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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.businessworld.in/businessworld/businessworld/content/Runaway-Success.html?print=yes

Interesting how BIA's relatively "Plain Jane" status is helping it become the only profitable private airport in India.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ Very nice article - thanks for posting Bala!

This was something new I learnt:
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It also taught the airport administration to operate like one of the low-cost airlines that they were serving. Bhaskar Bodapati, director of finance at BIAL, says the airport spends money “if and only if” one of four objectives is furthered: better customer experience, higher efficiency, increased safety or a long-term reduction in the cost structure. “If one of these four objectives is not met, we simply don’t spend on whatever proposal comes up.” It is something similar to the approach followed by low-cost airline IndiGo. “Just like IndiGo is low on cost, but by no means low on experience, the same holds for Bangalore airport,” adds Marar.


Clear simple thinking - focusing on customer experience (all I want is a troublefree short/ quick walk to my flight and off I go) is critical for any business, and more so for the service sector. Surprising how few folks get that right.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still feel they should have made some rapid exit taxiways, which would have increased efficieny and offcourse cash flow
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I still feel they should have made some rapid exit taxiways, which would have increased efficieny and offcourse cash flow


I spoke recently to "a source" at BIA - and he indicated that more RETs are in the plan, but will be taken up only after the South runway is ready and operational. The reason is the RETs construction needs the runway to shut down (to join it with the RET) - which is not possible with a single runway ops. They are also looking at making the 2nd runway include the center lighting (which I'm told is missing on the current runway), and numerous RETs as well, and making it and the taxiways code F ready.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish, can you please post a picture of BIAL with the two runways shown on it? Second, I wonder why BIAL is not increasing the number of power-ports air-side, in the waiting areas. What about the land-side part?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an old picture I had:

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This picture may or may not be today's master plan, I don't have a copy of that unfortunately.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought they already had rapid exit taxiways on the current runway?

Also, the new runway is south of the existing runway, which means it is that much more closer to VOYK. Wonder why it is designed like that? Was there not already some co-ordination issues with VOYK flights?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thought they already had rapid exit taxiways on the current runway?

Also, the new runway is south of the existing runway, which means it is that much more closer to VOYK. Wonder why it is designed like that? Was there not already some co-ordination issues with VOYK flights?


I think there's a need for more RETs - or RETs in one orientation or something. Perhaps Devesh has a better answer.

The runways have to be built within the constraints of the land identified and allotted by the state. Though the south runway will be quite close the one one at YOHK, (I'm given to understand that) there have been numerous meetings between the parties involved, and an agreement reached on how to handle the air space efficiently.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot, Nimish. Any news on how much work on the new South side runway is complete? There was zero progress on this last December, when I last visited BLR. The only construction visible was on the two sides of the terminal building.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Thanks a lot, Nimish. Any news on how much work on the new South side runway is complete? There was zero progress on this last December, when I last visited BLR. The only construction visible was on the two sides of the terminal building.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Work not started as yet from what I know - there's a lot of planning work that happens, design, contracts etc. It's still in that stage. The new runway will involve massive amounts of mud movement to level the surface - it's quite undulating right now.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Nimish, for the very quick and informative replies!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/bial-to-start-workrunway-ii-in-q12013/477623/

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BIAL to start work on runway-II in Q1 of 2013
The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which runs the Bengaluru International Airport, hopes to start work on the second runway of the airport by Q1 of 2013. BIAL is now in the process of expanding the airport by doubling the capacity of the airport terminal building. The masterplan for expansion of the airport has been budgeted at Rs 1,200 crore. “About 75 per cent of the cost of the expansion is being funded via debt, and rest from internal accruals,” said Hari Marar, president-airport operations, BIAL.

“Bangalore airport sees the third highest domestic traffic in the country after Mumbai and Delhi, making it the busiest in south India,” Sanjay Reddy, MD of BIAL, had said in a statement earlier. BIAL said, its domestic traffic was 10.24 million in 2011 (with the December figures).

BIAL’s passenger traffic grew 11.66 per cent in 2011 on a year-on-year basis. Aircraft movement rose 7 per cent.

