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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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