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Kolkata ( NSCBI ) Airport: past, present and future.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more pictures from the web of NSCBI airport and some you tube videos. Please enjoy:

Kolkata airport apron area 2011: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69514786@N05/6465541287/
Loading of Airbus A300 in cargo apron area: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69514786@N05/6465867279/
Busy domestic apron area: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69514786@N05/6465541769/
and http://www.flickr.com/photos/69514786@N05/6465541515/ http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5478166192257572162
Early evening view: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5581353926851476994
ATR 72 operation from CCU : http://www.flickr.com/photos/69514786@N05/6465869151/
and http://www.flickr.com/photos/69514786@N05/6465866901/
Domestic terminal: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markhillary/2427904295/
and http://www.flickr.com/photos/nrvs/4280491215/ , http://www.flickr.com/photos/85296574@N00/479592041/ , http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5544579445857886962
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/2177199597/ ,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pherrari/3683810154/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/60589728@N00/5828466732/
Ramp loading for shortage of aero bridges : http://www.flickr.com/photos/85296574@N00/2058426600/
Kitchen service at one corner of the apron : http://www.flickr.com/photos/85296574@N00/479594113/
Airport area from above : http://www.flickr.com/photos/85296574@N00/2057052539/
Departure lounge of new integrated terminal (a model ) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/44736392@N04/4110523142/
An Air India B747 parked on the international terminal: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5648211536058416338
Landscape east of NSCBI airport: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5083410408366126754
Plenty of space to expand.
Current International terminal : http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+aiport&psc=G&filter=1#5538563361912913906
The only pair of escalators.
Take off from south side of main runway ( 01R ): http://youtu.be/ouR5qFgM-SU and
http://youtu.be/SrtzIDCkEvY
Landing and taxing on the new apron area and parking bay: http://youtu.be/Ipt10_HkVA0 . Our aircraft is landing on main runway from south side, then alpha taxiway, followed by foxtrot T’way, golf T’way then parking on newly built parking lot area across the integrated terminal.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks once again for the updates, Sabyasachi. Many of us read your very informative posts, but I guess, are too lazy to reply!

sabya99 wrote:
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5478166192257572162
Early evening view: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5581353926851476994
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pherrari/3683810154/,
Landscape east of NSCBI airport: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5083410408366126754
Plenty of space to expand.


Sorry, these links do not work.
The videos you have posted links to, are in weird colour negative!
You do have an eye for detail - you know the airport off the back of your hand!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ Sumantra, I have corrected two links. Please check up. Others seems to be broken:


http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5478166408110285282

Kolkata airport ground set up : http://www.flickr.com/photos/pherrari/3683810154

The Youtube videos are also working fine with me. Thanks for watching !
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picture album of IDT/CEM, the engineering firm building the new Kolkata terminal:

https://plus.google.com/photos/100694619661379570636/albums/5726000844170172673?banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwrd1#photos/100694619661379570636/albums/5726000844170172673


https://plus.google.com/photos/100694619661379570636/albums/5726000844170172673?banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwrd1#photos/100694619661379570636/albums/5726000844170172673/5728117913497210834


Busy day time activity in the domestic terminal, of NSCBI airport : http://youtu.be/bvHAUpJbN0g
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shape of new integrated terminal : http://youtu.be/-ltCUZPK0x8

East side of Kolkata airport; lot of space to expand:
https://plus.google.com/photos/114054246124840826662/albums?banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwrd1#photos/114054246124840826662/albums/5083399241451157089/5083410408366126754

Foggy morning at the airport ? : http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=kolkata+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5138897942108473970

Kolkata airport apron area set up : http://www.flickr.com/photos/pherrari/3683810154

Take off from main runway using Kilo taxiway: http://youtu.be/mO2-Z-dPFAw
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trip report:
To the City of Joy and back, on Air India: Aug'11

http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12238.html

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Trip report:
To the City of Joy and back, on Air India: Aug'11

http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12238.html

Cheers, Sumantra.


Sumantra, thanks for posting the link here. I like the picture of two birds. Yes, there are lots of crows in Kolkata. Perhaps you used Kilo taxiway. Did you notice that?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabya99 wrote:

Sumantra, thanks for posting the link here. I like the picture of two birds. Yes, there are lots of crows in Kolkata. Perhaps you used Kilo taxiway. Did you notice that?

