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Kolkata ( NSCBI ) Airport: past, present and future.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheap flights to 11 places
https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/cheap-flights-to-11-places-206483


Dum Dum: Air Deccan, which pioneered low-cost air travel in India, will operate flights to 11 destinations from Calcutta starting this month under a regional connectivity scheme that caps fares at Rs 1,400-1,800 for most routes.
The airline will fly to Jamshedpur, Cooch Behar, Andal in Durgapur, Bagdogra and Rourkela, besides Shillong, Dimapur, Aizawl, Agartala, Silchar and Imphal.
Captain G.R. Gopinath, the chairman of Air Deccan, said on Monday that the first Calcutta-Jamshedpur flight would take off on February 15. By the third week of February, he expects the other routes to become operational.
"We will have two Beechcraft 1900D aircraft based in Calcutta. These are 19-seater planes. The aircraft are expected to reach Calcutta within a week,"
One of these aircraft will fly to Jamshedpur, Cooch Behar, Andal, Bagdogra and Rourkela. The second one will be for the Northeast routes.
The airline had bid for these routes under the central government's UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, which aims to revive airports equipped to handle commercial flights but are still not operational.
Gopinath said half of the 18 paid seats - one is reserved for the flight attendant - would be priced lower. Under UDAN, subsidy is extended to an airline as "viability gap funding", 80 per cent by the Centre and 20 per cent by the state. "Fares from Calcutta will be between Rs 1,400 and Rs 1,800 for most of the sectors. For the longest sector, the maximum fare will be Rs 2,000," Gopinath said.
If a passenger travelling to Jamshedpur books early, the fare will be Rs 1,400. For Shillong, the lowest fare will be around Rs 1,800. Air Deccan will sell nine seats on each flight for Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000.
Comment: Why such small aircraft ? They should have used ATR-72!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabya99 wrote:
Why such small aircraft ? They should have used ATR-72!
An AT7 is an overkill for the low demand, and costlier to operate.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newly installed solar power generating system at Kolkata airport: https://youtu.be/uVDMYTzoB1s What a waste of parking space !
Updated picture of NSCBI airport : https://youtu.be/QsSSAD0iWcA Vast parking area still short of aircraft parking spot.
Dreamliner take off from the newly extended south side of secondary runway: https://youtu.be/fpfY3Y99_aw
Satellite images of new DOKLAM related built up in north Bengal airports:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42834609 Both Hasimara and Bagdogra airports will play a front line role in neutralizing PLA air force in and around Lasha area. IAF donít ignore these two airports!
Indian Mig 25 breaks the sound barrier over Islamabad (20 years old news) ; https://youtu.be/8Ci0Z9Gy_6s
Take off at Kolkata and landing at MAA: https://youtu.be/hWLwSHD9bkM
Departure from Kolkata airport: https://youtu.be/70pMbvzOmcc . Vast space in the East amidst solar panels .
Landing at Kolkata airport on November 12th, 2017: https://youtu.be/NHdg5CLkBsQ . New parking lot C 5 clearly visible. Also new narrow body (?) parking spot construction going on.
Night time landing of A320 on main runway: https://youtu.be/ca731e_F0vY ; https://youtu.be/-iZvCh01CtU
Take off at Kolkata and landing at Bagdogra: https://youtu.be/naboAdidXUo
Bhutan to New Delhi over Mt. Everest: https://youtu.be/M0YvHX2J8RU
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

moved to Civil Aviation as the this thread has been consistently active.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
moved to Civil Aviation as the this thread has been consistently active
Good decision Aseem: Dr.Ganguly's dedication towards this thread is incredible!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boost for Bagdogra airport
Night landing system to function on March 29


The Telegraph ( Kolkata )

