Himachal Pradesh government keen to develop airport at Mandi

Himachal Pradesh government is keen to develop a airport in Mandi in the state. A team of Airport Authority of India (AAI) has visited will visit Mandi to conduct a survey for the construction of an international airport there. The proposed site are Ner Dhangu in Balh sub division, Gogradhar in Padar and Mobiseri in Gohar Sub division along with some other sites for a pre-feasibility report.

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AAI and SAIL to operate Burnpur, Rourkela and Bokaro airports

Airports Authority of India (AAI) and SAIL (Steel Authority of India Ltd ) have signed a MoU for operating the remote airports of Burnpur, Rourkela and Bokaro under UDAN scheme. These airports are mainly patronized by SAIL employees as SAIL steel is the fulcrum of these cities. According to MoU, AAI will provide technical guidance and support, while SAIL will bear all the cost of terminal maintenance and operations. The MoU agreement is valid for a period of three years and will be reviewed after 3 years with mutual consent.

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BIAL Planning Authority to develop master plan for 10 years

Bangalore International Airport Area Planning Authority (BIAAPA) has decided to engage consultants to prepare a revised master plan for the area around Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli and other areas in the region. The move is to ensure orderly development in the local planning area with the BIAAPA master plan 2021 nearing completion of its tenure. The BIAPPA jurisdiction, spread over three taluks -Devanahalli, Doddaballapura and Bengaluru North (Hesaraghatta and Jala hoblis)- has undergone rapid changes in terms of population and land use in the last 10 years. There is exponential growth in other conurbation areas namely Devanahalli, Vijayapura and Doddaballapura.

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Pakyong Airport to be ready in 2018

Airports Authority of India is setting up the first airport in Pakyong in the hilly state of Sikkhim. The contract for the work has been awarded to Punj Lloyd in 2009. The greenfield will be capable of handling ATR-72 type of aircraft. Currently, people in the state have to travel to Bagodra in West Bengal to fly. As of October 2015 around 80% of the work have been completed and is likely to go operational in early 2016. The airport had seen delays for over two years due to land compensation issues and earth filling works.

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Dust bin goes high tech !

For the first time in the country, Indore airport added 2 smart bins. These are placed at arrival and departure lounges by Bengaluru-based company, Four Mirror Tech. Its trial was also conducted at the airport by dropping some garbage in the bin. Once the desired garbage level reached a certain level, the dustbin sent a message to airport manager- ?dustbin ID Level has increased. Please clean the Dustbin.? This move will aid convenience across the airport management

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Remote Air Traffic Control for smaller airports on the cards

AAI is set to use remote air traffic control to guide flights at small airports. The first of such move is to happen in Ahmedabad airport to control Surat airport by December 2018. Next, Remote and Virtual Tower (RVT) in Chennai is likely to control airport of Salem, Kadapa and Puducherry airports. Similarly, a remote tower at the Thiruvananthapuram airport for handling planes at Agatti in Lakshadweep islands is also on the radar. The plan is in its initial stage but discussions are going on to have a remote ATC tower in Chennai to handle aircraft at the three small airports where there may be one or two services a day. The idea is to avoid building a tower and station controllers, and keeping a maintenance team at small airports. AAI will be able to cut cost by adopting this system. It i

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Adani Group to expand Mundra Airport

Adani group plans to expand the airstrip in Mundra to a full fledged commercial airport with integrated cargo and aerospace operations. The company will upgrade the airstrip to a runway capable of handling large passenger aircraft like Boeing 747 and Airbus A350. A passenger terminal building with a capacity of 300 passengers, to be increased in the future, facilities for MRO, cargo hub centre are all on the cards. The project cost is estimated at Rs. 15,000 million. The company is in the process of getting statutory clearance. It may be noted, from 2008, government allowed private airports without any equity investment from AAI

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AAI to install high tech baggage scanner system

AAI has placed orders for hitech inline baggage scanners. AAI has placed the work order with London based global Smiths Detection for hold-baggage scanners, which will be installed in nine airports across the country. The in-line baggage screening system means air travellers will no longer have to queue-up near the X-ray machines to scan their baggage before check-in and will also result in smooth passenger flow at these airports. The cost of such high tech baggage scanning system is around USD 50 million . The scanners will be installed at nine airports, including Chennai and Kolkata. The CTX 9,800 high-speed explosives detection system can scan 1,800 bags per hour and is certified by the US Transportation Security Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

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UDAN to connect 56 unconnected airports and 31 helipads

India government is set to connect as many as 56 unserved airports and 31 unserved helipads through UDAN scheme. The regional air connectivity scheme or UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) launched last year seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports as well as make flying more affordable for the masses. With regard to expanding airport capacity, AAI balance sheet of AAI would be leveraged to raise more resources for funding the expansion plans. Currently, Airport Authority of India (AAI) manages 124 airports.

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