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.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.
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.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.