The airport had seen 116,851 aircraft movements and handled 12.53 million passengers (both domestic and international) during 2011. The airport, at present, handles over 350 aircraft movements and services and around 35,000 passengers per day. Since it opened in 2008, it has grown 54 per cent, which it said is above the national average. Its annual cargo tonnage has grown at 5 per cent.

The Hyderabad-based GVK group has a 43 per cent stake in BIAL. Siemens Projects Ventures holds 26 per cent and Unique Zurich has 5 per cent. The remaining 26 per cent is divided between state-owned entities, Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation and Airports Authority of India.


What I hear is that the biggest stumbling block right now might be the environmental clearance, with Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan delaying things endlessly. Hopefully the clearances will come through in time.
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From: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/bia-can-now-handle-biggest-aircraft/482549/

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BIA can now handle biggest aircraft

The largest passenger aircraft can now touch down at the Benguluru International Airport (BIA). The airport, run by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), will be able to receive the largest aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8i and A380 that need Code F-compliant airport. BIAL, has recently been certified by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as being Code F compliant.

The Boeing 747-800, with a wingspan of 68.4 metre, is a Code F aircraft, has a wingspan more than that of the Boeing 747-400 (Code E), and it is also the longest aircraft.

The BIAL has done safety risk assessment for the B747-800 operations and, has received the approval to permit regular operations of these types of aircraft from the DGCA. The Boeing 747-800 is classified as a Code F aircraft by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), while the Boeing 747-400 (wingspan: 64.4 m) is classified as a Code E aircraft.
With this, BIA has become the third airport to get Code F compliance. Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and Hyderabad international airport are other airports.

“The Bengaluru International Airport has done the safety risk assessment for Code F aircraft and has received approval to permit regular operations of this type of aircraft at this airport from the Director General Civil Aviation. Additionally, Code F-compliant stand is being created as part of T1 expansion and it will have the capability to accommodate A380 type of aircraft. However, the arrival of A380 into Bangalore is not foreseen in the near future and special permissions will need to be obtained before allowing this aircraft-type operation,” said a BIAL spokesperson.

German carrier Lufthansa has announced that Bangalore will be a destination for its new Boeing 747-8i aircraft, which happens to be Code F compliant due to a massive wing span.


Nice - just in time for LH to announce the start of the 748 to BLR - hopefully services will kick off in September 2012 (though I have no clue when it will be actually launched).
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:

Nice - just in time for LH to announce the start of the 748 to BLR - hopefully services will kick off in September 2012 (though I have no clue when it will be actually launched).


Hi Nimish, had posted this Code F clearance, along with photos of the terminal expansion progress on August 2nd. http://www.bangaloreaviation.com/2012/08/bangalore-airport-update-terminal.html

Actually, the correspondent of Business Standard took some of the info from my story and me to cross check with BIAL. Wink

WRT Lufthansa and B748i. Your estimations are correct. http://www.bangaloreaviation.com/2012/08/lufthansa-commences-boeing-747-8i.html
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^^ The LH 748 background PDF was very nice! I hope I get to fly the new 748 soon Smile.
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From: http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_bia-opens-its-garden-for-school-children_1726669

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BIA opens its garden for school children

The Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) on Friday opened its landscaped gardens and specialised nursery to schools in its vicinity for education purposes.

They will remain open till August 17.

During these tours, the students will receive in-depth knowledge about various plant species and their environmental significance. Students from Bettakote High School and the Chikkajala High School were the first to experience this tour on Friday.

After the visit, Doddaya, a teacher from Bettakote High School said, "This initiative took us all by surprise. The children came here for a fun time, but are now going back with important information on the significance of plants in our surroundings and environment at large, besides knowing about their positive impact on water tables and also about biodiversity in our immediate neighbourhood. We are glad that the airport is taking such an initiative."


