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Old March 27th, 2008, 09:14 AM   #121
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Passengers at the shamsabad international airport continue to experience problems as per this news.

http://www.hindu.com/2008/03/26/stor...2657670800.htm
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Old March 27th, 2008, 09:16 AM   #122
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More Hyderabad blues for new airport

Sandhya Ravishankar / CNN-IBN

TimePublished on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 13:41,

(F)AIR GAMES? According to contract, GMR cannot outsource ground handling services to any other company.

Hyderabad: Controversies just don't seem to end for the city's new airport. The international ground handlers of the airport - Bobba Menezes and IA-SATS - are now accusing the airport developer GMR of breaching the contract.

According to the original agreement between the three parties, GMR cannot outsource ground handling services to any other company. However, domestic airlines are using their own staff for ground handling.

The ground handlers are fuming as well as it means a loss of Rs 140 crore. Each company had invested in Euro-3 compliant equipment and had trained their staff along international standards.

Now they are being forced to keep off the domestic terminal and service only international carriers.

Menezes and IA-SATS refuse to say anything on record. They fear that any legal action from their side will ruin their business prospects in India.

But they are angry. However, GMR says it has little choice in the matter. “The ministry has ordered us to allow airlines to use their own staff. So we can't do anything about it. We're forced to do this,” says VP, Corporate Planning and Risk Management, GMR, A Viswanath.

That's not the only issue. A Greenfield airport is supposed to use only Euro-3 compliant and battery operated equipment. But with the airlines taking care of ground services, farm tractors have made their entry into the airport.
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Old March 27th, 2008, 09:16 AM   #123
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Hyderabad’s new international airport does not have a fully functional Air Control Tower, also known as an ATC!CNBC-TV18’s Faye D'souza found out that part of the Air Traffic Control operations is still being done at the old Begumpet Airport.

India's tallest ATC became operational on Sunday, March 23, when the old airport in Hyderabad closed down for commercial operations to make way for the new one in Shamshabad. But the transition has not been smooth. Here's the twist - pilots trying to land at the new airport are still being navigated by officials at the old airport!



Officials say this is because the ATC's approach control radar at the new airport is not yet ready for operation. The ATC Towers at the two airports have different technology and are only 30 kms away from each other, which might explain why pilots descending to land at the new airport are having nervous moments minutes before touchdown because they may have received incorrect warnings from their flight computers about terrain. The GMR group that has constructed the Rs 2500 crore rupee airport says the ATC Tower is 100% complete and keeping the old ATC tower in function is part of standard procedures"



Even if the ATC tower is completely ready airports authority officials have told us their officers are not trained to handle the new technology yet. But the big question is while readiness was reason enough for postponement of the launch of the Bengaluru international airport by over a month. It doesn't seem to be a problem here.

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Old March 28th, 2008, 02:48 AM   #124
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Some pics of the "first" landing



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Business Chairman, Mr. Kiran Kumar Grandhi and Group Chairman Mr. G.M.Rao welcoming the passengers and the crew

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Old March 28th, 2008, 02:59 AM   #125
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New pics posted in the Indian section!

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International waiting area



Frong view from Inside



Side View approaching the Airport



PVNR Expressway to Airport

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Old March 28th, 2008, 03:34 PM   #126
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I wonder what type of restaurants they will have inside the airport. Authentic Indian food maybe?


you possibly will get varying cuisine....
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Old April 6th, 2008, 05:05 AM   #127
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New Airlines to HYD

Gulf Air (Bahrain) [begins June 2008]
http://www.business-standard.com/com...o=313720&tab=r

British Airways (London-Heathrow) [begins October 27]
Air India Express (Dubai) [begins June 2008]
Jet Airways (Singapore) [begins August 2008]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderab...tional_Airport

Airlines who want to operate flights to Hyderabad
Etihad Airways
AirArabia
Iran National Airlines
NokAir
Tiger Airways
http://www.livemint.com/2007/09/1301...elp-new-H.html
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Old April 6th, 2008, 05:08 AM   #128
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Press Release

