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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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Green field airport project at Sikkim ( Pakyong Airport ):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Gupta is predicting a rise in Kolkata tourists to Croatia and Japan during the summers. "Croatia is emerging as another favourite. Some even want to try out Japan. However, I wouldn't advice travellers to opt for Sri Lanka during the summers because of the weather conditions there," Gupta said.
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Laptops till Abu Dhabi boarding gate
- iPads and free Wi-fi in first & biz class

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170330/jsp/calcutta/story_143504.jsp#.WNz-SdIrKvE

March 29: Calcuttans flying to the US by Etihad Airways can carry laptops, tablets and other devices till the boarding gate in Abu Dhabi.
The airline has also announced that passengers in the first and business class will get iPads and enjoy Wi-fi connectivity on board the flight from Abu Dhabi. The services will be provided from April 2, the Gulf carrier has told tour operators.
The Donald Trump administration has banned carrying electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and e-book readers bigger than smart phones in cabin baggage on US-bound flights from several countries, including the UAE and Qatar.
Etihad sources said economy, business and first-class passengers were allowed to use electronic devices such as laptops and tablets till the boarding gate in Abu Dhabi, where they will have to be handed over to the airline staff for being carried as part of the registered luggage.
The passengers can retrieve their devices on reaching their destination in the US.
Earlier, the Emirates airline had announced that its passengers would be allowed to use laptops and other devices till they board their flights to the US.
Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai can carry the devices in their hand luggage on the first leg of the journey and also during transit in Dubai. After that the devices will have to be carried as part of registered luggage.
Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways together account for 600 seats daily out of Calcutta.
Between 25 and 30 per cent passengers are for the US and a similar number fly to Europe.

As for Wi-fi connectivity and iPads for first and business class passengers, a communication from Etihad to travel agents says: "To help your customers keep in touch with work, friends and family, we are offering first and business class guests free Wi-fi and iPads on all our US-bound flights from Abu Dhabi."
"Wi-fi vouchers will be provided by our cabin crew with the onboard welcome drink, providing free Wi-fi for the duration of the flight. In addition, we'll have iPads available for those that need them. Power and USB sockets at every seat will help keep devices charged."
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Direct flight to connect Kolkata with Kashmir

KOLKATA: A trip to Kashmir is all set to get convenient from this Poila Boishakh as the city is going to have its first direct and daily flight to the picturesque state in north India.

IndiGo is going to start the service with a 180-seater airbus that is scheduled to leave Kolkata at 5.40am every day to reach Jammu at 8.55am. The flight will then travel further, till Srinagar, after a 20-minute halt at Jammu.

Speaking to TOI, Ajay S Jasra, the head of corporate communications for the airline, said they had been exploring the possibilities along some of the routes for quite some time before finalising the Kolkata-Kashmirservice.

"We had found that there were several passengers from Bengal heading Kashmir in almost every season. While most of them head to Vaishno Devi, many tourists opt for places like Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonmarg. Hence, we decided to start the service," said Jasra, who was in the city on Tuesday.

According to Jasra, the response so far has been overwhelming as more than 50% of the seats for the first journey is already booked (the booking opened on March 15). The flight will take off from Srinagar at 10.25am and fly non-stop to reach Travel industry sources in Kolkata said about 60,000 tourists, many in large groups, visit Kashmir during the March-May and the Puja month.


"It's a great move . There are several elderly fliers every year who have a hard time reaching Kashmir. But this new direct is going to make the journey convenient," said Anil Punjabi, chairman (east) of the Travel Agents Federation of India.


Other airline operators said they welcomed the move but doubted its feasibility. "It's a good initiative but Kashmir generally has a seasonal crowd. I wonder how many passengers they would carry during the monsoon and winter. More so, given the current situation in the state, I doubt if they would be able to continue with the service for long," said a senior official of a private airline.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/direct-flight-to-connect-kolkata-with-kashmir/articleshow/58016285.cms
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Pitch for taller airport tower
Sanjay Mandal
https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170407/jsp/calcutta/story_145010.jsp#.WOeJpUUrKvE

April 6: A "technical" decision to reduce the proposed height of a new air traffic control tower at Calcutta airport by almost half is being reviewed after the state government wrote to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), seeking feedback on doubts raised by field crew.
The government's intervention is in response to a representation to chief minister Mamata Banerjee by the Air Traffic Controllers' Guild, which wants the height of the tower to be restored to the originally proposed 112 metres. The tender for the contract mentions a height of 57 metres.
"The airport has two runways and three of the four ends have an instrument landing system; so it won't be much of a problem to have a taller tower. The airport building is expanding too and the parking bays are moving further away. Taller the tower, better the visibility," said Kailash Pati Mandal, secretary of the ATC Guild's regional unit.
The guild had appended a technical study to its representation, explaining why a tower of the originally specified height was a better option.
An ATC tower is used to monitor and guide flights and the height of the structure enables a clear view of aircraft landing, taking off or taxiing. Several ATC personnel whom Metro spoke to said a 360-degree view of moving aircraft from a reasonable height was crucial to averting collisions in the technical area and also during take-off and landing.
Sanjay Jain, regional executive director (eastern region) of the AAI, said the "technical reasons" behind reducing the proposed height of the tower were being reconsidered. "Discussions are on at the Delhi headquarters. We are waiting for the decision. Although the tender has been floated, it is still possible to change the plan," he said.
Another AAI official said that if the tower were to 112 metres in height, it could obstruct a key navigational aid because of its proximity to the runways. The VHF Omnidirection Range navigational aid helps in knowing the position of an aircraft as well as during a "non-precision approach" for landing. The transmitter on the ground informs the ATC tower about the angle and distance of the aircraft from the airport, helping it guide the pilots in the absence of an instrument landing system.
The opposing view is that at 57 metres, the tower would not provide an unobstructed picture of the entire technical area and the parking bays that have shifted further away since the integrated terminal was built.
The AAI had first invited contract bids to build a new tower in 2008, fixing the height at 86 metres. This was taller than Mumbai airport's 83.8-metre tower but shorter than Delhi's 102-metre structure.
The tender was cancelled and there was a lull until 2016, when the AAI revised the proposed tower's height to 112 metres. The reduction in height to 57 metres is mentioned in the last tender floated this January.
On March 22, transport commissioner R. Maity wrote to Jain, forwarding the copy of the ATC Guild's representation. "I am directed to request you to send this department a feedback on the issue raised by the organisation (ATC Guild) at an early date for subsequent transmission of the same to the chief minister's office for information," states the letter.
Comment: Another sign of incompetent AAI administration. As if they don't know the importance of Kolkata ATC complex.Go ask IAF people.
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17 more flights to touch down at Kolkata, Bagdogra.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/17-more-flights-to-touch-down-at-kolkata-bagdogra/articleshow/58136014.cms


