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Old October 14th, 2013, 02:55 AM   #2781
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BIA set to become most expensive airport in country

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Bengaluru: The state government, which earlier seemed to be giving in to pressure from Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), has now snubbed the company, and refused to increase the state’s equity in BIAL. BIAL recently sought an increase in the state government’s equity in the company, citing insufficient funds for the on going terminal expansion at the international airport.

The Finance Department has suggested that BIAL use the excess land given by the state government in order to raise money for expansion rather than seeking increased equity, a source in the department said.

The shareholders of BIAL had sought additional Rs 150 crore equity participation from the state government. The Government of Karnataka has a 13 per cent share in BIAL. The state also gave has already released Rs 350 crore and gave 4000 acres of land for the project.

This land was supposed to be commercially exploited to make the airport economically viable. The GoK has cited this clause and suggested that BIAL makes use of the space available.

The state government, however, allowed BIAL to increase the user development fee charged from departing passengers to Rs 430 from Rs 231.40 for each domestic passenger and Rs 1,700 from Rs 952.30 for international passengers.

If this increase in user fee is approved by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority, it will make BIA the most expensive airport in India, on par with Hyderabad airport.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 08:46 AM   #2782
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Hey Aneesha..The view from the ATC is amazing.. Are they open for public visits?
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Old October 16th, 2013, 09:32 AM   #2783
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I doubt it's open for public.. maybe she knows someone who works or something like that... :-)
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Old October 18th, 2013, 08:43 AM   #2784
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Old October 18th, 2013, 09:18 AM   #2785
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Bangalore also in worst in “Guide to Sleeping in Airports” rating

The “Guide to Sleeping in Airports” based its Oct. 15 rating of best and worst airports in the world on reviews and votes from travelers who spend the night in airports.

According to the website, the travelers were asked to consider comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service.

The travelers cited metallic seating, crowded terminals and limited seats at the airport, making it unpopular for long delays or layovers.

The travelers’ review also cited inconveniences such as bad signage in the terminals, difficult transfers, lack of 24-hour food and nothing to do in transit, dirty floors, bathrooms, unfriendly staff, airport scams, anti-airport sleeper policies and “immigration officers who prefer to play Angry Birds than process travelers.”

Worst and best airports
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Also in the list of the world’s worst airports are Bergamo (Italy), Calcutta (India), Islamabad (Pakistan), Paris Beauvais (France), Chennai (India), Frankfurt Hahn (Germany), Mumbai (India), Rome Fiumicino (Italy) and Los Angeles (US).

NAIA Terminal 1 also topped the list of worst airports in Asia followed by Calcutta (India), Islamabad (Pakistan), Chennai (India), Mumbai (India), Jakarta (Indonesia), Kuala Lumpur LCCT (Malaysia), Hanoi (Vietnam), Denpassar (Indonesia) and Bangalore (India).

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Changi Airport was voted the best airport this year, followed by Seoul Incheon (Korea) and Hong Kong.

Other airports in the best airports list are Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), Tokyo Narita (Japan), Taipei Taoyuan (Taiwan), New Delhi and Hyderabad (India).
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Old October 18th, 2013, 11:33 AM   #2786
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Here is the link
Doesn't show bangalore.. but does show chennai ... is there any change or is it rated in a different category?
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http://www.emirates247.com/the-world...10-18-1.524791
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Old October 18th, 2013, 12:46 PM   #2787
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Check this below Link

The category is “Night Sleeping in Airports”

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/20...rport-tag-anew
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Old October 18th, 2013, 03:50 PM   #2788
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BEST & WORST AIRPORTS TO SLEEP

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Old October 21st, 2013, 09:55 AM   #2789
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This winter, it is air terrific at BIA


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Monday, Oct 21, 2013, 12:25 IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
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Aircraft movement increased over last year, more airlines coming up with new routes.

The number of flights operating from the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) per day has increased this winter compared with last, indicating a clear drop in air turbulence.

According to figures made available to dna by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the total number of aircraft movements in the winter 2012 was 309 per day, while it has increased to 357 in the corresponding period this year.


Apart from the increase in the number of flights, there are new domestic as well as international routes scheduled for this winter.

“New domestic routes to Surat, Dehradun and Imphal have been scheduled for the winter schedule. Besides, on the international route, Spicejet will soon start operations to Bangkok from BIA,” said BIAL.