Thanks, Sabyasachi. No, I am not as observant as you are. From what you have written on this thread, the Kilo taxiway I guess, is one which is at the end of the secondary runway going north, which allows a plane to almost directly reach the take-off point on the north side of the main runway. Will it be possible to post some map link describing it? I am bad at recognising entities from inside an aeroplane, so videos will not really help me, here. The Google Maps image is possibly older than 2010, since the diagonal link from the end of the secondary runway to the main runway - will still need a plane to go about one-sixths of the main runway, use the turning pad, and then take off, heading south.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Kilo taxiway: Reply with quote

Sumantra, here is a picture of Kilo taxiway of Kolkata airport:
http://wikimapia.org/#lat=22.6670341&lon=88.4499127&z=16&l=0&m=b

This taxiway was built in 2010 and intersects main runway ( left side ) with a clearance of 10,000ft ( south bound ). All narrow body aircrafts could now avoid the turning pad on the north side of main runway ( 19L ) and take off south bound saving about 2-3 mins time per take off. This has increased the handling capacity of the airport considerably. I will describe a journey through this taxiway at a later date. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Google Maps has the same image, which precludes the use of about one-sixth of the runway, as I wrote. Where I went wrong was estimating the length of the remaining part of the runway, which you point out, is sufficient for narrow-bodies. You say that you will describe a journey through this taxiway at a later date. I hope that comes soon Smile
On a different note, is the Bankra mosque the controversial one, which is bang inside the airport premises, and is an active place of worship, with almost uninhibited access (or is this all past tense?)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Google Maps has the same image, which precludes the use of about one-sixth of the runway, as I wrote. Where I went wrong was estimating the length of the remaining part of the runway, which you point out, is sufficient for narrow-bodies. You say that you will describe a journey through this taxiway at a later date. I hope that comes soon Smile
On a different note, is the Bankra mosque the controversial one, which is bang inside the airport premises, and is an active place of worship, with almost uninhibited access (or is this all past tense?)
Cheers, Sumantra.


Kilo taxiway was built to reduce runway occupancy, by avoiding 19L turning pad. Now a days it is extensively used for lunching narrow body aircrafts south facing direction .
I don’t know whether it is used to reach 19L turning pad by wide body aircrafts ( in any case nearby alpha taxiway could be used by wide body aircrafts. ) It is a very useful addition in Kolkata’s infrastructure.

Bankra mosque is only 100ft away from secondary runway ( 19R ) turning pad and is inside the restricted area. As far I know batch of 5 to 10 worshippers are allowed to go inside escorted by airport security staff. It does not have unrestricted access to anybody. Now the location of this mosque is of no consequence as secondary runway extended to 10,300 ft on the south side. Such a length is good enough to lunch F class aircrafts. There are plans to built extended Fox taxiway by passing the mosque connecting 19L turning pad directly. We have to wait and watch. At this moment AAI is building a power turning pad very close to the mosque.
Yes, my next trip report is on the way, but we all are busy with Titanic stories now! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sabyasachi - that was very informative. Please pardon my ignorance, but what is a power turning pad, by the way?
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sumantra wrote:
Thanks Sabyasachi - that was very informative. Please pardon my ignorance, but what is a power turning pad, by the way?
Thanks, Sumantra.


I saw this term --power turning pad in airlines related site. Perhaps it means one or more aircraft could enter the turning pad and change its direction of movement without the help of any push tug. Such turning pads could launch several aircrafts in rapid succession.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:02 pm    Post subject: Picture of integrated terminal Reply with quote

An interesting you tube video about the new terminal , perhaps I didn’t post earlier:
http://youtu.be/zTLIp1Q4Xk4
I just found out this picture of under construction integrated terminal at Kolkata:
http://www.airliners.net/uf/72806/phpZYHxr6.jpeg
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabya99 wrote:
Such turning pads could lunch several aircrafts in rapid succession.