KOLKATA: Airports in Kolkata and Bagdogra will be a lot busier this summer than earlier as the regulator, DGCA, gave the nod for a bevy of flights to Bengal's twin airports. Kolkata will add at least 11 more flights by May and Bagdogra six.

Though airlines have been granted many more slots till September, they are subject to availability of aircraft. All Indian carriers are set to augment their fleet as Airbus Industrie and Boeing Co delivers the orders placed with it and some carriers, such as Air India, take more planes on lease. Air Asia India will be the new addition to the airlines that will start services between Kolkata and Delhi and Ranchi from Poila Baisakh, the Bengali new year on April 15. Its Bagdogra flights will start later.


"We are prepared for the additional flights and augmenting the facilities at the airport. In-line baggage will be operational by July-August. Retail, which has begun, will be fully operational in two months, so will the new food court next to Biswa Bangla and the more spacious duty-free facility," said Kolkata airport director Atul Dikshit.


IndiGo, the largest airline operating out of Kolkata with 78 departures a day, will add six daily flights, including one to Srinagar from April 15. This will take its departure count to 84, with more lined up. Jet Airways will add at least two more flights— to Mumbai and Lucknow—taking its departures to 29. The carrier is also set to replace its ageing ATR-72 fleet with Boeing 737-800 aircraft. SpiceJet will start a service to Dhaka and to Silchar, taking the departure number to 24. Vistara will add a new flight to Pune, logging seven departures, while Air India, which has 23 departures, will add two flights to Bengaluru and Ranchi.


The Bagdogra airport, already bursting at the seams, has to content with four more flights, including three to Delhi and one to Mumbai. While Jet Airways has introduced the Mumbai service, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir will get one more frequency to Delhi each. This will take the daily Delhi-Bagdogra services to 13. "The hills, forests and tea estates in Darjeeling, Sikkim and the Dooars are drawing Western tourists in big numbers. Every airline is keen to operate more Bagdogra-Delhi flights," said Badgogra airport director Rakesh Sahay. With the terminal operating beyond its capacity, tackling flyers will be tough. AAI has urged airlines to operate before noon or after 4pm.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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- the developments at CCU sound very positive. In-line scanning by this summer, retail, food court and duty free.
- `replace the ageing ATR fleet with B738': ha ha! typical Times of India reporting
- The IAF showing open-mindedness on Bagdogra is an excellent move, and will add to the demand and the connectivity. The infra needs to be upgraded quickly. It is not that it cannot be done. I am back from a quick PAT trip: that Vedic era terminal has been given quite a facelift.
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An approach to NSCBI airport new terminal : https://youtu.be/RTeh8kTujLQ
Night time landing and parking at the new terminal : https://youtu.be/g2bvSgrRG3E
Amphibious aircraft taking off from water: https://youtu.be/Wo3Xr5Fxsws
Dreamliner flight from DEL to Kolkata : https://youtu.be/n9-5JjfRGLA
U turn and take off from secondary runway: https://youtu.be/P0B7UAxBr7s
Landing at Kolkata in a non-festive night ; https://youtu.be/_mm77E7l19I
Night time decoration of streets near airport area ; https://youtu.be/8M2QbjyLXMk
On the way to new terminal : https://youtu.be/RTeh8kTujLQ
Airport formalities as per neighboring country; https://youtu.be/TeJjAQ1Yi44
Traveling from Kolkata to Dhaka airport: https://youtu.be/QlmXvMl-3Us
A320 night landing on runway 19L: https://youtu.be/KFYlCHq4c2A
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Emirates to cut US flights after Trump travel restrictions.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39640473
Emirates will reduce flights to five US cities from next month, after new security rules targeted travellers from the Middle East.
The Dubai-based airline said the change was due to weaker demand for US travel.
In March, the US banned electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from cabin luggage on flights from 10 airports.
This included Dubai, as well as from other airports in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey.
The UK imposed similar rules to the US.
Mr Trump has also signed two executive orders to bar refugees and nationals of several Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa from travelling to the US. Those bans have been contested in court.
Emirates' president Tim Clark told reporters last month that demand to the US had fallen by about a third since Mr Trump's announcements.
The airline has also introduced new services to cope with the laptop ban, offering tablets on loan and services to check the electronics in at the gate.
Emirates said it will reduce direct flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to five a week in May from the current daily flights.
The airline will also cut back its twice-daily flights to Seattle, Boston and Los Angeles to once a day in June.
Fast-growing Emirates made its first flight to North America in 2004. It now serves 12 US destinations, launching its most recent route, between Athens and Newark, just last month.
Comment; Effect of H-ib visa restriction?
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