Flight Operations Starts from Delhi IGI Terminal 2

After multiple lapses in deadlines, it’s confirmed that Delhi’s IGI Airport Terminal 2 will get flights operation from October 29th onwards. The same was confirmed by Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), announced in a press release. As per the release, GoAir is the first airline to accept DIAL’s proposal and decided to shift its entire operations to Terminal 2 with effect from 00:01 hours of 29th October 2017.

In order to facilitate the growth of IGI Airport, GoAir has mutually agreed with DIAL to move its entire operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 from October 29, 2017 until the completion of the expansion of Terminal 1.

This is a temporary move to ease the pressure of fast growing traffic at Terminal 1, so that the expansion works can be carried out at Terminal 1 effectively and efficiently. The Terminal 1 is set to be expanded from the current capacity of 20 million to 40 million per annum with 22 aerobridges, and state of the art infrastructure. The expansion process will encompass all major areas of the airport i.e. Landside, Terminal and Airside and will be completed within four years. Commenting on the development, I Prabhakara Rao, CEO-DIAL said, “In view of the robust growth in passenger traffic and upcoming airport expansion works, DIAL has revamped and is recommissioning the Terminal 2 of the IGI Airport with effect from 29th October, 2017. We welcome GoAir in its new home terminal in Terminal 2. This will enable us to start the expansion works at Terminal 1 and carry it on seamlessly.”

However, India’s largest low cost carrier, Indigo gets some relief in the ongoing tussle as upon its request to MOCA, DIAL has given them two more months to shift a part of its flight operations from Terminal-1 to Terminal-2 by 4th January 2018. SpiceJet has said that it will shift its flights serving the three metros to T-2 only if IndiGo agrees with a similar plan, said sources.

As quoted in media, DIAL has told IndiGo that the airline will be liable for the loss caused to the airport operator due to delay in terminal expansion plan.“It would be pertinent to state that if DIAL or if any of the passengers suffer any loss, damage, cost of expenses due to the adamant approach and abstinence of IndiGo from shifting one-third of its current operations at T1 to T2, it shall be to the sole account of IndiGo and which it shall be liable to indemnify to DIAL and the passengers,” quoted DIAL chief commercial operations Pradeep Panicker Panicker..

Government Plans to Sell 51% Stake in Pawan Hans, Invites Bids

The government invited bids from private companies, including foreign ones, to buy out its entire 51 per cent stake along with management control in helicopter service operator Pawan Hans Ltd. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has already lined up a host of PSUs for strategic disinvestment. The Miniratna PSU is under the administrative control of the civil aviation ministry and the remaining 49 per cent stake is held by ONGCBSE -0.55 %.

In a "global invitation for expression of interest", the government asked private players to submit the bids by December 8, 2017.

"The government proposes to disinvest its entire equity shareholding of 51 per cent in Pawan Hans Ltd BSE 0.00 % by way of strategic disinvestment to investors, along with transfer of management control," it said while inviting bids.The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has already lined up a host of PSUs for strategic disinvestment.

Leslie Thng joins Vistara as Chief Executive Officer

India’s Full Service carrier Vistara got the new CEO as Leslie Thng on October 16, 2017. Thng has succeeded Phee Teik Yeoh, who returns to Singapore Airlines to take up a senior appointment. Leslie Thng has taken over as the airline’s new CEO post all requisite approvals from the Government of India and regulatory authorities. Mr. Thng joins Vistara from Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH, A Singapore Airlines Holding Company) where he was serving as the Chief Commercial Officer.

"I am delighted to be joining Vistara that has transformed air travel experience in India and cultivated a reputation of setting new standards in service excellence in the Indian aviation industry” said Leslie Thng.“I look forward to the opportunity to build on the strong foundation and momentum created by Phee Teik Yeoh, and work with the wonderful team of Vistara. I hope to get the support of all stakeholders, including the customers, to take Vistara through its next phase of growth and development”, he added.

State Govt. Announces Civil Aviation Promotion Policy 2017

In pursuance of the national aviation policy 2016 and regional connectivity scheme of the Union government, UP government has promulgated the ``Civil aviation promotion policy 2017 of UP’’. The policy aims at connecting the underserved and unserved airports. Under the Regional connectivity scheme (RCS) of the Center, an MOU has been sighed between the state government and the Union aviation ministry.

