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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before they can think of becoming a hub they need to seriously look at their infrastructure, not only terminal wise but on the airside.

Anyway with the current state tax on ATF, they can forget about it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the airside at BIA problematic? What are the issues faced?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmm I meant the planning and efficiency....
Not very well thought out and executed L1, L2, L3 usage. It's an example of cheapness masking as 'efficiency'
No intersection departures from 09. Only one from 27 (if a 1300m shift even counts)
Almost the same for high speed exits.
Compare BIALs taxiways + runway + lighting/markings to HIAL- it's a huge difference.

Stuff like that....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stealthpilot wrote:
Hmmmm I meant the planning and efficiency....
Not very well thought out and executed L1, L2, L3 usage. It's an example of cheapness masking as 'efficiency'
No intersection departures from 09. Only one from 27 (if a 1300m shift even counts)
Almost the same for high speed exits.
Compare BIALs taxiways + runway + lighting/markings to HIAL- it's a huge difference.

Stuff like that....


Could you please translate that for the laymen like me? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stealthpilot wrote:
Hmmmm I meant the planning and efficiency....
Not very well thought out and executed L1, L2, L3 usage. It's an example of cheapness masking as 'efficiency'
No intersection departures from 09. Only one from 27 (if a 1300m shift even counts)
Almost the same for high speed exits.
Compare BIALs taxiways + runway + lighting/markings to HIAL- it's a huge difference.

Stuff like that....


Actually the day after I asked this question, we went spotting for a couple of hours in the morning. It was horrible watching all the waiting a/c just because the pushback was cleared, but then someone else was unable to taxi into the stand. I think the EK inbound and outbound was the worst hit, taking almost 20 minutes (rough estimate) from touchdown to reach the gate, and similar delays after push back as well.

No idea why the ground activity is not better optimized, surely for such a small airport and with such limited operations, there should be no delays for anyone?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:
stealthpilot wrote:
Hmmmm I meant the planning and efficiency....
Not very well thought out and executed L1, L2, L3 usage. It's an example of cheapness masking as 'efficiency'
No intersection departures from 09. Only one from 27 (if a 1300m shift even counts)
Almost the same for high speed exits.
Compare BIALs taxiways + runway + lighting/markings to HIAL- it's a huge difference.

Stuff like that....


Actually the day after I asked this question, we went spotting for a couple of hours in the morning. It was horrible watching all the waiting a/c just because the pushback was cleared, but then someone else was unable to taxi into the stand. I think the EK inbound and outbound was the worst hit, taking almost 20 minutes (rough estimate) from touchdown to reach the gate, and similar delays after push back as well.

No idea why the ground activity is not better optimized, surely for such a small airport and with such limited operations, there should be no delays for anyone?


BLR also has a much more seperation limit than DEL or BOM
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From: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/207810/kerbs-bia-closed-canopy-extension.html

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Kerbs at BIA closed for canopy extension

Beginning November 29, the existing inner kerb and the outer kerb at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) will be closed for the extension of the canopy in front of the terminal building.

Answering queries from Deccan Herald on the expansion of the terminal, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said: “During this time, traffic will be diverted to a temporary kerb, which is being constructed to the south of the existing kerb.”

Parking areas P4 (the 10-minute free parking) and P5 (premium parking) will be temporarily closed in phases during the construction of the temporary kerb. Appropriate signage has been installed to re-direct users to other parking areas.

To accommodate the temporary road construction work, some existing walkways have been closed. During this time, all airport users are directed to use the “central walkway” for entry or exit to the terminal building.

The new roads and the associated kerbs in front of the passenger terminal building will be commissioned shortly and the new kerbs will be connected to the terminal building through clear walkways, to which passengers will be directed by well-placed signage.

“As the airport readies itself to accommodate changes as part of the Terminal 1 expansion project, utmost care is being taken to ensure minimal impact on passengers travelling via the airport,” the BIAL said.