Good move, both to educate school kids, also to gain mindshare with the local populace around the airport.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/t-n-ninan-those-other-airports/484341/

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Attention this past week has been focused, among other things, on the Delhi airport project, with the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pointing to favours done for the airport company. Buried in the pages of the CAG report is a little nugget, relating to two earlier joint venture airports, at Hyderabad and Bangalore. While the competitive bidding was such that Delhi airport pays 46 per cent of its total revenue to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Mumbai airport went to the company that bid 38.7 per cent revenue share for AAI. But here’s the thing — the Bangalore and Hyderabad contracts were handed out for revenue share of as little as four per cent in each case.

The CAG has given the government some well-deserved stick for levying a development fee on passengers using Delhi airport — something not on the cards when companies bid for the contract. Well, guess what? Both Bangalore and Hyderabad charge development fees too — and, for domestic passengers, they charge more than Delhi. For international passengers (the smaller component of business at these southern hubs), the charge is slightly less than in the case of Delhi.

The results show in the profit numbers: 18 per cent of revenue in Mumbai, and 30 per cent in Bangalore (which bests the tech companies in that city). In fact, Bangalore’s Ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) is a handsome 65 per cent of revenue, so no one can argue that Bangalore cannot afford to pay a larger revenue share, or do without the passenger user fee. Since the revenue share issue cannot be reopened, the question to be asked concerns the (extent of the) passenger user charge.

It might be argued that the Bangalore and Hyderabad airport projects were early-bird exercises, and no one knew how the economics would work out. But that wouldn’t strictly be true. The Cochin International Airport pre-dated both by many years, and has been profitable from its third year of operation. The international experience too should have shown that airports are good businesses....


Is BIAL really that profitable an entity - 65% EBITDA? And 30% net profit?
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From: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/275430/hc-vacates-stay-bia-road.html

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The Karnataka High Court on Thursday vacated the stay on the collection of toll on the NH-7 (Bangalore-Bellary road), leading to the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA). The stay was imposed by a lower court in Devanahalli.

Justice Ravi Malimath vacated the stay and adjourned the case for further hearing. The Navayuga Devanahalli Tollway Private Limited (NDTPL) had approached the high court seeking review of the lower court order.

In April 2012, a Devanahalli judicial magistrate had stayed the collection of toll on the road leading to the BIA. The petition in the lower court was filed by a set of advocates against the contractor Navayuga Constructions and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), contending that the toll was a heavy burden on farmers who use the airport road to ferry agricultural produce to Bangalore and other parts of the state.

Navayuga Constructions toll manager Srinivas told Deccan Herald that they would begin the toll collection from Friday, as and when they receive the order copy from the high court.

“Construction of six toll booths, among the 12 new set of booths, coming up before the trumpet interchange is yet to be completed. Hence, we will be collecting toll while vehicles come out of the airport and head towards city. Temporary toll booths are already in place for this purpose,” he said.

A senior official from the NHAI said the above arrangement won’t disrupt the traffic going to BIA.

He added that once the new toll booths are in place, toll collection would begin before the trumpet interchange. “Commuters should not think that the toll collection as a burden. Easy and faster access to BIA is what they are being benefitted with. Once the elevated road project to the BIA gets over, the connectivity would be more smoother and faster,” he said.

The general secretary of Bangalore Tourist Taxi Owners' Association Radhakrishna Holla said the vacation of stay comes as a burden to them and they have to inevitably increase the taxi fare to BIA soon.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.financialexpress.com/news/kingfisher-downsizing-has-hit-bial-hard/996029/0

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Kingfisher downsizing has hit BIAL hard

India’s third busiest airport — the GVK-controlled Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) — is currently expanding its terminal building to accommodate 17-20 million passengers a year. It reached its original capacity of 11 million passengers in its third year of operations in 2010. But it has not been a good start for BIAL this fiscal. Hari Marar, president, airport operations at BIAL, tells Ajay Sukumaran that the double whammy of slowing business travel and reduction in capacity because of Kingfisher Airlines' downsizing will keep growth relatively flat this year

How badly has Kingfisher affected BIAL?
At this point of time last year, it was our largest carrier. Today, it is operating about 6-7 departures a day from Bangalore. Last year this time, they were operating 47 departures a day. So, obviously that’s a huge impact on the Bangalore airport.