I hope that was a typo Sabyasachi, else...we may have unintentionally hit a possible reason for the withdrawal of many airlines from CCU Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest GE picture of the Kolkata airport’s integrated terminal. Somewhat outdated picture, may be 4/5 months old. Extended secondary runway and associated taxiways are complete. Even new ILS antenna clearly visible at 01L side.
http://wikimapia.org/#lat=22.6422815&lon=88.4394521&z=17&l=0&m=b
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Future plans about Kolkata airport ( phase II ) : http://www.aai.aero/misc/NofullstopsAAI_28.pdf

Phase II of expansion of Kolkata airport will start 2015-16. AAI estimates that current airport will get saturated by 2020-21 ( domestic flights ) while international flights will get saturated by 2023-24. AAI projects airport after modernization will handle much more traffic than stipulated 20 million. Current domestic terminal will remain active few more years.
Airport currently handles 300 movements daily and about 700 flights over fly its airspace. This makes air traffic over Kolkata fifth largest in the world (?) according to ICAO. So AAI is upgrading the air traffic control system to meet the challenges in coming years.
AAI also thinking of a third parallel runway in the east. They need 1200 acres of land which has already been identified. Out of these 500 acres belongs to Bengal govt. rest in private hands which needs to be acquired. They are not thinking of any angled runway system.
AAI also thinking of building parallel taxiway to main runway.
Both primary and secondary runways could handle F class aircrafts like A380/ B747.
18 aircrafts will be parked in-contact mode to the terminal supplemented by 53 remote parking bays.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: More pictures of Kolkata airport Reply with quote

Under construction terminal of NSCBI airport:
http://media.photobucket.com/image/kolkata%20airport%20new%20terminal/jeromedv/SAM_1998.jpg
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/multimedia/dynamic/00829/BL06_TPT_AIRPORT_829190f.jpg
http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/kolkuttaairport/images/4-kolkata-gardens.jpg

Aiming high with the new terminal:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_lP2m862e5Hw/TNYGoMRG_OI/AAAAAAAAAUs/8Wmb_GOa1GQ/airport.JPG
Aircraft movement data: http://ns.ibnlive.in.com/embeds/img/1103/trinamool-manifesto-table-11-220311.jpg

Map of new Kilo taxiway: http://lh6.ggpht.com/_lP2m862e5Hw/TRN0ACyCewI/AAAAAAAAAXI/HE8speMoe64/runway.JPG

View from cockpit of the main runway 19L with Kilo taxiway nearby:
http://www.asianwindow.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/runway.jpg
The four strong lights on left side are precision approach path indicator (PAPI ).

Ramp loading still going on at NSCBI airport : http://www.ballygunge.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/@-Kolkata-airport.jpg

A view of under construction Kilo taxiway ( 2009 ) linking secondary and primary runway:
http://media.photobucket.com/image/kolkata%20airport%20runway/jeromedv/Flight44.jpg
Runway layout at Kolkata airport after expansion: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/398/03zzplainbiguz0.jpg/sr=1

New master plan for Kolkata airport after several rounds of rebuilding : http://c1038.r38.cf3.rackcdn.com/group5/building41617/media/hzke_15zzmasterplanbigbj0.jpg
Night time view of construction site of the airport : http://c1038.r38.cf3.rackcdn.com/group5/building41617/media/hzke_15zzmasterplanbigbj0.jpg
Artist view of departure lounge at the new integrated terminal:
http://www.e-architect.co.uk/images/jpgs/india/kolkata_airport_rmjm030408_2.jpg

Various stages of development of Kolkata airport : http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/156/15zzexpansionbigsp3.jpg/sr=1
Roof panel of integrated terminal: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7032/6404058377_f9bc19fa9a_o.jpg
The lone aerobridge of old international terminal : http://www.calonline.com/images/natnews/kolkata_airport.jpg

NSCBI airport fire station: http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/48308004.jpg

Busy domestic terminal : http://www.flickr.com/photos/69514786@N05/6465541515/
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: More pictures of Kolkata airport Reply with quote

