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This thread is meant to supplement the Kolkata Airport thread with news, pictures, and discussions about aviation in all of West Bengal. This can also include info about Kolkata Airport. Anyone is free to start the thread.
 

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Pawan Hans to fly to Durgapur
TNN | Aug 6, 2013, 04.19 AM IST


KOLKATA: Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), developer of the airport city at Andal near Durgapur, will sign the first MoU with an aviation company on Tuesday. Helicopter services operator Pawan Hans and BAPL will ink the pact at the state secretariat, clearing the skies for the first commercial flight between the steel town and Behala.

Pawan Hans, that conducted a test flight last month, is expected to start operations within a month. Since the company can operate up to seven charters a month, BAPL is eyeing pacts with other helicopter operators, including Prayag Aviation, so that there is a flight every alternate day.

BAPL officials said pacts with airlines that operate scheduled flights will happen closer to the commissioning date. While helicopter services can begin now, flight operators with fixed wing aircraft can start only after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation issues a license to the airport. And that can happen once high tension power lines that run diagonally over runway are removed.

L&T has been handed the contract to divert the lines through an underground duct.

"The runway will be ready by October, office and ATC by August-end and passenger terminal by September. However, we have to wait till the high tension lines are removed to apply for licence," a BAPL source said. The licensing process is expected to take three months.

According to industry sources, Air India, SpiceJet and Air Costa have responded positively to flight services to the private airport. While Air India may consider 68-seater CRJ flights from Durgapur to Delhi six days a week, SpiceJet that is buying Bombardier aircraft may set up maintenance and repair operation (MRO) at the airport after three-four Bombardier planes are stationed in the east. Air Costa is open to flights subject to sops from the airport operator.
 

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Pawan Hans to fly to Durgapur
TNN | Aug 6, 2013, 04.19 AM IST


KOLKATA: Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), developer of the airport city at Andal near Durgapur, will sign the first MoU with an aviation company on Tuesday. Helicopter services operator Pawan Hans and BAPL will ink the pact at the state secretariat, clearing the skies for the first commercial flight between the steel town and Behala.


According to industry sources, Air India, SpiceJet and Air Costa have responded positively to flight services to the private airport. While Air India may consider 68-seater CRJ flights from Durgapur to Delhi six days a week, SpiceJet that is buying Bombardier aircraft may set up maintenance and repair operation (MRO) at the airport after three-four Bombardier planes are stationed in the east. Air Costa is open to flights subject to sops from the airport operator.
Not very clear as to why helicopters to fly from BEHALA aerodrome and not DUMDUM airport. If someone flying into CCU from say DEL or BOM needs to take an onward connection to Durgapur - he has to travel all the way to Behala - rather he would take a road journey from CCU airport.

It will indeed be great if Spicejet sets up a base in Durgapur.
 

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Incentives to airlines to boost trade and tourism in West Bengal
By PTI | 6 Aug, 2013, 10.48PM IST


KOLKATA: In a bid to promote travel and tourism and attract investment to the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced special incentives to airlines to increase flights to Kolkata, Bagdogra and Coochbehar airports.

The existing sales tax rate on Aviation Turbine Fuel in West Bengal was 25 per cent. An additional sales tax of 20 per cent on sales tax was also levied. Thus the effective sales tax rate on ATF in the state was 30 per cent.

Banerjee said there would be 50 per cent rebate on tax on additional ATF sold to any airline from Kolkata airport compared to corresponding ATF consumed by the airline in 2012-13.

"Thus effective rate of tax on ATF on excess quantity of Fuel consumed will come down from existing 30 per cent to 15 per cent," the chief minister said.

She also declared total sales tax exemption on ATF sold from Coochbehar and Bagdogra airports for three years to boost trade and tourism.

Stressing on the need to modernise Coochbehar airport for air operations, Banerjee said that it would cost the state government Rs 45 crore, of which Rs 15 crore had been handed over to the Airports Authority of India Chairman V P Agarwal today to enable the AAI to undertake a comprehensive scheme.

"Construction of a box culvert on river Mora Torsha for extension of runway and upgradation of the Coochbehar airport will help operate bigger aircraft," Banerjee said.

AAI Chairman V P Agarwal later said that it would take 30 months to modernise the airport, where navigational and technical aids would be installed.

With the full fledged operation of night landing facilities at Bagdogra airport, Agarwal said it would be the sixth in the region.
 

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No airlines has actually started operating flights after sunset as of now - however if any scheduled flight gets delayed then it can operate in the evening.
With ATF reduced to zero and night landing facility, Bagdogra is set to witness surge in air traffic like never before. It will help the airport to become an important gateway for North Bengal.
 
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