The closure of the existing roads and diversion to the new roads have been made to facilitate the construction of the roof structure and overhead canopy of the expanded terminal building. The overhead canopies will extend over 40 meters in front of the roof of the present terminal to provide shelter to passengers both in the inner and outer lanes.

“The safety and comfort of airport users is BIAL’s number one priority,” Hari Marar, President (Operations) said, adding that significant planning has been done to minimise the inconvenience to passengers. The terminal 1 expansion project commenced in June this year and is scheduled to be operational early 2013.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/214678/joy-air-bia-traffic-cargo.html

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Joy in the air for BIA as traffic, cargo movement multiply

Notwithstanding the biting winter chill that has caused several delays at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA), the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) will greet the new year with hopes that it will bring in more cheer.

For such was the year that has gone by. The BIA’s annual passenger traffic growth has gone up by 12 per cent this year as it attracted six new airlines, the highest compared to any other Indian airport.

Sanjay Reddy, BIAL Managing Director, said: “No national airline network can be complete without including Bangalore.” Annual air traffic movements grew by seven per cent, touching 1,16,851 movements and 12.53 million passengers for 2011 and the airport at present handles over 350 aircraft movements, servicing around 35,000 passengers per day.

“Since 2008 (the year it opened), it has grown by 54 per cent and continues to grow above the national average every year,” Reddy said, adding that besides this, the airport has seen the introduction of 15 new international airlines in the last three years with six of them in 2011 alone.

“Bangalore has the third highest domestic traffic in the country after Mumbai and Delhi, which makes it the busiest in the South of India. In keeping with this rapidly growing passenger traffic, the terminal expansion currently underway will enhance capacity and operational performance,” Reddy pointed out.

Currently, 35 airlines fly to and from BIA connecting over 55 destinations across the country and the world.

“...Newer routes are in the pipeline with more international airlines approaching the Bengaluru International Airport to start the operations,” Reddy said.

Besides, the airport’s annual cargo tonnage is growing at a rate of five per cent. The BIA handled 2.24 lakh metric tons of cargo in 2011.

The growth, BIAL said, is dominated by engineering goods, electrical and electronic goods and garments, while there is also a considerable amount of pharmaceutical and perishables which are handled at the airport.

“From an industry perspective, imports have also grown tremendously due to a high demand in electrical and electronic goods and machinery and spare parts,” airport authorities said.

In 2011, airport performance remained consistent displaying a steady improvement. On time performance of departure flights is one of the key indicators of airports efficiency and that averaged 85 per cent for the year touching a record of 91 per cent in the month of March 2011.
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New Airlines in 2011

Passenger:

* Etihad Airways
* Bangkok Airways
* Tiger Airways

Cargo:

* Cathay Pacific
* Qatar Airways
* Aerologic


New connections in 2011

Domestic:

* Indore n Imphal
* Baghdogra n Raipur
* Jorhat

International:

* Abu Dhabi
* Additional frequencies to Bangkok and Singapore


New introductions during T1 expansion

* Incentivised the use of additional check-in facilities i.e.
CUSS at the terminal and Express Check-in at the kerb
* Expanded swing areas to enhance seating capacity in the gate area
* Added screening infrastructure at security check points
* Proposed additional CISF manpower to GOI, approval
expected shortly

Passenger traffic

Passengers 2010 2011*
Domestic 9.07m 10.24 m
International 2.16 m 2.30 m
Total 11.23 m 12.54 m
* December figures are forecasted

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flights at Bangalore airport to be hit from March 11 to April 3
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tough times.....
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tough times.....
I have the inside story. Will try and post it tomorrow. Basically a complete failure of L&T.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Devesh wrote:
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Tough times.....
I have the inside story. Will try and post it tomorrow. Basically a complete failure of L&T.


I would have BIAL/GVK equally responsible. After the complete failure of L&T, the new contract is also going to L&T !
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Devesh wrote:
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Tough times.....
I have the inside story. Will try and post it tomorrow. Basically a complete failure of L&T.