Thanks for a very pointed and informative post, consisting of a few old links, and painstakingly searched-out new ones!
Some notes:
- The map of the new Kilo taxiway was a nice find. This illustrates its use perfectly.
- Ramp loading `still' going in? I do not see anything wrong with bus gates, anywhere. Delhi's IGI T3 also has a few bus gates (42A, B and C) for small aircraft, though the aerobridges can get down quite a lot - I do not know why they are not used for the ATRs and CRJs. I find a bus gate interesting as it gives some really close-up views of aircraft - of course, provided there is no inclement weather.
- The link http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/398/03zzplainbiguz0.jpg/sr=1 does not show the Kilo taxiway. According to this, the secondary runway will be extended at both the north and south ends, which is good news.
- The links below are the same - can you please post the updated links, possibly in a new post - after removing them from the old one? It helps draw one's attention to only the changes

sabya99 wrote:

New master plan for Kolkata airport after several rounds of rebuilding : http://c1038.r38.cf3.rackcdn.com/group5/building41617/media/hzke_15zzmasterplanbigbj0.jpg
Night time view of construction site of the airport : http://c1038.r38.cf3.rackcdn.com/group5/building41617/media/hzke_15zzmasterplanbigbj0.jpg


sabya99 wrote:

The lone aerobridge of old international terminal : http://www.calonline.com/images/natnews/kolkata_airport.jpg
NSCBI airport fire station: http://www.calonline.com/images/natnews/kolkata_airport.jpg
and http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/48308004.jpg


- The lone aerobridge of old international terminal : http://www.calonline.com/images/natnews/kolkata_airport.jpg
Is it really that neat and clean, or is the light playing tricks? The other gate on the upper floor leads down to a bus gate.

This was a superb post, and was a pleasure to go through in detail.
Thanks, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sabyasachi, do we really believe that the new terminal will be ready in December? From what little I saw in my March 2012 trip, I sincerely doubt it. However, my views must be taken with more than a pinch of salt, since I am just a causal observer. I had also seen a strike banner on the premises. I would love to be proved wrong. Instances of construction completing in time, or before time include the Delhi Metro (but it had the magician E Sreedharan in charge), and of course, IGI Airport, Delhi.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Sabyasachi, do we really believe that the new terminal will be ready in December? From what little I saw in my March 2012 trip, I sincerely doubt it. However, my views must be taken with more than a pinch of salt, since I am just a causal observer. I had also seen a strike banner on the premises. I would love to be proved wrong. Instances of construction completing in time, or before time include the Delhi Metro (but it had the magician E Sreedharan in charge), and of course, IGI Airport, Delhi.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Sumantra, integrated terminal was originally designed with 180,000 sq. met. space, but now secretive organization AAI extended it to 230,000 sq.met. Naturally this will take some more time. I heard that south side of the terminal is complete and international division might relocate by Durga Puja. The domestic one will take longer time may be early next year. I am holding my trip to Kolkata till this terminal is open for business.

As regards my posts ,I had to search a large volume of web documents for these links and I did a lot of cut and paste; may be I mixed up some of them.
I will edit my post again and delete some duplicate posts as you indicated.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/New-terminal-ceilings-to-sport-Tagore-works/articleshow/13073376.cms

Latest Times of India report about Kolkata integrated terminal:

