to other crowded airports, aviation minister Praful Patel told Parliament on Thursday: "All vehicles on airside have to be equipped with speed limitation devices. The number of vehicles there has to be a bare minimum. Two wheelers and pedestrian movement on airside is banned. People working there must wear safety jackets."
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Trials at Bangalore’s new airport to start next month
29 November 2007
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BANGALORE: With the construction of the Bangalore International Airport in its last leg, the airport's management team announced that trials and tests of the various systems would begin by the end of this year.

"As most of the work is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, we expect to begin with basic trials in December. More advanced and integrated trials follow in January," said Marcel Hungerbuehler, chief operating officer, Bangalore International Airport (BIAL).

The new airport, according to him, is geared to handle 30 movements (take-offs & landings included) per hour. An estimated 10.5 million passengers would use this airport in the first year of operation.

Talking about the mode of connectivity to the new airport, Mr Hun-gerbuehler said the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) plans to run about 40 Volvo buses from the city to the airport and people could board these buses from six different points in the city.

Also, a bus from BIAL would depart for the city at 10-minute in-tervals. According to him, BIAL would make separate arrangements to ferry employees to the airport.

On the possibility of setting up a remote baggage check-in facility within the city, he said, such a system will have to be integrated with a mass rapid transit system (MRTS). "My personal opinion is that for the long-term, Bangalore needs a dedicated MRTS between the city-centre and the airport site," he said. BIAL also announced a tie-up with SITA for the introduction of an automated baggage reconciliation system for the new airport.

Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is to go ahead with its plans to upgrade the existing three-lane highway (NH7) to a four-lane highway. BIAL maintains the addition of a lane to the existing setup would not disturb construction work on the upcoming trumpet interchange.

BIAL, in a statement, mentioned that the design of the Trumpet Interchange has been finalised in co-ordination with the NHAI to accommodate the future expansion of NH7 into an eight-lane highway.
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