BIAL saw good growth and profitability in FY12. How do you hope to close this year?
I think this year we will close at more or less the same levels as last year. While we see a slight slowdown, it’s about 3% below last year at this stage, we hope to catch up in the next 8 months this year. We feel that from the winter schedule, things will start looking up again. That's traditionally the peak season, so, with that, things will sort of pick-up and we should at least be able to remain at last year's levels.

So growth will be flat?
But that's a perfect stage because by then we will have the terminal expansion ready and that gives us the right platform to grow from there. The first phase should be roughly in the first quarter of next year. We want to open up portions as and when they are ready.

If Kingfisher's downsizing has hit you so badly, how do you expect to keep the same volumes as last year?
If you look at Kingfisher’s operations, that's roughly 40 departures a day taken out of the system. Last year ,we were operating about 175 departures a day. We have come down to 135-140 departures a day. That’s about 20-25% reduction in Bangalore airport's traffic movements but in terms of passengers we are only about 3% below. So you can see it has got absorbed by other carriers. Plus airlines like Indigo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, these are all expanding at this point of time, they will be inducting capacity.

We believe that they cannot afford a high potential market like Bangalore and they will put more planes here and that's what will ensure that we will remain at the same level as last year

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Bangalore International Airport now plastic-bag free

11-Sep-12 12:45 PM

India's Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) stated the airport is now plastic free, with the company switching over the eco-friendly bags made of cloth and paper (Business Standard, 10-Sep-2012). All food and beverage outlets and retail concessionaires have moved to use of cloth or paper bags in place of plastic. Around 15 retail and 20 F&B stores and BIAL management have implemented the new concept. The impact of the decision leads to reduction of about 35,000 plastic bags every month, catering to the retail across 500 categories and 5000 brands. This initiative will result in the savings of 500,000 plastic bags annually.
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Bangalore International Airport now plastic-bag free

11-Sep-12 12:45 PM

India's Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) stated the airport is now plastic free, with the company switching over the eco-friendly bags made of cloth and paper (Business Standard, 10-Sep-2012). All food and beverage outlets and retail concessionaires have moved to use of cloth or paper bags in place of plastic. Around 15 retail and 20 F&B stores and BIAL management have implemented the new concept. The impact of the decision leads to reduction of about 35,000 plastic bags every month, catering to the retail across 500 categories and 5000 brands. This initiative will result in the savings of 500,000 plastic bags annually.


How are they managing the garbage waste ?
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From: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/294219/aircraft-movement-dips-bia.html

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Aircraft movement dips at BIA

Despite the creeping winter resulting in several delays at Bengaluru International Airport (BIA), the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) could go into Christmas with a smile in 2011.

This year, although there are no major delays reported even as it is almost December, the BIA has seen a considerable dip in aircraft movement this winter.

The turbulence in the Indian aviation sector has seen BIA lose almost 25 flights per day this winter compared to 2011. The BIA, which has the third highest domestic traffic in the country, has seen the total number of aircraft movement decrease to 298 per day this winter, compared to 328 last year.

Effect of Kingfisher crisis
Overall, there is an increase in traffic movement of all the airlines, an official said adding that the decrease in movement can be attributed to stoppage of Kingfisher Airlines.
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While this is considered a major reason for the drop in aircraft movement at the BIA, the things are not hunky dory in the international sector either with no new airline scheduled to start operations, hence the slowdown. In 2011, three new international airlines – Etihad Airways, Bangkok Airways and Tiger Airways – started operations from BIA.
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Is it the same across the country, or is this just BLR? DEL seems to be growing by leaps and bounds - good for them!
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Aircraft movement dips at BIA

Despite the creeping winter resulting in several delays at Bengaluru International Airport (BIA), the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) could go into Christmas with a smile in 2011.