The airport has successfully completed 12 days of commercial operations and its highlights / performance are given as under:
The airport has handled around 2,30,000 passengers consisting of 36,000 international and 1,94,000 domestic passengers.
A total of 2944 ATMs (1472 landings and 1472 take offs) were handled............... Read on
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Old April 6th, 2008, 05:19 AM   #129
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The airport has successfully completed 12 days of commercial operations and its highlights / performance are given as under:
The airport has handled around 2,30,000 passengers consisting of 36,000 international and 1,94,000 domestic passengers.
A total of 2944 ATMs (1472 landings and 1472 take offs) were handled............... Read on
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Old April 6th, 2008, 06:31 AM   #130
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you possibly will get varying cuisine....
Maybe some good goat biryani with a nice cold Kingfisher beer before a fight to Chennai.


As for the old airport did they say they're going to close it down? For a city the size of Hyderabad I would think it would do well to have two airports for future capacity....maybe only if India's aviation switches to CRJs, ERJs and turboprops like they have all over the United States these days.


By the way it also looks like this airport is running fine for a new airport. We've seen bad news about Heathrow's T5 but nothing bad about the new HYD.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 07:46 AM   #131
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Looks like a fantastic addition to Hyderabad.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:35 AM   #132
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Maybe some good goat biryani with a nice cold Kingfisher beer before a fight to Chennai.


As for the old airport did they say they're going to close it down? For a city the size of Hyderabad I would think it would do well to have two airports for future capacity....maybe only if India's aviation switches to CRJs, ERJs and turboprops like they have all over the United States these days.


By the way it also looks like this airport is running fine for a new airport. We've seen bad news about Heathrow's T5 but nothing bad about the new HYD.
I don't know about Biryani....but you sure will get some good Indian cuisine choices. But my tip.....go into the city for the Biryani.

And they are have closed down the airport for commercial aviation. But there is talk of opening it for local flights within the state.

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Looks like a fantastic addition to Hyderabad.
Yup.

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Old April 12th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #133
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19 days of commercial operations

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April 2008
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad
11 April. 2008, Hyderabad

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The airport has successfully completed 19 days of commercial operations and its highlights / performance are given as under:
  • The airport has handled around 3,80,000 passengers consisting of 57,000 international and 3,23,000 domestic passengers.
  • A total of 4900 Air Traffic Movements (2450 landings and 2450 take offs) were handled. 263 Air Traffic Movements (ATM’s) were handled on 10.04.08.
  • To facilitate the international callers for calling RGIA call centre from outside India the following telephone number 009140-44327300 has been provided. Indian callers should still use 1800-102-2008.
  • Fuel intake has increased to around 1100 KL/day from 550KL/day.

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Kingfisher-Deccan prunes global plan

....... Connections to the US in the launch phase will be from Bangalore with flights to San Francisco and New York JFK.

Interestingly, Kingfisher wants to fly on Bangalore-Hong Kong-New York (JFK) route, said sources. Since Hong Kong-JFK flight is over 15 hours' duration, the airline is clearly eying a share of traffic to NYC originating from the former British colony.

Among European destinations, it will connect Bangalore to London Heathrow. For the lucrative Gulf sector, the combined airline has proposed flights to Dubai from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Goa; link Hyderabad to Kuwait and Jeddah. In southeast Asia, it has sought clearance to operate flights between Bangalore and Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. A Chennai-Singapore flight is also proposed. ...........................

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/B...ow/2951666.cms

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New Airlines to HYD

Gulf Air (Bahrain) [begins June 2008]
http://www.business-standard.com/com...o=313720&tab=r

British Airways (London-Heathrow) [begins October 27]
Air India Express (Dubai) [begins June 2008]
Jet Airways (Singapore) [begins August 2008]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderab...tional_Airport

Airlines who want to operate flights to Hyderabad
Etihad Airways
AirArabia
Iran National Airlines
NokAir
Tiger Airways
http://www.livemint.com/2007/09/1301...elp-new-H.html

Anybody aware of any other airline which is or planning to start flights to Hyd
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Old April 19th, 2008, 06:45 PM   #136
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Nice work mate!

You forgot to cite the source here!

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