Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | 13-08-2022 | 06:00 am
The wait in getting your luggage from the domestic terminal at Ahmedabad airport is likely to get longer with the management deciding to close one of the three conveyor belts for repairs.Sources in a well-known airline said one conveyor belt will remain closed for repairs between August 15 and October 15. The closure of one conveyor belt is likely to affect the festival season travel.The daily footfall at the Ahmedabad domestic airport is likely to increase to 3,000 due to increase in frequency in the festival season. As many as 180 flights will operate from the domestic terminal.The source said that there will be a delay in passengers getting their luggage if only two conveyor belts are working, especially if three flights land at the same time.This development will also affect flight schedules.Passenger load is likely to increase with the DGCA lifting the fare cap on domestic airlines from September 1. Airlines have asked the airport management to increase the staff at the conveyor belt to speed up access for passengers.
Chandigarh International Airport was Wednesday renamed Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport on the legendary freedom fighter’s birth anniversary.Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the plaque in a ceremony held at the airport.ਸੱਚੀਆਂ ਨੀਅਤਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਮੁਰਾਦਾਂ ਨੇ…ਸ਼ਹੀਦਾਂ ਦੀ ਧਰਤੀ ਤੋਂ ਸਹੁੰ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਸੀ…ਅੱਜ ਆਪਣੇ ਕੌਮਾਂਤਰੀ ਹਵਾਈ ਅੱਡੇ ਦਾ ਨਾਮ ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਭਗਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੇ ਨਾਮ ‘ਤੇ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ…ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਭਗਤ ਸਿੰਘ ‘ਤੇ Research ਲਈ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ, ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ‘ਚ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਤਰਫੋਂ ਇੱਕ Chair ਵੀ ਸਥਾਪਿਤ ਕਰਾਂਗੇ…1/2 pic.twitter.com/brFgP07lXx— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) September 28, 2022https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is reaching all corners of the country. Every time we see the faces of our worthy freedom fighters, their names on our public buildings, we remember the sacrifices done by their generations. We don’t take our freedom for granted,” Sitharaman said on the occasion.Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya and his Punjab counterpart Banwarilal Purohit expressed their delight on the occasion stating Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s “true devotion towards our Motherland will remain an inspiration forever”.Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Civil Aviation General (Retd.) V.K. Singh, who was also present on the occasion, said the naming of Chandigarh Airport after Bhagat Singh by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a prestigious moment for the nation.“Bhagat Singh is an inspiration for millions of youth of the country and this is a befitting tribute to his glorious memory,” he added.Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann thanked Prime Minister Modi and welcomed the decision of naming the Chandigarh Airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on his part said that the young generation should draw inspiration from Bhagat Singh’s sacrifice and established values.Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher was also among those present on the occasion.Chandigarh International Airport Limited is a joint venture of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in association with the governments of Punjab and HaryanaPresently, the airport is connected to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kangra, Kolkata, Kullu, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Pune and Srinagar in the country. Internationally, the city is connected to Dubai and Sharjah.The airport handled 17,936 international passengers and 2,271,233 domestic passengers in the year 2021-2022. In addition to this, the airport has also handled about 11000 MT of domestic air cargo in the financial year 2021-2022.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had during his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on September 25 said that the Chandigarh airport will be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a tribute to the great freedom fighter and the government’s promptness is visible in the fact that the same stands achieved within three days of the announcement.