Waiting for updates !
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-04/bangalore/31286702_1_bia-bengaluru-international-airport-toll

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Court keeps BIA road toll in abeyance

BANGALORE: In a relief to thousands of air travellers and commuters, a Devanahalli court on Tuesday stayed the collection of toll on the road leading to the Bengaluru International Airport.

Principal civil judge and JMFC Bhamini, who heard a petition filed by four lawyers against the contractor and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), ordered that no toll should be collected from the public until the case is disposed of.


Has the toll collection stopped at BIA?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Has the toll collection stopped at BIA?

It wasn't there yesterday, we were just waved thru no charge. Lets hope it lasts.

**edit - I meant i was there yesterday, no charge....
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Has the toll collection stopped at BIA?

It wasn't there yesterday, we were just waved thru no charge. Lets hope it lasts.


Well - given it was the "lowest" devanahalli civil court that issued the stay, it's likely to be quickly vacated based on the orders of a slightly higher up court IMO. What worries me is that stopping this toll should not give the NHAI/ others the "god given right" to delay the upgradation of the entire highway until the airport. Those "under construction" flyovers every few kms are a pain in the butt.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally, it looks like BIAL will be named as 'Kempe Gowda International Airport'.

It is better than naming it after any political leaders.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How long will the work go on at the airport ?

The closure is now over, but there is still closure of some 1 hour per day, half hour in the morning hours and another half hour in the evening hour.

I am surprised that the IT industry has not made noise about this airport closure.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am surprised that the IT industry has not made noise about this airport closure.


Honestly the IT industry couldn't give a damn, their ops are from midnight to 6 am (international ops), and the airport is open during those hours Smile.

That being said, if it's safety related repair work on the tarmac, I don't see much point in creating a fuss, got to ensure 100% safety.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ameya wrote:
I am surprised that the IT industry has not made noise about this airport closure.


Honestly the IT industry couldn't give a damn, their ops are from midnight to 6 am (international ops), and the airport is open during those hours Smile.

That being said, if it's safety related repair work on the tarmac, I don't see much point in creating a fuss, got to ensure 100% safety.


Yes, I hope this doesnt come up again in another 4 years time Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_dna-exclusive-bangalore-airport-is-third-eye-blind_1681802

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DNA exclusive: Bangalore airport is third eye blind

The city police, by fluke, have found how lightly Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is taking the terror threat posed to it despite being at the top of the hit list. Investigations into the murder of diamond merchant Manoj Kumar Grandhi, which occurred in the first week of February, led the police to this shocking truth.

The police were shocked at the absence of CCTVs in BIA’s driveway in front of its departure/arrival lounges, despite a long-pending assurance by the airport officials that at least 256 high-quality CCTVs (in addition to the installed 6Cool would be put up all over the airport premises, according to PS Gachchinakatti, ACP (International Airport Division).

The police had hoped to use the CCTV footage of the wee hours of February 7 to prove beyond doubt that Grandhi’s cab driver, KV Ravi Kumar, also his alleged murderer, had arrived in front of BIA’s departure lounge alone in his cab, and not with Grandhi as he had reported to his employer. The decomposed body of Grandhi, who was carrying `3 crore worth of diamonds, was found in Sakaleshpur forests on February 9.

The lack of adequate number of CCTVs at BIA has revealed how poor the security arrangements at the airport premises are. Gachchinakatti said the city police had directed BIA to install 300-odd high-quality CCTVs mainly to monitor baggage thefts, complaints of which have been pouring in ever since the international airport began operations in May 2008. They had said CCTVs could also help maintain surveillance on possible terror activities. Sources probing the case told DNA that the installed 68 CCTVs were of poor quality. As per the requirements, at least 256 more high quality CCTVs are required, they said.

The first DCP (North East), Basavaraja Y Malagatti, had written a letter to BIA Ltd officials on December 20, 2008, to beef up security in and around BIA as an apathetic attitude had been found among the airport authorities towards the security scenario despite it being high on the terror list.

