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GMR-led Hyderabad airport operator seeks restraining orders against JV partner Menzies

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) has sought restraining orders against global ground services and cargo handling company Menzies, which is a joint venture partner of GMR for the cargo handling operations at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

In an arbitration application filed before the Hyderabad High Court, the airport operator has requested the judges to restrain Menzies Aviation Cargo (Hyderabad) Limited, Menzies' officials and affiliates from interfering with its business of the Cargo Terminal at the Hyderabad airport.

The airport company also urged the court to restrain Hyderabad Menzies Air Cargo Private Limited (HMACPL), which is a 51:49 joint venture between GMR group and Menzies, from paying benefits such as dividend arising out of the shareholder rights to Menzies till the disposal of the arbitration proceedings and the arbitration award. Further it has sought orders to restrain Menzies from even transferring or encumbering in any manner the shares held by Menzies Aviation Cargo (Hyderabad) Limited in HMACPL, which runs the cargo terminal.

While the reasons for the rift between the GMR-led airport company and Menzies could not be independently verified immediately, an official at Menzies Aviation India management office in Bengaluru refused to comment on the Indian partner's action.

"GHIAL would like to reserve any comment on this, however would like to clarify that any discussions between the shareholders have no impact on the cargo operations and business as usual," a GHIAL spokesperson said.

Termed as the gateway for the whole of South Central India's supply chain, the cargo terminal boasts of the largest modular integrated cargo facility with dedicated sections such as Pharma Zone that offers temperature-controlled environment for temperatures sensitive products. Last year the cargo volumes at RGIA touched 100,000 tonnes while the passenger traffic had crossed 10 million for the first time after the green-field airport started operations in March, 2008.

"HMACPL has a world-class cargo terminal for the processing of bulk cargo, express cargo and mail. Our terminal is the first of its kind in India and has revolutionised cargo handling quality and performance... HMACPL has implemented proven cargo handling policies, procedures and processes based on Menzies International best practice, validated by many prestigious airlines globally.., " the company website says.

Headquartered in London, Menzies Aviation operates at 125 airports in 28 countries. In India it has operations at Hyderabad and Bengaluru airports. Along with Bobba Group it has also signed a non-exclusive ground handling license agreement with GHIAL way back in 2007. Menzies was claimed to be one of the world's major independent suppliers of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation market providing passenger, ramp and cargo services for as many as 500 airlines.

The HMACPL had registered a turnover of Rs 73.76 crore in financial year ending March, 2015. It has total assets worth of Rs 77 crore. The JV company had made a net profit of Rs 20.44 crore in year 2014-15, according to GMR's annual report.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) is a joint venture company promoted by GMR Group(63 percent) in partnership with Government of India(13 percent), Government of Telangana(13 percent) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11 percent). It was incorporated to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the green-field airport at Hyderabad.

Source: business-standard.com/article/companies/gmr-led-hyderabad-airport-operator-seeks-restraining-orders-against-jv-partner-menzies-116091600766_1
 

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Gulf Air expands Hyderabad service from Dec 2016

Gulf Air starting next month is expanding service on Bahrain – Hyderabad route, which sees additional 2 weekly flights being added from 16DEC16.
Overall frequency will increase from 7 to 9 weekly with this new flight additions.

GF274 BAH0255 – 0925HYD 32S x26
GF276 BAH1430 – 2100HYD 32S 26
GF278 BAH2255 – 0525+1HYD 320 15

GF279 HYD0630 – 0840BAH 320 26
GF275 HYD1025 – 1235BAH 32S x26
GF277 HYD2200 – 0010+1BAH 32S 26

32S = Airbus A320 or A321.

Source: Airlineroute.net

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/269845/gulf-air-expands-hyderabad-service-from-dec-2016/
 

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Well, don't just look at where Hyderabad is going as a city. Also consider what 9W is doing as a network player.. Just because HYD grows doesnt mean that the 330 will definitely happen..

If there indeed is a move to be made, ANY of the AF-KLM-9W Partner can launch to HYD from their respective hubs. Hence, CPS's answer to Amby1986 is plausible, IMO..
 

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:bash::bash:Air India flight to Chicago with no toilets
This is unbelievable but true news. Just imagine stinky desis lining up for immigration and customs ============ A hearty breakfast, full meal and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages were served during the course of the flight. At first, there were long queues at the eight operational toilets. Soon, there were no queues as all lavatories became unusable. Hectic parleys went on between the cockpit and AI operations whether the flight should be diverted to Toronto, but they decided against it. "The Boeing 777-300 (VTALJ) flew into Delhi from Hyderabad on Friday night... Since the aircraft was booked to take a full load of passengers to Chicago from Delhi and no alternate aircraft could be arranged at such short notice, it was felt that the eight servicable toilets will be enough," said a senior AI official. "In Delhi we tried to clear the four toilets using nitrogen flushing. But the toilet pipes were choked with passengers flushing all kinds of stuff like plastic bottles and sanitary napkins. Opening up the system would have taken time," said an official.
We should hold up a mirror to ourselves rather than bash airlines. Just saying.
 

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Posting the 'meat' of the above report for the benefit of other members, the apron expansion layout and the terminal expansion layout.



Another full length parallel 'taxiway B', more apron, remote parking bays and contact stands..:cheers:




According to the report, current terminal Processor building contains two 'modules', one each for domestic and international traffic. Proposed expansion entails addition of two such modules on the international side and one on the domestic side...:cheers:
 

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Can someone explain How GVK handles BOM without any UDF while GMR charges an UDF of 495 INR from any domestic flight from HYD?
BOM offset the losses incurred on abolishing UDF (which was ordered by AERA) By increasing charges elsewhere..

"From an optics perspective, the abolition of UDF for domestic and a sharp 59% reduction in UDF for international passengers looks good. On the other hand, landing charges for A320s have been more than doubled for both domestic and international flights. The aerobridge charges for aircraft other than A-320s have also been doubled or trebled based on size. In effect what has been reduced for passengers may be recovered from airlines. Given the cutthroat competition in the Mumbai routes, we feel airlines may absorb some of the increased charges and pass on the rest to the passengers. Overall, the arrangement appears good for passengers but not so for the airlines,"
 
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