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Ranchi-Hyderabad & Ranchi-Chennai flight soon: Sinha

A new flight service from Ranchi to Hyderabad and Chennai will soon begin, said Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.

There are 14 flights from Ranchi now and four more would start from April, Sinha said.

He was speaking after Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das inaugurated multi-purpose inter-national air terminal (cargo complex) at the Birsa Munda Airport here.

The Union minister said air passengers are fast growing with last year recording 10 lakh air passengers from Ranchi airport, three lakh more than the previous year, an official release said quoting him.(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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AI may take flight from Ozar to Hyderabad, Surat

Nashik: The Ozar airport may soon find an opportunity to resume services as Air India (AI) has shown interest to start flights from here to Hyderabad and Surat.

Recently, Nashik MP Hemant Godse met Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani in New Delhi and discussed the feasibility for the state-owned carrier to commence flights from the Ozar airport.

Godse said Lohani has given positive indications to commence flights from the Ozar airport here to Hyderabad and Surat.

The airline company was unable to operate the Mumbai-Nashik flight in May last year due to lack of slot at the airport in the country's financial capital. More recently, Air India had expressed its inability to commence air service from Nashik.

Nashik industries have already announced that it will sign a loyalty programme with any airline company which starts services from Nashik.
Godse told TOI, "There is no slot available at the Mumbai airport. But there are other destinations that have air service potential from Nashik. As per the announcement for 2016-17 in the Air India booklet, Nashik connectivity has been mentioned. I had a meeting with the Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani about the commencement of air services from Nashik and he is positive for flights to Hyderabad and Surat."

The proposal to start flights from Nashik to Hyderabad and Surat has been submitted by the Nashik Industries & Manufacturers' Association (Nima).
Nima vice-president Mangesh Patankar said, "The airport terminal at Ozar is ready for long with no air service. As per our recent survey, there is a huge potential for the air service from Nashik as close to 65,000 people in a year fly from here and a bulk of them travel to Hyderabad, Surat, Bangalore and Mumbai to board flights. So, we have submitted a proposal to Air India to start air services from Nashik to these two destinations."

Patankar added that they are ready to sign the loyalty programme with Air India with the assurance of booking some seats if it commences air service. "The ratio will be decided later via discussions with the company.

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TELANGANA TO GET TOURISM BOOST WITH HELIPORTS

To boost tourism and exploit commercially potential areas, the Telangana government is coming up with `heliports' in various locations in state. These have been proposed at Dundigal, Hakimpet, Nadirgul in Hyderabad, Basanthnagar in Karimnagar, Nagarjunasagar, Nalgonda, Alair (Yadagirigutta), Warangal and Kagaznagar (Sirpur). The state is also planning to develop new greenfield airports at Zakranpally, Nizamabad, National Investment & Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) at Zaheerabad.

"The state government has submitted the proposals to ministry of civil aviation under Regional Connectivity Scheme for 10 unserved airports. These can be converted into full-fledged airports in future," V N Bharath Reddy , director (aviation) of infrastructure and investment department told TOI.

Officials say since air traffic is on rise, people can avail heliservices. For instance, the state government has taken up development of Yadagirigutta temple and a heliport is being proposed at Alair. Similarly , Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district has always been a tourist spot.Kagaznagar and NIMZ are industrial areas where individuals can avail of the facility, apart from VIPs.

After formation of the state, the government decided to develop two airports at Kothagudem-Bhadadri district and Warangal. Land acquisition for airports has already begun. For Warangal airport, a MOU was signed with Airport Authority of India for development.

AAI informed that apart from existing 748 acres land, it requires another 438 acres for the airport. And this is in acquisition stage. Similarly , land for Kothagudem-Bhadadri airport was identified and sent for approval to ministry of civil aviation. RITES Limited has submitted a pre-feasibility report for development of the airport at Kothagudem and topographic survey was also completed, said officials. "Clearances from forest department are required as a portion of land for greenfield airport is nestled in reserved forests. The government earmarked Rs 1.09 crore for getting airport clearances," a senior official of industries department said.

To encourage regional connectivity, air force operators should be given concessions like reduction of VAT to one per cent, free land, security and fire services, apart from electricity and water at concessional rates and viability gap funding up to 20%, sources said.

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Residents slam Rajiv Gandhi International Airport expansion meeting