Malagatti had requested installation of CCTVs in the VVIP lounge, air traffic control building, Indian Oil Corporation and Grid premises, cargo buildings, the fuel farm, at the first and second circles on the BIA approach road, near the trumpet junctions and at the driveways and parking lots.

Three-and-a-half years later, BIA has yet to meet these requirements. A senior BIAL official, not wanting to be named, said, “There is a need for installing 300 CCTVs, and final stages for procurement are on.”


CCTVs are a basic tenet of security, and it's surprising that BIA has skimped on this aspect!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A close relative was travelling today.

Booked PNQ-BLR (Change) BLR-CJB
Connecting time 1:10

Return today night,
CJB-BLR, connecting time 0:45 BLR-PNQ

Very good product so to say from 9W ex-PNQ, perfect day return

However, in the morning he was asked to come out from arrivals and go back from departures.

Most of the airports have a different gate for connecting passengers, apparently that is now closed at BLR.

Having experienced that, he shifted to a connected via HYD for the evening flight and happily came on SG

BLRs loss is HYDs gain ! all the way ...

Any idea whats wrong at BLR ?
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BLRs loss is HYDs gain

Even after the re laying of runway, BLR does not have a cat 2 ILS, no rapid exit taxiways, separation continues to be 7 NM and thus the runway can handle only 28 movements per hour

The terminal expansion again will not cater to laptop plug points, for a IT city it is shameful.

At the same time, when BLR was closed, HYD announced 24 x 7 x 365 operations by lifting NOTAM. When this partial downturn gets over, and airlines want to fly back again, all these things are going to matter a lot.
BLR will continue to have 2 days closures, 1 day at best !

Airport needs some serious change, these ad hoc expansions are not going to take it anywhere
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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However, in the morning he was asked to come out from arrivals and go back from departures.

Most of the airports have a different gate for connecting passengers, apparently that is now closed at BLR.


This is surprising, as there was indeed a gate (behind a cafe coffee day outlet) at the arrivals connecting directly to the departures. However the extra distance is barely 20 meters (10 meters extra to exit the arrivals gate, and 10m extra coming back in via departures), so either way it should not be a major difference. Perhaps the security guard manning the connecting gate was out for Chai and hence the pax was made to take the extra hops? In any case, if there's a facility, it should always be available, or clearly signposted with the operational hours. Hence this lack of a direct connection is not appropriate behaviour from BIAL.

The good thing is that the airport officials are generally very approachable (and there are signs placed sporadically with contact details), so the passenger should call the airport ops center and check with them. For future reference, the numbers are also at: http://www.bengaluruairport.com/ourBusiness/contactUs.jspx
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking further at the website, it still claims to have a transit gate - http://www.bengaluruairport.com/airportInformation/transitPassengers.jspx

So hopefully this was a one off aberration...
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I am aware about the gate, but it should be somewhere more closer, when you are selling a 40 minute connection.
At current times, when BLR terminal is a chaos, 40 mins is not comfortable

The airline and airport should work towards the same.

Interestingly, even in BOM, the connecting pax gate is immediately after the passenger comes to arrivals and gate opens directly in security check/hold area of departure.

However, for BLR to go to security from the connecting gate is still a distance - which is not a very good design so to say
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Perhaps the security guard manning the connecting gate was out for Chai and hence the pax was made to take the extra hops?

Very Happy

Only in India. In the rest of the world, if a staff member is missing from their duties, they write to management. In India, we say "oh, he must have gone out for Chai"

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Only in India. In the rest of the world, if a staff member is missing from their duties, they write to management. In India, we say "oh, he must have gone out for Chai"


While I understand the humor in this, just want to clarify that I definitely was not suggesting that the pax not write to management, in face I've provided ways to contact the mgmt in the same post...
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Nimish wrote:

While I understand the humor in this, just want to clarify that I definitely was not suggesting that the pax not write to management, in face I've provided ways to contact the mgmt in the same post...


