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Kolkata ( NSCBI ) Airport: past, present and future.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holiday rush for air tickets
https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170311/jsp/calcutta/story_140164.jsp#.WMNTn9QrLGg

March 10: A Bangalore-based IT professional who decided at the last moment to spend Holi with his family back in Calcutta had to shell out Rs 19,000 for a flight tonight.
That's Rs 10,000 more than what airlines usually charge for a last-minute ticket on the route.
Naktala resident Surjyasikha Das missed the 7.40pm Duranta Express for her journey back home from Delhi yesterday. Desperate to return home in time for Holi, the management teacher at JIS University started looking up for airfares but the cheapest on offer was Rs 16,000, more than double the average price on the route.
As thousands working outside Bengal are flying home on the eve of the Dol-Holi weekend, one-way airfares to Calcutta are soaring to the sky in response to the surge in demand.
The surge is in sync with a pattern that has become familiar over the past several years, resulting from Bengal's bleak industrial scene.
The lack of job opportunities is prompting educated youths of the state to flock out in search of a satisfying career. A large number of them fly back home on festive occasions.
"It has been observed over the past several years that the prices of inbound tickets go up at the start of a festive season. Outbound fares, on the other hand, surge once a festival gets over and people fly out to their workplaces," a travel industry insider said.
A one-way fare from Mumbai to Calcutta was varying between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000 on a portal for booking air tickets tonight. The average one-way fare on the route, tour operators say, is Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000.
The Calcutta-Mumbai fare has gone up too - to Rs 15,000 - but it was still much less than the inbound fare.
To put things in perspective, a round trip to Bangkok usually costs around Rs 16,000.
"Inbound airfares surge before long weekends as hundreds of professionals working outside the state return. But this weekend the fares to Calcutta from cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai have escalated to a level usually seen during the Puja," said Anil Punjabi, chairman, east, Travel Agents Federation of India.
The fares from Calcutta to these cities were below Rs 10,000 tonight.
Airline officials said seats were filling up fast this evening and most Calcutta-bound flights in the late hours had one or two vacant seats left. "The fares are going up every hour for Calcutta-bound flights," said Debjit Ghosh, regional sales, head (east), SpiceJet.
Airport officials said they recorded a spurt in the passenger footfall in the arrival lounge this evening and the trend continued for several hours.
Comment: A state without its white color population will not last long. Babus wake up !
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green field airport project at Sikkim ( Pakyong Airport ):

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Greenfield+Airport+Pakyong/@27.233213,88.5892754,448m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x39e6a6f040d934d7:0xaccc3415d6a00fde!2sGreenfield+Airport+Pakyong!8m2!3d27.226356!4d88.5876302!3m4!1s0x39e6a6f040d934d7:0xaccc3415d6a00fde!8m2!3d27.226356!4d88.5876302?hl=en