Siliguri: The Bagdogra airport will get the instrument landing system (ILS), the Airports Authority of India said in a notification on Thursday.
The system will start functioning from March 29, according to the notification, issued by AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra.
"It is a major development and it will boost services at the airport," Rakesh Sahay, airport director, Bagdogra, said.
"Operational heads of all commercial airlines have been formally informed. Once ILS is commissioned, it would cut down flight cancellations or delays because of inclement weather or poor visibility."
The airport that is a civil enclave - the air traffic control and the runway are under the air force - has seen a massive surge in the number of flights and passengers over the past few years.At present, 24-odd flights operate every day from 11am to 7pm, with the last flight departing at 6.25pm. The AAI now plans to run flights from 6am to 10pm.
"There had been a long-standing demand for ILS from all quarters because flights get cancelled during winter and the monsoon because of poor visibility," Sandipan Ghosh, general secretary, Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operators' Association, said. "Also, there's no flight in the late evening hours or in the early morning hours."
About a year ago, all work for the commissioning of the ILS was done, an AAI official said. These include installation of sophisticated gadgets at the ATC, putting strobe lights at the end of the runway and expanding the runway.
"The runway is 9,000ft long, with the strobe lights extending another 750m. Usually, a minimum visibility of 1,200m is needed for flights to land in Bagdogra. But once the ILS is commissioned, this will drop to 350m," an AAI official said.
The AAI has sought land from the state government for expansion of the terminal building. "We are making best use of the existing space in the building. The state government is still to respond," an AAI official said.
"Once the ILS is commissioned, airlines will have to change the schedule of their flights. If the existing flights are spread over 16 hours, it would help reduce the congestion at the airport."

Comments: At last light at the end of tunnel. Hope IAF will not interfere with its smooth operation.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calcutta flight from Feb. 28
(The Telegraph,Kolkata )

Jamshedpur: Flight services between Jamshedpur and Calcutta will commence from February 28 with operator Air Deccan promising an introductory fare of Rs 999 including all taxes.
"We are eager to provide services under Udan (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme to the people of Jamshedpur," said Air Deccan CEO G.K. Anantharaman, citing procedural issues for the delay in launching the service that it was meant to start in September 2017 but was postponed at least three times.
"We will also have flights from Calcutta to Agartala and Shillong commencing from the same date," said the former Tata Steel employee - he was a deputy manager - who used to live in Kadma in the late 1990s.
The introductory fare the airline was offering was less than the AC first class fares of Howrah-Tatanagar Steel Express (Rs 1,260) and Howrah-Mumbai Duronto Express (Rs 2,000). Air Deccan will be using an 18-seater Beechcraft1900 D airplane.
Tickets can be booked online at www.airdeccan.co.in. The flight will leave Calcutta at 12.45pm and reach Jamshedpur's Sonari Airport at 1.45 pm. It will leave Jamshedpur at 2.10 pm and reach Calcutta at 3.10pm, operating six days a week, barring Sundays.Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, during a visit to the steel city on January 9, admitted that the launch of the Jamshedpur-Calcutta flight service had been delayed by Air Deccan that won the bid for the route under the UDAN scheme. But, the minister clarified that Air Deccan would lose its right on the route if it did not start services by February 15.
"They (Air Deccan) sought a few days time after February 15, citing procedural delays but promised to launch the service by the last week of February. We have accommodated their request since awarding the route to the next bidder would delay the launch again," said G.K. Chaukiyal, member operations of Airport Authority of India (AAI).
Flight services between Jamshedpur and Calcutta started in 2007 with Air Deccan. But the services had to be stopped after Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) imposed load restrictions on flights due to the short runaway at the Sonari aerodrome. At the time, Air Deccan was using ATR-32 planes.
Subsequent efforts in 2009 and 2010 were also short lived.
Industrialist Inder Agarwal, who used to avail of the Calcutta flight services, welcomed the start of the new Air Deccan flight.
"We hope the government incentive to private airlines, and the low fares, will make the operation viable," said the president of Adityapur Small Scale Industries Association.
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