The low-cost carrier starting October 27 will operate direct flights between Bangalore and Bangkok four days a week.

On the domestic route, Andhra Pradesh-based regional airline Air Costa is a new carrier to operate flights this winter. The airline will operate flights to two destinations on the weekends.

Starting of new routes and airlines this winter is in complete contrast to 2012. No new international airline was scheduled to start operations in winter of 2012 from the BIA. In 2012, the drop in air traffic movements was attributed to the stoppage of Kingfisher Airlines services.

An increase in 48 flights per day in winter 2013 has brought good news for the BIAL, which will soon be opening its expanded terminal, which is expected to accommodate 1.8 crore passengers annually versus the current 1.25 crore. The expanded terminal will be spread over an area of approximately 1.34 lakh sq m from the existing 72,000 sq m.
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Old October 21st, 2013, 10:36 AM   #2790
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Air connectivity of Tier-II cities in karnataka on the cards



In a renewed bid to provide air connectivity of Tier-II cities, the state government is planning to call for an expression of interest afresh for the development of smaller airports in Karnataka.

This followed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s statement in Gulbarga recently that the government wants to develop airports in Tier-II cities.

Recently, Infrastructure and Information Minister Lad had told reporters that the government may shelve airport development projects in Gulbarga, Bellary, Bijapur, Hassan and Shimoga cities due to the economic slowdown.

Close on the heels of the CM’s statement, senior officials of the Department of Infrastructure held a meeting, chaired by Lad, and decided to make renewed efforts to develop the airports. As the first step, the department is planning to invite expression of interests from both Indian and foreign companies for taking up airport development in Tier-II cities.

The meeting also took note of Gulbarga and Shimoga projects which have been caught in legal wrangles, following the alleged differences of opinion among two main joint venture partners.

Since the matter was pending before the court, the department had referred it to the Legal Department to take appropriate steps. “The matter is expected to be resolved in the next three to four months. Thereafter, we are planning to hold one-on-one meetings with investors. We are in the process of working out sops for investors in due consultation with the CM,” a senior official of the Department of Infrastructure said on condition of anonymity.

The officer stated that no investor would come forward to invest crores of rupees in projects unless it benefits them.

“Since the project was initiated by the previous government, the department is not interested in shelving it. Besides, air connectivity acts as a major boost for the development of Tier-II cities,” he said.

Lad told Express that the aviation industry is under a lot of stress due to the economic slump.

“Besides, the winding up of the Kingfisher Airlines has further hurt the industry. Because of this reason, investors are in a dilemma to invest in new or existing projects. Despite economic downtrend, I am talking to some entrepreneurs to invest in airport projects. They have been invited to Bangalore for one-to-one discussions,” Lad said.

He said the department was in the process of working out sops in order to attract investors. One of the suggestions has been to call for expression of interests from major players of the aviation industry. “A clear picture may emerge in next two to three months,” he added.

The minister said passenger movement was also important to make airline profitable as no private operator likes to incur loss.

“It was easy to work out routes connecting all major cities but people have to travel frequently. Completing ongoing projects in time is my priority,” he added.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 09:04 AM   #2791
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Cost, viability nix high-speed rail link to Bengaluru International Airport

The proposed High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) between the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) and the city has been scrapped.

Bangalore in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy on Friday said the central government had done it keeping in mind its viability and cost.

"Namma Metro will be extended to BIA," he said, during an inspection of ongoing works on the underground corridor. He was accompanied by food & civil supplies minister Dinesh Gundu Rao and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar.

While Gundu Rao said HSRL wasn't practical, Ananth Kumar said it was not cost-effective. Experts felt it wasn't a good idea to invest so much money on a project that would benefit only a section of passengers.

The proposed Metro link will take passengers from the city to BIA in 44 minutes.

Anywhere in the world, you'll see airports with multipoint access from the city through metros. The HSRL would have required people to come to Minsk Square to go to BIA which is not practical for those living in different areas. Once the Phases 1 and 2 of the Metro are operational, the links to BIA along radial lines will be a better option," said Ananth Kumar.

Currently, a Detailed Project Report is being prepared on the proposed Nagawara-BIA Metro section to be taken up under the Phase 2 A of the project. This line will be the crucial last link between the Metro network and the airport.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:26 PM   #2792
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Is Chennai Airport losing ground to Bangalore Airport?