It was clear from the original post as well, don't worry Smile

Contacting mgmt probably won't do much though - the letter reader is probably on chai break him/herself. Razz
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ameya wrote:
BLRs loss is HYDs gain

Even after the re laying of runway, BLR does not have a cat 2 ILS, no rapid exit taxiways, separation continues to be 7 NM and thus the runway can handle only 28 movements per hour


CAT II ILS for BIAL which doesn't get fogged in, like North India? What for? Even BOM doesn't have anything better than CAT I ILS, and that too, just for the Main Runway. It has to depend on the regional Weather and Visibility conditions. Afterall, an investment as that needs a justification of prolonged Low visibility, like North India!

I don't know much about Bangalore Weather, but haven't heard of BLR getting heavily fogged out regularly.

AFAIK, BIAL already had very functional RETs. API Photogs and Members over here, who spot regularly can pitch in on this, cause they must be noticing things like how many Aircrafts miss the already built RETs on an average and then cause increased ROT.

The 7NM separation is probably a DGCA diktat that all Airports/AAI/ATCOs have to abide by. At present, from what i've read in the papers, BOM is lobbying to reduce the Separation to about 5NM, and then further down to 3.5NM.
Till then, one really can't do anything!

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The terminal expansion again will not cater to laptop plug points, for a IT city it is shameful.


Oh! Thats sad, if true. But i think, Terminal Design is something like a continuous process, specially the amenities part. Lets wait and watch. But if its true, then that would be a shocker of sorts to have come from GVK stables, which is designing a highly functional Terminal at BOM.

ameya wrote:
Airport needs some serious change, these ad hoc expansions are not going to take it anywhere


Again, trust GVK to be on it already. Maybe they may have already set the ball rolling, by commissioning some studies on the future growth, Pax Capacity estimates, etc.

All these views come from observing their efforts of building the extremely complex Integrated Terminal T2 at BOM, given the mammoth nature of difficulties. An example of their commitment can be found in this video, which although promotional, gives a glimpse of their plans to build a world-class, and yet very functional Terminal.

LINK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVhLXchY3qw
The Remarks have more details, for those interested in reading more about this behemoth.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Personally I am aware about the gate, but it should be somewhere more closer, when you are selling a 40 minute connection.
At current times, when BLR terminal is a chaos, 40 mins is not comfortable

However, for BLR to go to security from the connecting gate is still a distance - which is not a very good design so to say


The gate is immediately after baggage claim, so that part is taken care (no further optimization possible).

Given the geography of the airport, this transit point is exactly at the check-in counters of the departures terminal. It cannot automatically become the security hold area as that is geographically separated, and there's a minutes walk - hardly significant.

If the pax does not have the connecting boarding pass, he anyway needs access to the checkin counters. For instance if pax taking a different airline for the 2nd hop, he'd need to visit the check in counters as well.

Hence while there's always scope for minor improvements (and the transit gate being closed is a bad thing), the position of the transit gate is pretty much optimum.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rutvij wrote:
I don't know much about Bangalore Weather, but haven't heard of BLR getting heavily fogged out regularly.

BLR does get about 20 days of fog a year, which does disrupt flight ops significantly on those days. At least 2-3 days in a year have long/ dense fog which means a couple of hours of disruptions. Hence there's certainly a need for fog friendly ops.

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The 7NM separation is probably a DGCA diktat that all Airports/AAI/ATCOs have to abide by. At present, from what i've read in the papers, BOM is lobbying to reduce the Separation to about 5NM, and then further down to 3.5NM.
Till then, one really can't do anything!

The DGCA really needs to wake up!
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple of points in reply to all the above points.

Separation - The DGCA assessment is based on the ground infrastructure in terms of parallel taxiway, its distance from the active runway, rapid exit taxiways and its alignment in terms of which runway is in use majority of the times.
The 7NM limit at BLR is in place because BLR does not have the RET required to enable reduction in separation.
BOM has seen reduction in this limit and thus increase in movements after last years main runway closure which enabled RETs

CAT 2 - AAI ( ATM ) has been requesting for a Cat 2 ILS at BLR time and again however BIAL has not installed it yet. It comes under the purview of BIAL.