Hyderabad: Residents of Shamshabad village on Tuesday opposed the public hearing on the expansion of terminals at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), being reviewed by the Telangana State Pollution Control Board. The residents protested the decision to hold a public hearing inside the airport – they would have preferred it being conducted at a public place in the Shamshabad village or at the Revenue office. Shamshabad sarpanch Mr. Rachamalla Siddeshwar informed the environmental officer from the PCB, M. Venkanna and the district collector, that the public hearing was being conducted at the airport, which was around 7 kilometers distant from the village and so the majority of the people of the village did not attend the hearing. “Only sponsored members of the public have attended the meeting, those who are getting benefits from an NGO run by the GMR. The GMR arranged buses to bring the public to the venue, but not those who wanted to attend the public hearing,” he said.
Mr. Siddeshwar said that the entire Shamshabad mandal was under the GO-111 released in 1996 to protect twin water bodies – Himayath Sagar and Osman Sagar. “How the government allows expansion of the terminals while the airport is already emitting air, sound and water pollution, is inexplicable. Also, how can the government, which is taking stringent action against constructions in all the 84 villages under the GO-111 by demolishing new constructions, (even in 100 to 200 square yards of area, stating that is against the GO which can be a threat to the water bodies), issue approvals for the expansion of the airport?” he questioned the PCB’s environmental officer.
Similarly, Shamshabad mandal congress president M. Venu Goud, BJP leader B. Narsimha Reddy and other leaders from various political parties have objected to the expansion of the terminal and other passenger amenities. Speaking to this newspaper, Mr. Siddeshwar said that the villagers must approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) if the government issued approvals for the expansion.
Meanwhile, a few members of the public from the Airport Colony reached the public hearing under the supervision of Deputy MPP Y. Suresh Goud and asked the collector to provide basic facilities to their colony. “We are displaced villagers of RGIA who were edged out during the construction of the airport. The government constructed Airport Colony for us and the GMR promised to provide infrastructure to the colony by adopting it. So far, neither the GMR nor the government have provided even basic facilities to our colony,” they complained.

Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nati...-international-airport-expansion-meeting.html

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I found some document related to environmental clearances for Rajiv Gandhi International Airport expansion. It has complete details regarding the Proposed layout expansion. Few proposed highlights from the document.

1) Passenger handling capacity from current 12MPPA (Existing) to 25 MPPA (Proposed)
2) Cargo handling capacity from 150000 (Existing) to 300000 LTPA (Proposed)
3) Aerobridges 12 (Existing) to 31(Proposed)
4) Rapid exit taxiways 4 existing - 4 additional
5) Passenger Terminal Build up area 11,7,339 sq.m (existing) to 2,33,250 sq.m

For complete details check (http://environmentclearance.nic.in/writereaddata/EIA/280320175VGFLZ9VRGIAEIAReport.pdf)
Please go to Section 2.3 for Proposed Airport Expansion Plan
 

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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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Hyd airport has enough space on either side to expand the current terminal :

Apparently, the expansion is not going to be very radical from an end user perspective and the Airport is going to look the same with widened proportions. My only concern is approach to the PTB, with just one lane in addition, it would be one very crowded ramp. Also, no markings for additional parking space?
 

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It's going to be 7-lane road which would be sufficient to manage the crowd at ramp and also they are planning for grade separators as well and development of new access roads. Below is an excerpt from page C2-39 & C2-40. I am not posting the images as they are of too low quality and unable to read the details. The piers expansion on both ends would be of same length and after completion of expansion the central building of PTB with 5 modules (2 existing + 3 new modules) will be exactly at centre from both extreme end aero bridges. I am expecting at least 4 nos additional baggage claim carousels, if not more.
Main Access Road
The present MAR wouldn‟t require to be widened for the envisioned phase as the existing 4 land will suffice the requirement of the projected traffic. But existing MAR has been provisioned with requisite right of ways to be able to expand to 6-lane or 8 lanes in the future and provide for service road/ramps along it for grade separated interchanges for smooth movement of air passengers at an acceptable LOS. The proposed ROW on the MAR is 60 m.
Secondary Sector Road
New Secondary Sector Road (SSR) is proposed on the north & south of MAR
with Minimum Right of way (ROW) of 36 that provide the space for 4 lane
divided road with provision of expanding into a 6-lane road with by-lanes for
entry into the adjacent properties. Another SSR toward east with an alignment in North South direction is proposed with a 40 m ROW for a 6-lane road with by lanes for entry into the adjacent properties or ramps for interchange.
Terminal Access for T1 and Curbs
A 7-lane elevated road is proposed to cater to the traffic of expanded terminal 1 in the forecourt area which will split into two numbers of 7-lane roads, one leading to the T1 departure curbs, second leading to the T1 arrival curbs. The parking areas will be connected at grade from the direct approach roads from the rotaries.
T1 Curb Side Facilities
Based on preliminary estimates of the length of terminal 1, it is expected that curbside requirements will justify two parallel curb sides on both the departures and arrivals levels. The approx. departure and arrival curb lengths proposed for T1 is 570 m and 520 m respectively each arranged into 2 parallel curbs, with pedestrian connectivity to the terminal. In future as metro materializes MLCP/Multi-modal transportation hub in proposed to be developed in the forecourt within the parking zone. Proposed arrival and departure ramps are shown in Figure-2.17 and Figure-2.18 respectively.
The expansion has been proposed in two phases (Phase 1 Nov-17 to Sept-18 & Phase 2 Nov-19 to Sept-20) and the cost estimate for both phases is 2629 Crores which seems to be pretty much cost effective given the capacity increase by 13MPPA which is more than double of the existing capacity. I am not getting why they are planning to start phase 2 after more than a year of completion of phase 1. Even though the expansion is delayed they are going for 25MPPA unlike previously planned 18MPPA. Also I think we can expect the ultimate capacity of RGIA to be 50+MPPA more than the initially planned 40MPPA.
 