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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:35 PM   #2793
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:27 PM   #2794
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Flew back into Bangalore on an early Indigo flight. It was rather foggy, so I wasn't able to take any useful snaps.

The bus took us right past and close to the East Pier. It was possible to look a little inside, and it looks pretty good, I must say.

Stepping inside, one got the feeling that the grand (re) opening of T1 v2 could be accomplished in a matter of days. But outside, the first thing one saw was the huge amount of work still left to be completed on the underside of the roof.

I got the impression that the pace of work has slowed down since a month or so back. In my opinion, it looks like December 31 is the new target date.

Perhaps the idea is to sync it with the elevated highway. Quite a bit of progress appears to have been made on that front, but enough is still left to make December 31 a stiff target.

It was heartening to see some work - at last - on the airport hotel, but then I remembered that earlier post about the legal issues, and pooof, the good mood went.

Maybe it was the fog, but all in all I felt a little depressed rather than uplifted. Waiting, waiting, waiting.......

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Old October 23rd, 2013, 06:52 AM   #2795
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let it take as much time.. airport got required external looks already due to curved roof seen from air and road side and existing capacity is enough for now.

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Chennai Airport losing ground to Bangalore?
22 Oct, 2013

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If an airport is an indicator of a city's growth as a business and leisure destination, Chennai is in serious trouble. It looks like Chennai is losing ground to Bangalore as the southern gateway for business and tourism owing to deficiencies at the city airport.
We take a look at what's making Chennai lag behind Bangalore Airport and advantages of the latter:

Bangalore airport inching closer to Chennai

After overtaking Chennai in domestic passenger traffic, Bangalore airport is inching closer to Chennai in terms of international passenger traffic.
Bangalore's annual international passenger traffic is only 50% of Chennai's, but the airport has been registering a higher rate of growth for the past three years. Last year, Bangalore's domestic traffic grew at double the pace of Chennai and the international traffic at more than six times.

Chennai statistics

Last year, Chennai handled 44 lakh international passengers, while Bangalore had 25 lakh of them. But statistics compiled by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) show that the passenger traffic grew at the rate of 6.5% in Bangalore while it was 3.6% in Chennai in 2012-13.

Chennai Airport: Poor planning

Poor planning and red tapism has been pushing Chennai airport down the airlines' priority list.
Foreign airlines are not able to bring their latest fuelefficient planes to Chennai airport as these aircraft are large and not suitable for the runway and taxiways here.

Advantage Bangalore

Many carriers that operate long haul international flights bleed because poor airside infrastructure - a single overused runway, poorly designed and narrow taxiways that have uneven surface - burn fuel and increases the turnaround time at Chennai airport.
Meanwhile, private airports like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad invest a lot of money to attract airlines, professional companies for maintenance of terminals, F&B, duty free and other facilities.

Privatisation may help Chennai

"International travellers from Bangalore are young professionals, while a good percentage of those who fly from Chennai are families. Bangalore also has the highest number of people working in multinational companies. This is fuellilng the growth," said Air Passengers Association of India president D Sudhakara Reddy.
Attempts by the hospitality industry to change this pattern in Chennai have failed because the airport is not up to the mark. A senior AAI official said "being public sector has its limitations. Chennai will pick up when the airport gets privatized early next year."

Bangalore Airport: Positives

> Large number of IT firms
> Private owned airport, managed professionally
> Worldclass amenities for passengers and incentives to airlines
> Fourth busiest airport, fifth busiest in international traffic

Bangalore Airport: Drawbacks

> Located 40 kms away from city, takes an hour to reach it
> Managed by private players, expensive airport for both airlines and passengers

Chennai Airport: Positives

> Located close to city
> More than 20 international airlines operate
> Presence of a port
> The city is a hub for manufacturing, finance and IT. This fuels international traffic though growth is sluggish

Chennai Airport: Drawbacks

> Poorly managed by AAI
> Not on par with international standards
> Poor passenger amenities
> No room for expansion
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 07:03 AM   #2796
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This was posted before..... It was.. It was all over TOI...
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 07:05 AM   #2797
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quote that first where it was posted, and then troll here this article published on 22nd oct.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 07:15 AM   #2798
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I'm not here to troll... Il find it and post it soon
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 07:20 AM   #2799
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Chennai losing ground to Bangalore in attracting international fliers



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