Connecting Gate - Yes, I am aware where the gate is, but I think BOM has a gate which is even better connected. When BLR claims to give connections with just 40 minutes of connecting time, it needs to be even inside than where it is ! ...and comparing that with BOM/HYD, BLR doesnt seem to be upto the mark
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Separation - The DGCA assessment is based on the ground infrastructure in terms of parallel taxiway, its distance from the active runway, rapid exit taxiways and its alignment in terms of which runway is in use majority of the times.
The 7NM limit at BLR is in place because BLR does not have the RET required to enable reduction in separation.


Interesting, though I thought BLR had enough Rapid Exit Taxiways. Perhaps I'm wrong on that front...
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/bengaluru/bia%E2%80%99s-new-terminal-have-bigger-lounge-check-area-553

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BIA’s new terminal to have bigger lounge, check-in area

Bigger lounge and check-in area, 12 self check-in counters and six immigration and six emigration counters and six more baggage reclaim conveyor belts are some of the features the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) will add to its T1 Terminal, which is being expanded. Over 77,209 square metres will be added to the new terminal with 37 extra check-in counters, a VVIP building and smoking lounges.

The new infrastructure will be made available in phases, starting early 2013. In a statement on Monday, the Bangalore International Airport Limited said keeping in view the 24X7 operations of the terminal, work has been progressing at a steady pace without causing any disruptions to passengers. The construction work at the terminal is on either sides of the building with the wave-like roof structures and columns. To enable a seamless integration of the new terminal with the old, temporary protective walls on the sides of the terminal building are being constructed to remove the existing walls. The roof of the building is being extended to the sides as well as to the front.

Four temporary walkways have been constructed to provide access to the terminal during construction phase to provide a safe passage. “Adequate arrangements have been made to ensure passenger convenience by providing sufficient way finding signage and by deploying of additional staff to assist the passengers,” BIAL said.

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope in all the bigger areas they have charging point for laptops
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/new-services-at-bengaluru-international-airport/261164-60-119.html

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New services at Bengaluru International Airport
The Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) has unveiled a host of new services for passengers as part of its fourth anniversary celebrations.
The services include Pause Lounge Bar and Restaurant, Chai Point, Hatti Kaapi, Wangs Kitchen and Nammoora Halli Mane


The Hatti Kaapi is outstanding - it's been open for a couple of months already, and has maintained it's standards and pricing (Rs. 15 for a cup of lovely filter coffee). Don't know about the rest, and I wonder if the Pause Lounge Bar is on the domestic or intnl part?
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/252008/men-preferred-machines-check-smuggling.html

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Men preferred to machines to check smuggling at BIA

The City is slowly becoming a hub of smuggling, especially through the airport route, forcing officials of Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) and the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to effect some changes in the security system.

Goods that were earlier being smuggled out of other routes and airports in South India, including protected animals from the waters of the east coast, are now being stealthily whisked out of the BIA.

Having intercepted many such culprits in the past year, the Customs department has advised BIAL authorities to convert their departure checking systems from automated to manual, since automated systems do not detect live goods like sea cucumber or tortoises.

A well-placed source in the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Customs told Deccan Herald: “About 70 per cent of the checking in the departure section was automated. Now, we have converted that to 40 per cent and 60 per cent is manual. We feel that this will help us curb outward movement of contraband from the City.”

The customs is also in constant touch with the CISF and BIAL officials and several meetings have been held between the authorities.

“The BIAL officials have co-operated to the fullest. We have also briefed CISF personnel and airport officials to look for certain goods in particular when manual checking is done. We will also see to it that some of our officials are present at these counters when we have concrete intelligence,” the source said.