2011 ... 2012 .... im confused Rolling Eyes
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^^ The context is that winter fog in 2011 was a mess to handle, but still BIA did fine with a higher number of movements. 2012 still does not have the fog menace, but BIAL is suffering due to the lower movements overall.
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Bangalore Airport launches coffee heritage tourism experience

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India's Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) launched (10-Jan-2013) BIAL’s ‘Kaapi Trail’, a coffee vacation tour package. Originally envisaged a year ago, ‘Kaapi Trail’ is a tour package from BIAL, Thomas Cook, State Tourism Department and Coffee Board to highlight the role coffee plays in the South Indian way of life. It will take travellers to coffee estates in Kodagu, Chikmagalur and other places in the state. There will be three different types of packages on offer ‘Heritage, Wild and Leisure Kaapi Trails’ and travellers will have the added advantage of being able to book these packages online.
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From: http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/bangalore-old-airport-may-resume-operations-hal-chairman/1/192187.html

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Bangalore's old airport may resume operations, says HAL chairman

Bangalore's old airport, owned by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), may come back to life for short-haul passenger flights.

This was indicated to reporters by HAL Chairman R.K. Tyagi at the Aero India 2013 show.
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"Nowhere in the world was the existing airport closed down to make way for a new one," Tyagi said. HAL, he said, has asked for using its old airport for short-haul flights such as from Bangalore to Chennai.

Tyagi said the BIAL airport had reached its peak annual capacity of 12 million passengers, and hence, a second airport would not hurt its interests. The BIAL airport is now stepping up its annual capacity to 17 million passengers.

The HAL chairman said he had already discussed the subject with the civil aviation authorities, and they had responded positively to the idea. Since existing regulations don't allow two airports within a distance of 150 km from each other, the government would work around this, he said. "By the next round of Aero India, some useful solution will be found" on opening the HAL airport again, Tyagi said.


The article initially had me worried, but then I read the last highlighted line and felt at peace! Seems like Mr. Tyagi had a particular strong dose of coffee this morning....
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BIA terminal opening delayed to Q4 2013

Passengers will have to wait for a few more months to use the expanded swanky Terminal (T1) at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) as it will be available for passengers only from the fourth quarter of the year.

The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL)—the operators of the airport—which had earlier maintained that the infrastructure of the enhanced T1 will be available in phases starting early 2013, is now saying that the same will be available for the passengers in stages from the fourth quarter of 2013.

When the construction activity for Rs1,000-crore T1 commenced in June 2011, it was envisaged that the enhanced and modern terminal would be completed in approximately 18 months from that date. The delay has been attributed to the fact that the expansion is being carried on at an existing terminal, which is currently handling about 12.5 million passengers. The enhanced terminal is expected to cater to about 20 million passengers and it is aimed at significantly improving passenger experience, making access to seating, amenities and commercial facilities easier and better.


I think the international side sorely needs a bigger lounge, the current lounge is so space restricted that there are pax standing and sitting on the floor during the 12 am to 3 am stretch! Don't know about the domestic area, but the intl gates can do with some expansion too, currently they're almost maxed out at the midnight hour.
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From: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/southern-twist-to-dutyfree-shopping-at-bial-soon/article4753703.ece

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Southern twist to duty-free shopping at BIAL soon


The proposed décor that is expected to bring boutique-style approach for time-starved travel shoppers.

Come August-September, duty-free shopping at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) will never be the same again. Chettinad pillars, kolam-inspired patterns and jhumka-influenced lighting will greet travellers.

Airport retailer Nuance Group (India), which was awarded a five-year extension of the concession contract in May 2013, has drawn up big plans.

With a proposition for new décor and complete revamp of the shopping experience at the departure and arrival duty-free shopping, the group plans to breathe soul and character into the place.

While the style of the duty-free shopping area now is subtle with an airy touch of class, including the pick-on-arrival service and tasting counters, the future style will provide a timeless experience with many quirky Indian and international elements.
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Décor important

Anirban Dutta Chowdhury, country head of Nuance Group (India) Pvt. Ltd., told The Hindu, “We believe that the décor and feel of a place is extremely important. With the revamp, we not only plan to bring out a boutique-style approach for time-starved travel shoppers, but also provide a global experience. Value offers and ambience will be assimilated with futuristic technology, we have been paying great attention to detail while designing the proposed renovation.”

“The new décor at the arrival bay is expected to be ready by August, and the departure area by late-September,” Jay Acharya, marketing and business development manager at Nuance Group (India) Pvt. Ltd., said.