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Hyderabad airport launches 'Passenger is Prime' programme

HYDERABAD: GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), which operates the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), today announced launch of 'Passenger is Prime' (PIP) programme.

The programme, which would see a host of new initiatives and measures, is aimed at delivering an enhanced level of experience and service to the passengers.

In the first initiative under this new programme, the airport is deploying across key touch points a dedicated team of more than young Passenger Service Associates (PSAs), available across the airport to assist and support passengers, GHIAL said in a statement.

"These PSAs will play the role of passenger evangelists and they will also provide special assistance to passengers with special needs such as expecting mothers, ladies travelling alone, women travelling with infants, senior citizens and passengers with reduced mobility among others," it said.

TThe staff chosen as PSAs had been provided with special training on service orientation under the aegis of Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad.

GHIAL CEO, S G K Kishore, said steps have already been initiated to expand the airport's capacity significantly, and the construction work is expected to begin in the next couple of months.

"The 'Passenger is Prime' programme is a natural progression of our continued focus on improving passenger experience at the airport, and we intend it to be the common platform for a host of new passenger-centric initiatives to be launched by various stakeholders who are a part of the Hyderabad Airport community.
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Airports in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Delhi gear up for capacity expansion

Faster growth in the aviation sector has put yet another major international airport in the country on the expansion mode with the GMR Group-led Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) initiating plans to expand its capacity starting this year.

Having started operations in March 2008, the green-field Rajiv Gandhi International Airport surpassed the 14 million passenger mark in 2016, while it was built to handle only 12 million passengers in Phase-1.

This comes close on the heels of the capacity expansion already underway at Bengaluru's green-field Kempegowda International Airport, which had started commercial operations 2 months after the inauguration of Hyderabad airport, in May 2008. While the initial handling capacity of the airport is 20 million passengers, the actual passenger traffic at the GVK-operated Kempegouda airport surpassed 22 million in 2016.


Even as plans are afoot to raise Hyderabad airport's capacity to around 20 million passengers through the addition of modular terminals and support facilities, the airport operator, however, has not shared specific details regarding the expansion and investment as the company is yet to get the government's approval for the same.

"In view of the growth in passenger traffic, we are almost doubling up the existing capacity of Hyderabad Airport. We are expecting to ground the physical work in the coming quarter, once we receive all the regulatory clearances and approvals," a GHIAL spokesperson said.

While the airport operators of both the Hyderabad and Bengaluru airports are trying to catch up with the consistently high growth being witnessed in passenger traffic in the past few years, the Chatrapathi Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, which has no further scope for expansion, handled 44 million passengers last year, more than 4 million passengers over and above its actual capacity.

The country's second largest airport in passenger traffic, Mumbai airport, however, witnessed the lowest growth in passenger traffic among the six major international airports in the country last year. Expediting the green-field Navi Mumbai International Airport project – which was awarded to the existing airport's operator, the GVK-led consortium, earlier this year – is the only answer to the future air traffic growth in the country's financial hub, say industry observers.

An upgraded master plan for the expansion of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport by GMR led-Delhi International Airport Limited was formally disclosed by Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on March 15, 2017, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. However, with the existing capacity to handle 62 million passengers, the Delhi airport still has the headroom to partly meet the passenger growth in the current year. The Delhi airport has handled an additional 10 million passengers in 2016. Going by the growth trend, the master plan proposes to raise the capacity to 75 million in the immediate phase, with an ultimate aim to enhance the capacity to 109 million passengers over a period of time.

Among the six airports that handle 1 million plus passengers per month, only Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport and the Chennai International Airport, which rank as the fourth and the fifth largest airports in terms of passenger traffic in the country, respectively, seem to be in a comfortable position as they still have some time to go before the demand matches with their existing capacity. Both these airports are owned and operated by the Airports Authority of India. The authorities have already announced the Phase-2 expansion for the Chennai airport in order take the existing capacity to 30 million from the present 23 million passenger level.

6) Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad: GMR Group-led consortium had built this green-field airport with an initial capacity to handle 12 million passengers in March 2008. The airport had touched its full capacity in 2015. Phase-2 expansion plans are yet to receive government approval. Under Phase-2, the handling capacity is expected to be expanded to 18-20 million passengers level by 2020-21.

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Flights to Hyderabad, Jaipur and Goa to start from May 1

SURAT: There is some good news for the fliers in the Diamond City. Private airline Spice Jet is all set to launch flight services from Surat to Hyderabad, Jaipur and Goa starting May 1.
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Move to start city-NY flight

Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju has told TRS MP B. Vinod Kumar during question hour in Lok Sabha on Thursday that the former will keep a suggestion in mind to provide direct flights from Hyderabad to New York and Dallas.

Mr. Kumar asked whether there could be such direct flights to New York and Dallas as many passengers flew there from the city. Hyderabad airport handles about 7.6 million passengers annually. The MP told The Hindu that US-bound passengers from Hyderabad leave by four flights everyday with a stop-over at Dubai.

Hyderabad airport handles about 7.6 million passengers annually? :nuts: :nuts:
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