KOLKATA: The works of Rabindranath Tagore will adorn the ceilings of the new terminal of the Kolkata airport which will be the most passenger friendly one in the country. This was revealed by B P Sharma, airport director, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, on Wednesday. A portion of the ceiling will also have tube-lining to recreate a 'bamboo' effect, in keeping with the eastern part of the country.
"There was some delay in the project but this was not without reason. This terminal will be different from any other in the country. We have used tress-based technology due to which no columns are required inside the circulating area. We have also tried to make use of as much natural light as possible. In keeping with local sentiment, parts of Tagore's writings will adorn the ceilings. For this, special material is being screen-printed. We had to get this done through UK and Korea. Nothing like this has happened anywhere else in the country," Sharma said.
The new terminal will have a capability to generate 20 MW of electricity to carry out emergency operations even during a major power crisis. The issue of drainage is expected to be sorted out before long.
The new terminal will be completed by June and will commence operations by the Pujas, the airport director said. It will be able to handle 20 million passengers a year. At present, the airport has a capacity for only 4 million passengers though over 10 million use it every year. This is one reason for the poor amenities inside.
Sharma said the primary runway will also be relaid after the monsoons and modifications in the existing control tower will be completed in the next two to three months. This will ease operations to a large extent. There is no problem with capacity though (so far as flight operations are concerned) as the airport can handle up to 40 flights an hour with its present infrastructure. Only 25 flights an hour are handled now.
"I can assure you that the new terminal will be more passenger-friendly than Delhi," Sharma said, adding: "If the growth continues to remain at 19-20%, we will go in for a second development plan in 2016-17. A third runway will have to come up then. We will require additional land for this.
This infrastructure should suffice till 2030 when the number of passengers is expected to go up to 40 million per annum. While we have sorted out issues with Metro Railway and the airport should get connected to the network by 2014, a flyover to the VIP Road is also nearing completion. However, if we go in for further development in 2016-17, a second road connectivity to the city may be required."
According to him, Cathay Pacific is keenly watching the development and may start services to and from Hong Kong soon. A number of airlines, including Lufthansa, are keen to 'touch' Kolkata, Sharma added. While much of the work at the airport will be outsourced, Airports Authority of India staff will also undergo training from July to handle the state-of-the-art infrastructure in the new terminal. AAI will also offer 45 acres on the city side for commercial development. Investors will be invited to set up hotels, hospitals, offices and shopping malls on a public-private partnership basis.
Sharma also confirmed that the AAI is in charge of seven airports in West Bengal, including those at Asansol, Balurghat and Malda. Though flights don't operate from these locations, flights can operate from there at short notice.
The airport director was speaking at a session organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce. Subrata Paul, CEO and director of the Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd was also present. Paul said the airport at Andal in Durgapur will attain operational readiness by October and flights will start landing there by the end of the year. He chose to skirt the issue on objections by the ministry of coal though. Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh, during his visit to Kolkata recently, had said that the airport in Andal is facing some problems.
"We are in touch with airlines. There can be a daily ATR flight from Kolkata. There is also potential for two daily flights between Durgapur and Delhi. A Mumbai-Durgapur-Bagdogra service is also possible 3 to 4 days a week," Paul said.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SOME MORE PICTURES OF KOLKATA AIRPORT:

New integrated terminal construction team: http://youtu.be/c6yFGtVOC0U
Its source of granite stones are from Jodhpour.
Take off from secondary runway,day time: http://youtu.be/NEgZwoliBJQ and
http://youtu.be/SrtzIDCkEvY
Landing on main runway and taxing to south apron area: http://youtu.be/Ipt10_HkVA0 and
http://youtu.be/OKFFsiAdqPQ
City side view of the new integrated terminal from overhead airport link railway: http://youtu.be/qQ7Uoik4KQI

A DC-10 converted to flying eye hospital parked on the apron: http://www.thehindubusinessline.in/2005/02/18/images/2005021800652002.jpg
SIA jumbo jet on runway at NSCBI airport : http://aviationcareernews.blogspot.com/2010/10/singapore-airlines-plane-lands-in-india_07.html
ATC complex of Kolkata airport : http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/48307998.jpg
Tree lined domestic terminal of Kolkata airport : http://www.flickr.com/photos/60589728@N00/5828466732/
Nite time construction activity : http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/Kolkata_airport.jpg &
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nrvs/4280491215/
http://www.hindu.com/2011/01/13/images/2011011360850301.jpg
New integrated terminal construction going on : http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/multimedia/dynamic/00654/terminal_654686f.jpg
and http://www.dhapa.com/images/kolkata-airport-new-terminal.jpg &
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/66170323

Nite time lights at Kolkata runway system: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alam_photos/6621606989/
A view of crowded domestic terminal : http://0.tqn.com/d/goindia/1/0/f/-/-/-/kolkataairport.jpg & http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/101/kokataairportsakthivelvj1.jpg/sr=1 &
http://www.flickr.com/photos/85296574@N00/6497870331/ &
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/15395967 & http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46484295