Whatever they do, they better not increase prices on the desi staples like scotch and chocolates, else they'll find their revenues dipping big time.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Whatever they do, they better not increase prices on the desi staples like scotch and chocolates, else they'll find their revenues dipping big time.
Aye, aye Sir Very Happy. Else, do we see Nimish transiting through Delhi, on his numerous and long international trips?
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Aye, aye Sir Very Happy. Else, do we see Nimish transiting through Delhi, on his numerous and long international trips?


Haha - not very likely - not until they publish through fares which cost the same direct from BLR vs. going via DEL. The moment the cost is the same, I actually might prefer a little stopover in DEL on my way to/from work Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"Nowhere in the world was the existing airport closed down to make way for a new one,"


Is this really true ?? Was KaiTak not closed to pave way for Chek Lap Kok ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont know where to post this. If it is not relevant, kindly delete this.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

basheer1211 wrote:
Dont know where to post this. If it is not relevant, kindly delete this.

This is the right location - no worries.

Depending on the frequency of this bus, the BLR-MYQ Q400 rotation might see a dip in loads.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/gvk-proposal-to-hike-user-fees-at-bangalore-airport-rejected/article4876370.ece

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GVK proposal to hike user fees at Bangalore airport rejected

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority has turned down Bengaluru International Airport Ltd’s (BIAL) proposal to increase User Development Fee (UDF) by 239 per cent for domestic and 79 per cent for international departing passengers from the airport.

The regulator, while issuing a consultation paper last week, seeking stakeholders’ views on the issue, also said the proposal made by BIAL, a subsidiary of city-based infrastructure major GVK Group, to levy landing charges on all aircraft was not permissible under Government orders.

Instead, the regulator called for consolations suggesting the UDF to be at Rs 262.32 and Rs 1,049.27 for domestic and international passengers respectively under the single-till model.

However when contacted, a GVK spokesperson said it would be premature for the company to give a response immediately as discussions on the subject were ongoing.

The AERA also sought views on UDF under dual till model which is at Rs 399.28 and Rs 1,597.14 for domestic and international passengers respectively for 2013-14 with effect from October 1, 2013.

BIAL had originally proposed the domestic UDF under single-till to be Rs 783.09 (3.4 times higher of the existing rates) and the international UDF to be Rs 1,700 (1.8 times higher than the existing rates with effect from May 1, 2013.

In the dual-till model it proposed Rs 1,729 for domestic and Rs 1,700 for international passengers.

BIAL is currently charging Rs 231.40 and Rs 952.30 for domestic and international departing passengers, respectively.

The BIAL also proposed revised tariff structures for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

AERA while noting that the BIAL’s annual tariff proposals are based on the effective date of implementation on May 1, 2013, said it is not possible to adhere to this date and therefore, has also calculated the UDF based on the effective date tentatively being October 1, 2013, saying it needs time to seek stakeholders’ opinion and analyse.

On the BIAL’s proposal to levy parking fee on all kinds of aircrafts AERA said, “The Authority also notes that BIAL has proposed a minimum charge of Rs 5,000 for landing of all aircraft. The Authority notes that there is a MoCA circular that no charges may be levied for aircrafts below 80 seats.”

“Hence the Authority proposes not to consider a charge for ATRs. If there is a change in MoCA’s instruction in this regard, the Authority is open to considering a charge for ATRs,” AERA observed.


Wow - as if the airport was not expensive enough!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bengaluru International Airport renamed
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18-Jul-2013 1:44 PM
India’s Karnataka State Government announced (17-Jul-2013) Bengaluru International Airport will be named Kempe Gowda International Airport, after the founder of the city. Bengaluru International Airport was commissioned and became operational in May-2008. It is owned and operated by Bengaluru International Airport Pvt Ltd (BIAL) in which KSSIDC (an entity of the Karnataka State Government), the Airports Authority of India, GVK Group, Siemens and Zurich Airport are shareholders. BIA is the fifth busiest airport in the country, built over an area of 4000 acres.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bengaluru International Airport renamed
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18-Jul-2013 1:44 PM
India’s Karnataka State Government announced (17-Jul-2013) Bengaluru International Airport will be named Kempe Gowda International Airport, after the founder of the city. Bengaluru International Airport was commissioned and became operational in May-2008. It is owned and operated by Bengaluru International Airport Pvt Ltd (BIAL) in which KSSIDC (an entity of the Karnataka State Government), the Airports Authority of India, GVK Group, Siemens and Zurich Airport are shareholders. BIA is the fifth busiest airport in the country, built over an area of 4000 acres.