The AIU seized about 483 live star tortoises being smuggled out of the country by an Indian national — Mudhar Maidheem Nahur Meeran — on May 7. The officials stopped Meeran at the BIA based on credible information. It is to be noted that Meeran has a history of smuggling, but this was the first time he was caught.

Similarly, the AIU had arrested Sri Lankan father and son duo –– Mohammed Rafeek Mohideen and Mohammed Rafad Mohammed Rafeek –– at BIA when a consignment of sea cucumbers was in the process of being smuggled out to Singapore in December last.

Both these contrabands are protected under the Customs Act, 1962, (read with Wildlife Protection Act, 1972). Even Mohammed Rafad was a habitual offender. Customs officials said he was also booked by officials in Chennai for smuggling sea horses in August 2010, and the matter is sub judice in Chennai.

Also, a consignment of 31,520 micro SD 2 GB memory cards were seized while they were being smuggled to Delhi from Bangalore by Rosy Bhatia in January this year.

Officials said smugglers are beginning to use Bangalore as the transit point as other airports in South India, which have already been recognised as smuggling points, have become strict.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:
BLR does get about 20 days of fog a year, which does disrupt flight ops significantly on those days. At least 2-3 days in a year have long/ dense fog which means a couple of hours of disruptions. Hence there's certainly a need for fog friendly ops
BIA gets disrupted for at least 2+ hours at least 22 days each year. This number has been increasing every since the airport opened, but I do not know the numbers from last year. In 2010~2011 winter the number was 29.
rutvij wrote:
The 7NM separation is probably a DGCA diktat that all Airports/AAI/ATCOs have to abide by. At present, from what i've read in the papers, BOM is lobbying to reduce the Separation to about 5NM, and then further down to 3.5NM.
Till then, one really can't do anything!

Nimish wrote:
The DGCA really needs to wake up!
Part of the problem is ATCOs. BIA is a metro airport with very high peak traffic, yet it is staffed by ATCOs from Jabalpur, Dibrugarh, etc. Airports which would get 1 or 2 flights a day. Its a huge scale-up to 30+ flights an hour. Pilots are also part of the problem. US pilots frequently complained to me about Asian pilots in general being too slow (by US standards) in responding to LAX/SFO ATCOs. Hence longer separations in the air, lower capacity on the ground.

Couple these two and reduction of separation becomes an issue that needs to looked at and implemented very carefully.

I agree that separation at airports needs to be reduced to 1 minute but there are systemic limitations like this. As another example, the habit of most, if not all, Indian pilots to go heavy on the reversers after touch-down, and then crawl till the rapid exit.

If I remember a senior ATCO correctly, the tower ATCO needs to give the pilot of a landing aircraft final landing clearance 30 seconds from touch-down i.e. about 250 feet decision height time. The ATCO cannot give this clearance till the runway is clear of the landing aircraft i.e. its tail is x feet away from the runway edge. So if a preceding aircraft takes more than 30 secs from touchdown to clearing the runway that would demand a go-around. We would be flooded with too many stories from TimesNow about how "150 passengers had a miraculous escape when their plane almost landed on top of another." Smile

But these should only be issues that must be corrected by advanced training rather than become excuses for not increasing systemic efficiency.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.livemint.com/2012/05/31205921/Karnataka-govt-notifies-land-t.html?atype=tp

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Karnataka govt notifies land to set up IT park north of BIAL

Taking advantage of the location of Bangalore’s international airport, the Karnataka government has initiated a process to set up an information technology (IT) park on 50 sq. km of land north of the city.

As part of the Union government’s special investment region scheme, the state government in early May issued a preliminary notification to build an IT investment region (ITIR) on 2,082 acres of land at Devanahalli.

The first phase of the ITIR will come up 13-15km north of the Bangalore airport, said Hari Kumar Jha, managing director of Karnataka State Electronics Development Corp. Ltd, the nodal agency to implement the project.


Going this far North of BIAL is quite courageous - I wonder if there'll be any uptake for this area?
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