Unloading of an AN-124 at NSCBI airport: http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Repository/getimage.dll?path=TOIKM/2011/08/14/3/Img/Pc0031000.jpg
Three phases of development of Kolkata airport : http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/156/15zzexpansionbigsp3.jpg/sr=1
City side view of Kolkata airport’s new terminal: http://i56.tinypic.com/2rwq70h.jpg
Another view of new terminal: http://media.photobucket.com/image/kolkata%20airport%20new%20terminal/jeromedv/SAM_1998.jpg
Domestic apron area in the evening: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/15395852
Turbo prop. operations from Kolkata: http://www.flickr.com/photos/77526737@N06/6798484868/in/photostream/ ,http://www.flickr.com/photos/77526737@N06/6944595419/in/photostream/ and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/77526737@N06/6970437315/in/photostream/
( Copyright Dipalay Dey )
Old International terminal : http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=nscbi+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5541270920249329186
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=nscbi+airport&psc=G&filter=1#5541270860161785378
( Copyright Ahon Sarkar)
Emirates A330 landing at NSCBI airport with jet engine reverse thruster open position: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=kolkata+airport&view=detail&id=06E4DEEFD32514976A595ED8C0173E8D6C96D44F&first=456
The two parallel runways before recent extension: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=kolkata+airport&view=detail&id=1651D185DC713007316276016CAF7796D535A2E7&first=386
Bridges on Hoogli river : http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Howrah+Bridge+In+Kolkata&view=detail&id=1C975FB75A0E576FEBE03DE465AD59BBE760F915&first=0 and
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Some+Images+Of+Kolkata&view=detail&id=CBF27E4ABD12D5FFD3B8D703010F5FB4B25B4F3A&first=701

NSCBI airport welcomes Hillary Clinton: http://youtu.be/rJaI2iluFE0
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabya99 wrote:

SIA jumbo jet on runway at NSCBI airport : http://aviationcareernews.blogspot.com/2010/10/singapore-airlines-plane-lands-in-india_07.html


Sabyasachi, sorry for nitpicking - I really do not want to take anything away from your lovely compilations.
The image and the news item are not in sync.
The image is of the ill-fated 9V-SPK, which had the horrendous accident at Taipei in the year 2000, or of its sister ship 9V-SPL, which was also painted in the special `Tropical' livery. After the 9V-SPK accident, 9V-SPL was painted back into the standard livery. In case these images were indeed taken at CCU, they must have been circa 2000, or before.
Cheers, Sumantra.


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Sumantra, thanks for the input. I need your valuable comments as I didn’t have this piece of information. Yes these pictures are not sync. as I collected then from large amount of web search. Very Happy
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No Sabyasachi, I meant this only with reference to this blog item.
http://aviationcareernews.blogspot.com/2010/10/singapore-airlines-plane-lands-in-india_07.html
The blog describes an incident, but gives a picture of a plane which was not involved in the incident. What caught my attention was the picture itself - of the ill-fated plane, or its sister ship.
On your posts - I really admire how you are able to dig out every small bit of information about CCU, and post it for our benefit, here!
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Air tickets to get cheaper with new navigation system

Jayanta Gupta, TNN May 13, 2012, 05.38AM IST (Times of India )
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-13/kolkata/31688932_1_navigation-system-gagan-flight-path


KOLKATA: It promises to be a double bonanza for fliers in Kolkata. Soon after they get to use the swanky new terminal that is nearing completion, flights are expected to get cheaper with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) switching over from a land-based navigation system to a satellite-based one. Kolkata is one of the fifteen locations in the country where an Indian Reference Station (INRES) has been set up to collect measurement data and broadcast messages from all GPS and GEO satellites to the Indian Master Control Centre (INMCC) in Bengaluru.
"Once Gagan - a project undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in association with AAI - becomes operational, it will free the airspace and flying will become cheaper," said Dr B P Sharma, director, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.
Gagan, short for GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation, is an indigenous system is expected to become functional as soon as the third Gagan payload is launched into space. The timeline for the project is to end in June, 2013, but officials believe that Gagan will become operational before that. Once this happens, India will be the fourth country in the world to have a satellite-based system that will allow seamless navigation over Indian airspace. Once Gagan becomes operational, India will no longer have to be dependent on the US for GPS data.
"Once Gagan is in place, airport Air Traffic Controls (ATCs) will be able to locate an aircraft anywhere with the help of satellites. This is not possible at present and pilots can only communicate with the ATCs when they are within range. Due to this limitation, pilots can't take a linear route from one point to the other but follow one that keeps them within range of one ATC or the other. A round-about route not only leads to more fuel consumption but also added flying time.
With Gagan, flights can fly directly from one point to the other. The system will also calculate parameters such as wind speed (from the opposite direction) that can reduce an aircraft's speed and use up more fuel. The new system will allow correction of a flight path accordingly," a source in ISRO said.
The data collected and transferred to the INMCC by INRES like Kolkata will be worked upon and the end result sent back in nanoseconds. This will ensure no delay in flight movement.
"Airlines will save on fuel and time. The stress will be lower on flight crews and air traffic controllers. As Gagan will provide more accurate co-ordinates, the mandatory separation between two aircraft will also come down substantially (as it is in the US). This will add to capacity. Most importantly, the higher level of accuracy will bring about greater safety for passengers. In a competitive market, airlines will certainly pass down some of their savings to passengers and flights will be cheaper," the source added.
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Completion of airport in Bardhaman by Sept'