The airport is being built by the AAI at an estimated cost of 605 crore[2] featuring a 1,700 m ◊ 30 m (5,577 ft ◊ 98 ft) runway and a 116 m (381 ft) long taxiway connecting it to an apron measuring 106 by 76 metres (348 ft ◊ 249 ft) that can accommodate two ATR 72 aircraft at a time.
Also under construction are a terminal building measuring 2,380 m2 (25,600 sq ft) with a capacity of 100 passengers, a car park for 80 vehicles and a fire station cum Air Traffic Control Tower. The airport is expected to have navigation facilities such as NDB, DVOR, High Intensity Runway Lights (HIRL), airport beacon, and a PAPI.[8]
The land for the airport was carved from the mountainside using massive geotechnical 'cut and fill' engineering works. These state-of-the-art geogrid soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation techniques were employed as traditional retaining structures and embankments were ruled out as being unfeasible. Irish geotechnical company Maccaferri executed the project that envisaged a 550 m (1,800 ft) wide, 1.7 km (1.1 mi) long corridor on which the runway and airport buildings are to be constructed. Will be functional by 2017-18 and the latest addition of high altitude Himalayan airports list.
( From Wikipedia )
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabya99 wrote:
Green field airport project at Sikkim ( Pakyong Airport ):
Thanks for the update, Sir. In case I get lucky, I may be able to have a dekko at this site sometime this year.
On a different note, I am just back from your favourite city. Calcutta.
Some notes:
- Lots of infra projects all around. I could hardly recognise the route from VIP road through the EM bypass to the Jadavpur connector
- Reorientation at CCU T2. More immigration counters. I came in on my favourite flight AI 020: an international connector. The entire immigration area has been expanded, and re-organised. Looks good!
- The South-East end construction is on in full swing. The F-27 looks to have been broken up as the land around it comes under construction. The Biju Patnaik DC-3 and the HS-748 look as they looked like, over the past 4-5 years.
- The terminal has many more F&B outlets.
- Overall, the terminal has been maintained well
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the update. Sikkim needs an airport no matter how small the runway is.
Yes Kolkata airport/VIP road area is getting very crowded. Metro rail link is essential. But the real change is taking place inside the airport. New apron construction in the East and other places will make the airport unrecognizable. But we have to wait years. I follow these developments from the sky! Let us hope for a better Kolkata!
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Jet Airways launched the first direct flight between Mumbai and Bagdogra on Sunday. The flight was given a water salute when it made the first landing at Bagdogra.
So far, Calcutta and Delhi were other metros which were connected to Bagdogra through non-stop flights. There are other flights between Mumbai and Bagdogra but they have stopovers at other airports.
The Jet Airways flight leaves Mumbai at 10.05am and arrives at Bagdogra at 1pm. The return flight would depart at 1.35pm and reach Mumbai at 4.35pm.
"The bookings are encouraging. This is the longest flight in terms of duration from Bagdogra. It is a major development and will help bring in more passengers to the region. As of now, around 22 flights operate out of Bagdogra everyday. The number will increase in due course," said Rakesh Sahay, the Bagdogra airport director.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170327/jsp/siliguri/story_142904.jsp#.WNkLy9IrKvF
Comment: Hope some day Bangalore/MAA will also be connected with North Bengal.
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Will the UK and US drop from Kolkatansí favourite summer holiday destinations?
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/will-the-uk-and-us-drop-from-kolkatans-favourite-summer-holiday-destinations/articleshow/57842843.cms

KOLKATA: School exams are almost over and most smitten by the travel bug are expected to begin planning their summer vacations now. But two recent events in the United States of Americaand United Kingdom have posed a new question. Will Kolkatans prefer to give the US and UK a miss and try out other travel destination during the summer months?

Concerns are there though it's a little too early to press the panic button, said travel agents. "Students have just finished their exams. People have begun planning their summer vacations. We have noticed some apprehensions among travellers as far as travelling to US and UK on vacation during the summers. They have been checking out other destinations," said Anil Punjabi, chairman (east) of the Travel Agents' Federation of India,


However, Punjabi also pointed out that public memory is short. Soon, they might forget about these hassles. UK has always been a good travel destination for Kolkatans, Punjabi said. This year, the added incentive is the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy that is scheduled to be held in England and Wales between June 1 and 18. There is always a chance of Kolkatans making a beeline to UK during that time of the year.


Sajan Kumar Gupta, who is the eastern chapter chairman of Outbound Tour Operations of India (OTOAI), said "Travel of students and techies to the US might be affected. Those who really want to visit the US will opt for flights that take a route which avoids Abu Dhabi." On cancellations of UK trips, Gupta said, "If people cancel their summer trips to UK citing the terror attack as a reason, I'd say that they want to avoid the UK for other reasons. The terror attack will come across to me as just an excuse for them to cancel a vacation during summers to England."


As for the new summer destinations, Punjabi said that he is now seeing a lot of takers for Sri Lanka, Burma and China apart from the evergreen destinations like Bangkok, Singapore and Malaysia. "Direct flights are available to Sri Lanka. I see the demand to visit Sri Lanka picking up. Many want to explore Burma. Even China has takers. Some are also wanting to opt for Australia and New Zealand since it will be cold there when we have summers here," Punjabi said.


Gupta is predicting a rise in Kolkata tourists to Croatia and Japan during the summers. "Croatia is emerging as another favourite. Some even want to try out Japan. However, I wouldn't advice travellers to opt for Sri Lanka during the summers because of the weather conditions there," Gupta said.
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