The press release of Uttar Pradesh government says the aim of the “Civil aviation promotion policy 2017 of UP’’ is to create a conducive business environment, provide adequate incentives for the development of robust civil aviation infrastructure and to aid in attracting investments to realize the untapped potential in the aviation sector. The policy aims to improve the air connectivity through development of new routes under RCS by providing incentives and also to facilitate inter- connectivity of non-RCS airports of U.P.

UP governments policy aims to realize the full potential of tourism by linking major state tourist destinations with rest of India and the world and to facilitate trade and generation of employment opportunities. The policy aims to give a boost to agro -exports, other perishable goods, manufacturing and e-commerce businesses in UP by supporting the development of air cargo hubs and fulfillment centers.

Disabled Gets Relief as CISF Gives Nod to X-Ray Screening at Airports

People with disabilities won’t have to face lengthy and “humiliating” security checks at airports anymore, with the Central Industrial Security Force issuing guidelines on how to scan passengers on wheelchairs and those wearing prosthetics. While earlier, PWDs were required to go through an X-ray screening, now checking with a hand-held explosive trace detector (ETD) device will suffice. Passengers will be asked to go through an X-ray screening only if there is “sufficient doubt”. This move of CISF has been highly acclaimed by the travelers.

NSCBI Airport Kolkata Flies High as Passenger Growth Reaches Over 24%

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBI),Kolkata has witnessed a passenger growth of over 24 percent in the FY 2016-17in comparison to last year. According to NSCBI Airport Director Atul Dikshit, the growth was triggered from the introduction of more than half a dozen new flights and various passenger amenities in the airport from time to time. The number of passengers flying from the city airport in the 2016-17 fiscal has crossed 16 million."The revenue growth for the city airport has also registered a 24 percent rise. The revenue for the financial year 15-16 was Rs 863 crore that has gone up to Rs 1,073 crore in the 16-17 fiscal," Dikshit said.

The growth can be attributed to start of various new airlines like US Bangla to Dhaka, Myanmar Airways to Yangoon, Novo Air to Dhaka, Zoom Air to New Delhi via Andal airport, Vistara to Pune and New Delhi and Air Asia to Ranchi.

Abu Dhabi Air Expo2018 Setting a New Stage for its 5th Edition

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the first dedicated business aviation airport in the region, officially launched the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Air Expo in response to huge demand from key industry professionals to participate. Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2018 will be held from 26th to 28th February 2018, as part of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Abu Dhabi Air Expo will be rolled out in a new set-up that will be divided into three main areas; Aircraft hangar, chalets and outdoor static display, which will occupy nearly 60,000 square meters of space at Al Bateen Executive Airport. Leading private aircraft manufacturers like Dassault Aviation, Gulfstream, Embraer, and Boeing Business Jets will be back in the 2018 show, alongside key local and regional industry partners and stakeholders such as ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Falcon Aviation Services and Royal Jet.

Nasser Juma, General Manager of General Aviation Airports at Abu Dhabi Airports and the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Air Expo organizing committee, said, “We are very excited to be organize and host Abu Dhabi Air Expo in its fifth cycle, as the continuity of this event confirms the position that Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Al Bateen Executive Airport have acquired as a the key regional hub for general aviation. Air Expo is very unique platform where industry leaders, tradesmen, clients, hobbyist and public can engage and gain insights, business leads and develop opportunities that will benefit both the end user and the entire industry.”

“We are working tirelessly to ensure we deliver a proud Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2018 that will exceed everyone’s expectations, both exhibitors and attendees” he added.

The three day Air Expo event is set to welcome over 18,000 visitors from the aviation and aerospace industries. An exhibitor line-up of more than 300 manufacturers and suppliers will showcase the latest innovations and development in private jet aircraft, helicopters, executive charter services, airport equipment and services, avionics systems, insurance and financing.

Over 110 aircraft, from ultra-light to heavy business jets, will be on show to be explored by aircraft enthusiasts and businesses searching for the best airplanes and aviation-related services.

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