The Hindu report : http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/article3425472.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

New Delhi, May 16:
The Government has granted ‘in-principle' approval for setting up of a domestic greenfield airport at Andal in Bardhaman district in West Bengal in 2008 to Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL).
The company has informed the Government that the construction works had already been started with scheduled completion date in September, Mr Shri Ajit Singh, Minister of Civil Aviation, informed the Lok Sabha.
(Although not directly related to Kolkata airport but this place is only 150 miles west of Kolkata!)
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...I'm not sure if this would actually see the light of day. This news looks more politically motivated than anything else. CCU still is not packed to capacity to necessitate an airport that close-by, in my opinion. This may be to hike up land prices in the area, or to pacify a certain group demanding the airport.
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sumantra wrote:
...I'm not sure if this would actually see the light of day. This news looks more politically motivated than anything else. CCU still is not packed to capacity to necessitate an airport that close-by, in my opinion. This may be to hike up land prices in the area, or to pacify a certain group demanding the airport.
Cheers, Sumantra.


This airport in question is Andal airport right in the middle of coal/steel industry region of western part of Bengal. There will be some local traffic here, besides if NSCBI airport gets crowded additional parking facility could be utilized here. They are also building a software park here. Let us hope for the best. Smile
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Dragonair plans to begin Kolkata-Hong Kong passsenger flight service
Ayan Pramanik ,Kolkata, May 23:

Dragonair, a sister airline of Cathay Pacific Airways, soon plans to operate a direct flight between Kolkata and Hong Kong four times a week.
The Kolkata-Hong Kong passenger flight service will be in addition to the airline’s daily flight from Bangalore.
The Hong Kong-headquartered airline is likely to start the service from Kolkata by October once it gets the airport authorities’ approval after the completion of integrated terminal of Kolkata airport, Mr Tom Wright, General Manger, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Dragonair, told newspersons here on Wednesday.
According to Mr Rakesh Raicar, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager, South Asia, Dragonair, the airline would increase the frequency in the near future.
“Sticking to the traffic rights, we will look forward to increase frequency. We will also modify the aircraft to increase capacity,” Mr Raicar said.

The Hindu report : http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/article3449013.ece
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This is Sabya’s Memorial day ( US ) post:
Construction of new Kolkata airport: http://youtu.be/qQ7Uoik4KQI
Landing at NSCBI airport : http://youtu.be/QNPkQB5tV9U , http://youtu.be/HI1sNG4teWc
Nite time take off: http://youtu.be/HnrlTe8l0so
Just a comparison : http://youtu.be/8i02H3IlVU0
Day time take off using Kilo taxiway: http://youtu.be/7wvn2HDYYB0
Inside Kolkata ATC tower : http://youtu.be/PLTms4h-R0w
Landing on main runway south side , amidst thunder and lightening: http://youtu.be/XYz85Lc1A3c
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New Kolkata ATC tower project has been delayed to phase II:
The Hindu report: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/article3486893.ece

According to officials, since automation of the ATC has been carried out at the existing terminal building, setting up a new tower at a cost of around Rs 300 crore will be done in the second phase of modernisation of the airport.
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Taxiways to speed up take-off

