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Fuelled by its booming economy and rapidly rising personal incomes, India’s commercial air travel has grown substantially over the past decade. Since India’s airport infrastructure was ill-equipped to accommodate such dramatic growth, the Ministry of Civil Aviation set about a two-fold process.
Airport news • 12 October 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review
With passenger growth continuing at a rate of 21 percent, India’s Cochin International Airport has installed management technology in order to cope with demand.
Airport news • 17 September 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review
A new international terminal has opened at Chandigarh Airport in the Indian state of Punjab following unprecedented growth during the last 10 years.
Airport news • 18 August 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review
Cochin International Airport in Kerala has become the first airport in India to operate on solar power energy.
Airport news • 16 July 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review
India’s Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB) has introduced the country’s first automated e-Gate System providing seamless passenger screening.
Airport news • 14 May 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review
India’s Kempegowda International Airport has announced the installation of SITA passenger processing technology to manage the 15 million passengers it receives annually.
Issue 5 2011 • 5 October 2011 • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
Mumbai is the financial capital and most popular city in India. Capital of the state of Maharashtra and home to 20 million people, diversity and vibrancy display the city’s true personality. With its diverse set of people, Mumbai is the home ground for many reputed enterprises and organisations.Mumbai is an archipelago of seven islands. Its rich history can be experienced through its architecture and the relics of the past. This global city is ever-evolving and welcoming. Mumbai offers a wide choice of attractions for tourists that they should not miss whilst visiting the city. This city with its intrinsic charm delights every kind of tourist; whether a foodie, a shopaholic or a history enthusiast. One of the best ways to get connected with all this is via the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).CSIA is a befitting welcome to the iconic city of Mumbai. CSIA offers leisure and connectivity options to suit the needs of the modern day traveller. Equipped with the best facilities, CSIA sets the tone for seamless travel. With state-of-the-art technology, soothing lounges and shopping bargains, CSIA offers a pleasant travel experience for all.
Issue 4 2011 • 8 August 2011 • V.P. Agrawal, Chairman, Airports Association of India (AAI)
As a result of the influx of air traffic in the past decade, AAI have embarked upon a plan to modernise and upgrade its airports with two aims; firstly, to not only match but to keep on top of the increase of air traffic, and secondly, to create world class standard airports within India for the comfort and benefit of passengers.Sixty airports within the country were identified as candidates for the modernisation programme. The theory behind the initiative is to develop state capitals and other airports which have the potential to attract tourist and business travellers who can contribute towards the economic growth of that particular region.The level of investment involved has certainly mirrored the size and magnitude of this project. Indeed, the fact that the capital expenditure of the AAI five year plan has increased by 300 per cent shows the scope of what we are trying to achieve with this modernisation.
Issue 4 2011 • 8 August 2011 • Sanjay Varkey, Chief Executive Officer of Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited (SMA)
As the Indian aviation market continues its growth, the involvement of Shell Aviation Fuels has had much influence. International Airport Review spoke to CEO Sanjay Varkey to find out why the Indian market will continue to flourish.IAR: Shell Aviation first began its operations in India back in 2008 at Bangalore and Hyderabad Airports respectively, with nine further airports in the three years since. Has the growth in aviation in that part of the world meant that the expansion into those nine other airports was inevitable? Could it have been quicker?SV: When Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited (SMA) launched aviation fuel operations in India in 2008, Bangalore and Hyderabad were the country’s only two open access airports. Further expansions in India needed to align with access, permissions and developments at airports. In the two years since then, SMA has concluded industry first infrastructure sharing agreements in India that have enabled a rapid network expansion. Shell is currently the only multinational oil company with a government license to market aviation fuels in India. The network expansion into 12 airports across the country reinforces our strong focus on this market, which is growing at a remarkable rate.
Issue 4 2011 • 8 August 2011 • Hari Marar, President of Airport Operations at Bangalore International Airport (BIAL)
Our goal is to establish Bangalore International Airport as India’s leading airport in terms of quality and efficiency as well as setting a benchmark for other airports in India. The facility has been built and is being operated to international standards and is now a pioneer in the country due to the passenger experience that takes place on the ground.Situated on a 4,000 acre plot of land, the airport currently has a 4,000 metre runway and a terminal building of around 70,000 square metres, the capacity of which is soon to be doubled. The airport handles nearly 12 million passengers annually and is growing at a rate of 18 per cent higher than the national average of 16 per cent. This makes Bangalore one of the busiest greenfield airports in the country. With a passenger profile of over 50 per cent that comprises business travellers, the airport has prided itself on efficiency and processes that make air travel a pleasant and hassle free experience. This customer orientated organisation is dedicated to meeting the needs of its passengers. Being a greenfield airport allows the ability and freedom to deploy state of the art, industry leading solutions. Given the airport’s location in the home of India’s formidable IT industry, it is entirely appropriate that this world-class airport remains at the forefront of cutting edge technology while ensuring efficiency and security.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) was formed to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the Greenfield Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) on 5,495 acres in Shamshabad, located 25km from the city centre of Hyderabad. The airport is the first Public Private Partnership in the Indian airport infrastructure sector between GMR Infrastructure Ltd (63%), Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad (11%), Airports Authority of India (13%) and Government of Andhra Pradesh (13%).
Realising the dream of giving Bangalore an airport of world class standards has not been an easy one. If not for the relentless commitment and enthusiasm of the thousands of people involved in the making of the airport, the many complex issues faced could have slackened the pace and the outcome.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to present the Indian Regional Focus in International Airport Review. At the outset, I would like to compliment IAR for the yeoman service they are rendering to the Global Aviation fraternity by keeping us up to date with developments the world over.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is undergoing a major transformation, under the stewardship of Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL). The airport is being modernised with the addition of new terminals, runways and other passenger convenience infrastructure.