Well, I'm glad they didn't name it ___ G___ International Airport!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/bangalore-airports-terminal-1-to-be-operational-from-october/article4949401.ece

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Bangalore airport's Terminal 1 to be operational from October

Terminal One (T1) of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) will be made operational in phases commencing this October.

“So far, work on Airport Operational Control Centre (AOCC) installation has been completed and trials of the check-in counters have begun,” said a BIAL press release.

The new AOCC is located at the east section of the terminal on the pier. It was recently inspected by G.V. Sanjay Reddy, BIAL Managing Director, for its readiness.

The AOCC is equipped with advanced processes to enable faster and quicker decision in real time and comes with a video wall to enable operators to have real-time information projection at a common visible area.

BIAL has commenced bi-weekly trials for readiness of the airport facilities.

Trials on the check-in counters together with those on check-in baggage with simulated passengers and flights have been initiated in collaboration with airlines.

ART INSTALLATION

The airport has unveiled the first art installation by artist Yusuf Arakkal.

The aim is to make the airport’s architecture reflect the spirit of South India.


I thought it should be called T1 extension or something, after all the current airport is already operating from T1! Anyway - good to see the expansion be commissioned.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-23/bangalore/40747654_1_bengaluru-international-airport-cargo-operations-cargo-village

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BIA bags Airport of the Year award

BANGALORE: Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) has bagged the Airport of the Year award for cargo operations and trans-shipment facilities. The award was presented on July 19 in Chennai at the fifth edition of South East Cargo and Logistics Awards 2013.

BIA won the award for demonstrating strong year-on-year growth, operational and financial excellence, cargo performance and other initiatives. The airport handled one million metric tonnes of cargo in the past five years.

Its unique first-of-its-kind endeavours in the country include 'Cargo Village' and automated storage and retrieval system for loose cargo.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/cabinet-okays-user-development-fee-hike/article5053176.ece

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Cabinet okays user development fee hike

The Karnataka Cabinet, which met here on Friday, permitted the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to hike the User Development Fee charged on both domestic and international passengers.

A request to raise the State Government’s equity proposed by BIAL to meet the additional expenditure being incurred for expansion of the terminal has been rejected by the state Government and a hike in the UDF has instead been suggested. Presently, the UDF is Rs. 231 for a domestic passenger and Rs. 952 for an international passenger.

Minister for law and Parliamentary Affairs T.B. Jayachandra told presspersons after a meeting of the State Cabinet that BIAL had asked for an increase in the government’s equity ( Rs. 150 crore).

The Cabinet decided that the UDF can be raised while at the same time it should not hurt the passengers.

The UDF at Hyderabad is Rs. 430 for domestic passengers and Rs. 1,000 for international passengers and the Karnataka government will convey to BIAL that the UDF should not be more than that charged by the Hyderabad airport.


Oh no - this does not bode well for further growth at BIAL!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bengaluru International Airport renamed
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18-Jul-2013 1:44 PM
India’s Karnataka State Government announced (17-Jul-2013) Bengaluru International Airport will be named Kempe Gowda International Airport, after the founder of the city. Bengaluru International Airport was commissioned and became operational in May-2008. It is owned and operated by Bengaluru International Airport Pvt Ltd (BIAL) in which KSSIDC (an entity of the Karnataka State Government), the Airports Authority of India, GVK Group, Siemens and Zurich Airport are shareholders. BIA is the fifth busiest airport in the country, built over an area of 4000 acres.


Correction BIA is the fourth busiest airport in the country after DEL, BOM, MAA and ahead of HYD and CCU.
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