SANJAY MANDAL

At least one narrow strip of Calcutta is getting a move on — two taxiways and the extension of an existing taxiway were commissioned at the airport on Monday morning to decongest the runways.
This is the first time that three aircraft can simultaneously move towards the main runway for take-off. The move, for which preparations started more than six months back, is aimed at reducing waiting time for take-off.
“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently issued the safety clearance for these three strips. Two more taxiways on the same side of the runway are ready for commissioning,” said a senior airport official. “The stretches have been connected with the taxiway D, linked to the secondary runway.”
A taxiway is the path connecting runways with ramps, hangars and terminals. A plane after rolling out of the parking area uses the taxiway to reach the runway.
Till Monday’s commissioning, there were no proper taxiways for aircraft moving in and out of parking bays at the southern end of the runways. “We were forced to convert a parking bay into a taxi path for aircraft. This was unsafe and against the DGCA norms,” said an official.
The new taxiways are between 150m and 450m long. “These will allow us to keep more aircraft on hold near the runway before take-off during rush hours,” he added.

The Telegraph report : http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120605/jsp/calcutta/story_15568463.jsp
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At CCU yesterday evening, while taking off North-South on the main runway, I had a look at the apron at the end - there are two Kingfisher ATRs, and one Deccan 360 ATR, among others.
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Thanks for the information.
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...and to the layman's eye, there seems to be a huge lot of work left on the new integrated terminal, as seen landside, and from the air Sad
On a different note, we used your faourite Kilo taxiway, from the secondary to the main runway, went a bit further, used the turning pad, and took off, North to South, and turned right over the Hooghly.
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Sumantra, I don’t understand why you had to go to the 19L turning pad for takeoff. Kilo taxiway was designed to avoid that kind of movements. Perhaps there was another aircraft right behind you. As you went to the 19L turning pad that aircraft already took off south bound direction. By the time your turning pad business was over it had cleared the runway for you to take off. Previously NSCBI airport used to launch two aircrafts at a time this way. Once I was in a A300 followed by a Dornier,we used alpha taxiway; that was 1989.Both aircrafts cleared the runway in few minutes. But passengers of A300 will not realize that another aircraft was behind them. It was claimed that Kilo taxiway reduced runway occupancy considerably.
Yes, it is my favorite taxiway. I have monitored its construction from GE sitting in my New Jersey office. When it was complete it was happy enough! Very Happy
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`A little knowledge is dangerous' - this is very apt for my case. I guess what happened was like this: we crossed the secondary runway, entered the main one, went a bit north along the main runway, turned around (turning pad at the north end of the main runway), and then took off. The `L' and `R' completely confuse me, so I'll refer to the runways as the main and the secondary ones. The secondary runway was not in use. The time was just after 5pm on a Sunday. AI 701 was being operated by a 321, VT-PPN: pn, the `diode' plane.
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These are my 4th July ( US independence day) posts:

Landing on secondary runway south side: http://youtu.be/3iLy39D-cMk , http://youtu.be/UDoh3dpNJlM ( on main runway )
Takeoff from rain soaked main runway: http://youtu.be/b5pin32CWWQ
New integrated terminal only a few weeks ago: http://youtu.be/wmVSayTqJZ8
Another view of take off from Kilo taxiway: http://youtu.be/FRzXKuZgxTM Landing on main runway: http://youtu.be/U_8lqkkmutI
Extensive ramp loading operation at Kolkata airport: http://youtu.be/bvHAUpJbN0g
Kolkata airport Business class lounge : http://youtu.be/VFd0REnvU_w (not clear which terminal!)
Emirates take off from main runway on a rainy day : http://youtu.be/bXJbA17STPk
Nite time flight from CCU to DXB by Emirates Airbus : http://youtu.be/TkNAmwcE1dQ Take off from CCU main runway.
Nite sky over Kolkata and landing on south side of main runway : http://youtu.be/3fhDNuwv960
Traffic pattern over NSCBI airport: http://youtu.be/Ue09IFt7cB4
Daytime landing on secondary runway from north: http://youtu.be/1g5YrF42_LY
Nitetime landing at Kolkata airport and flight over VIP road/ salt lake : http://youtu.be/P-QalqmuRRM
Take off main runway: http://youtu.be/mO2-Z-dPFAw
Daytime landing on secondary runway, evidence of new construction activities in this area ( 19R ):
http://youtu.be/t5XKS4xCC5g
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