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Old December 18th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #221
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RGIA sees blue skies amid global gloom
By Hamisah Hamid Published: 2008/12/17 BusinessTimes

The operator of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, co-owned by Malaysia Airports, will produce a blueprint by March for expansion to meet increasing demand for passenger and cargo flights

THE Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad, India, co-owned by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), is confident of reaching its annual target of 12 to 15 per cent passenger growth despite the current global economic downturn.

RGIA chief commercial officer A.Viswanath said the airport operator expects two new international airlines to start flying from RGIA per year and existing airlines to increase their flight frequency.

There have been 11 domestic airlines and 13 international airlines operating at the airport within six months of its opening on March 23 this year.

"There will be 15 international airlines by year-end.

"We have improved the standard of services in a short time, compared with most greenfield airports that take longer time to improve," Viswanath said in an interview with Business Times during the 14th World Route Development Forum (Routes 2008) in Kuala Lumpur.

Viswanath said RGIA is trying to get airlines such as Air India, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Cathay Pacific to fly from Hyderabad to California or Los Angeles via any Southeast Asian capitals.

The airlines are expected to start flying within the route in the next one year.

"Our marketing team has done analyses on passenger traffic from Hyderabad to Los Angeles and California as well as future traffic.

"We also met with information technology, pharmaceuticals, software and electronic companies," he said, adding that the team found large traffic flows between Hyderabad and the US cities.

The US$550 million (RM1.95 billion) RGIA is developed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) - a consortium led by GMR Infrastructure Ltd with 63 per cent stake, Airports Authority of India (13 per cent), the government of Andhra Pradesh (13 per cent) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (11 per cent).

Viswanath said the airport operator will produce a blueprint for expansion to meet increasing demand for passenger and cargo flights.

The blueprint is expected to be ready by March next year.

One of the proposed plans is a separate terminal for Muslim pilgrims, which numbered more than 7,000 during the Haj season.

"On the cargo front, we are creating a perishable unit due to increasing demand," he said.

The volume of international cargo rose 40 per cent in the first six months while growth was flat for domestic cargo.



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Old December 20th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #222
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INDIA. In a welcome boost to its international traffic profile, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad yesterday hosted the first flight from the UK’s largest scheduled airline, British Airways.
The new route provides a direct flight from Hyderabad to London Heathrow Terminal 5 in the UK and offers connections to 22 destinations in North America. British Airways will operate five weekly non-stop flights between Hyderabad and London – the only airline to offer direct flights between the two cities.


The first British Airways jet to land at Rajiv Gandhi International receives a traditional water cannon salute

British Airways Area Commercial Manager for South Asia Amanda Amos said: “We are very excited about the launch of our Hyderabad service. India is an incredibly important market for the airline and the start of this service demonstrates our commitment to this market.”

The inaugural British Airways flight, which landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 4:40a.m. on 7 December, received a traditional water cannon salute from the fire-fighting ‘Panthers’ at the rapid exit way.



The passengers and crew were welcomed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) Chief Operating Officer, Peter Noyce, Director Prasanna C and Chief Commercial Officer Viswanath Attaluri.

“Despite the economic meltdown, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has registered a reasonable growth in the international passenger traffic. The excellent facilities available at RGIA have opened up exciting opportunities for world-class carriers like British Airways to add Hyderabad as a preferred destination,” Viswanath said.

He added: “Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is poised to make Hyderabad a truly global air travel hub in India.”



The British Airways crew received a warm welcome from GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited management
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Old December 20th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #223
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Old December 27th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #224
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New Hyderabad lounge invites passengers to unwind

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The new Arrivals Lounge at Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi provides passengers with a comfortable place to unwind



A self-service buffet counter and a bar provide an array of food and juices;



private napping suites are available
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Old January 9th, 2009, 03:48 AM   #225
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Visited RGIA December 26.
Pros:
Very nice, modern, clean airport
Music was played in the background..different music at different spots
The east asian foot massage feels so great!

Cons:
Very poor signing for driving directions
Some of the fittings were not very good at corners (donno if that is normal)

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Indian air traffic is nothing compared to the US. I travel to small cities like Indianapolis, and it has more air traffic (or it seams) than Hyderabad.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 03:50 AM   #227
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Wish BIAL gets these in the next expansion phase. The glass aerobridges look real attractive when lit up at night besides giving a more airy feel and better passenger experience when boarding - not to mention photo ops of aircraft close ups to post here .


Love the graceful lines of HIAL's shiloette. Really attractive roofline...


Looks like the fire brigade parked in a staggered manner just for this photo op. Wonder what the blue bus is for?...


Brindavan Gardens at Hyd? Look, I can see a defect in this near perfect set up. The fountains are not in a perfect line .


GMR I doff my hat to thee once more...
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Old February 8th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #231
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Those palm trees are out of place.

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British Airways started flying to Hyd since Oct 2008. It runs five days a week.

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Aviation experts to meet in Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: More than 400 aviation industry experts are expected to attend the three-day ‘7th Routes Asia 2009’, a premier event for airlines and airports, to be hosted by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) here from March 29.

Representatives of airports and airlines will meet and do business, with focus on the Asia-Pacific market, and work together to develop air services. The event will be an ideal platform for the “incredibly dynamic Indian airline and airport scene”, said a GHIAL press release here on Sunday.

It said ‘route recovery strategies’ are expected to be high on the agenda. Delegates from airports in Melbourne, Shanghai and Gold Coast are among those who have registered. Opening day’s meets include a CEO Forum and a free route development conference.

Jet Airways, designated the official carrier, is offering exciting discounts to the participants. A. Viswanath, GHIAL Chief Commercial Officer, said despite the current meltdown, the continuing growth of air transport in Asia-Pacific would provide Routes Asia-2009 an opportunity to offer a unique platform for airlines and airports to discuss new route opportunities within structured, pre-arranged meeting format.
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Safran SA to set up an aircraft training centre

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New Delhi: Safran SA, Europe’s largest aircraft engine maker by volume and revenues, will set up an aircraft training centre with an investment of up to $20 million, or Rs97.4 crore, at Hyderabad.

The centre to be set up by its engine making arm, CFM International, will train airline mechanics and engineers on its engines that power Airbus SAS-made A320 and Boeing Co.’s B737 planes, Safran group chief executive officer Jean-Paul Herteman, told Mint in an interview on the eve of Aero India show in Bangalore on Wednesday.

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It has been almost one year since the airport opened and i think it actually is becoming more efficient and meticulous as days go by.

GMR is doing an excellent job!
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