Actor Rahul Bose took to Twitter and expressed his fury at Vistara airlines. However, he accidentally tagged a woman of the same name, who later modified her bio and added ‘Not an airline’. Rahul shared his disappointing experiences on the micro-blogging site, saying that he was not able to find lounge access at the Ahmedabad airport, and complained about tasteless food.Rahul wrote, “Apathetic ground staff, no lounge access for business class passengers, delayed boarding, food that looked intriguing but was deceptively inedible, mask protocol moody at best. Have flown @vistara four times this week. Erratic on all metrics. Today’s #UK956 Ahd-Bom case in point.” He accidentally tagged a woman instead of Vistara airlines. Her bio now says, ‘Not an airline’.A representative from the airline responded, “Hi Mr. Bose, we are concerned to note your agony. We regret that currently, we do not have a lounge tie-up at Ahmedabad airport. We are constantly working on making necessary enhancements. With regard to other concerns, we request some time to check with our team. Please allow us time till we get back. Your patience in the interim will be highly appreciated. Thanks, Aishwarya.”Apathetic ground staff, no lounge access for business class passengers, delayed boarding, food that looked intriguing but was deceptively inedible, mask protocol moody at best. Have flown @vistara four times this week. Erratic on all metrics. Today’s #UK956 Ahd-Bom case in point.— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) September 26, 2022However, Rahul was in no mood to be placated and continued, “You clearly don’t regret it because the ground staff person (I don’t want to mention names) casually, almost bored, without a hint of embarrassment (you have to hand it to her for sheer chutzpah), said there was no lounge facility for Business Class passengers. Zero apology!”Rahul Bose had visited Ahmedabad to meet the teams before the rugby tournament at the 2022 National Games of India. On the work front, he was last seen in Eternally Confused and Eager for Love. He will now be seen next in the film, Salaam Venky.
Preparations for the upcoming defence expo, to be held at Gandhinagar from October 18 to 22, have started.The Ministry of Civil Defence and the Ministry of Civil Aviation have declared the airspace of Ahmedabad airport as a ‘no-fly zone’ for two hours in the evening from October 13 to 22.The ministries have declared NOTAM (notice to airmen) for the air show of fighter planes that will be the main attraction.The NOTAM at the airport will last for a total of 10 days. It will start on October 13 and end on October 22 and last for two hours, between 4.25pm and 6.10pm. During the two hours of NOTAM, in the evening, the arrival and departure of any plane within 30km radius of Ahmedabad Airport and up to 20,000-feet height will be halted.This proposed change will affect the schedule of some passenger flights arriving at Ahmedabad airport, which will result in disruption of flight timings. As per sources close to the development, “Many countries of the world and companies producing defence equipment and war weapons are participating in the expo. Fighter planes from these countries will be brought to the Ahmedabad airport.”The biggest attraction of the defence expo will be the air show by the fighter planes. India’s most advanced fighter planes and helicopters will also be part of the show.According to sources, the country’s Tejas and Sukhoi, as well as Chinook and Rudra helicopters will also be shown.
Scindia also said that the Aviation Ministry aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. Addressing the All India Management Association’s national convention, the minister said, “Indian airports will not just achieve the net zero target by 2030, but will likely have over 400 million passengers by then,” adding that the infrastructure on the ground must be improved and increased to handle the increase in passenger footfalls.Scindia informed that currently Kochi and Delhi airports are carbon-neutral out of the total 141 airports in the country.Speaking about the growth in airport infrastructure in the country, the minister said that in the last eight years, the number of airports in the country has increased from 74 to 141 and this will grow up to 220 in the next five years.Scindia also talked about reduction of VAT by many states. As of now, 16 states have VAT on jet fuel between 1 per cent and 4 per cent. The lowering of VAT in ATF will help in greater connectivity and will prompt refuelling.Scindia also said that he had a detailed discussion with the West Bengal delegation about the steps needed to be taken to expand airport infrastructure in the state and laid out his intention for an aggressive expansion plan for Kolkata Airport.
Heavy air traffic at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport on Sunday morning resulted in seven flights that were to land at the airport being unable to do so. They thus had to hover above the airport for some time before being allowed to land.Airline sources said the ongoing construction of the taxiway on the runway was also affecting airline operations. Sources said the aircraft traffic is heavy at the airport on weekends with a flight being cleared for take-off or landing every 10 to 15minutes.Flight congestion took place on Sunday morningOn Sunday morning for an hour between 7.30 AM to 8.30 AM, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) gave clearance for take-off to an aircraft every 10 minutes. Since the runway had a lot of congestion for flights that were to take off, a clearance could not be given to those that wanted to land.This resulted in seven flights of airlines like Indigo, Vistara and Emeritus having to hover over the airport during different periods.Apart from this, sources said, the ongoing construction work of the taxiway on the runway also results in repeated flight delays.Delays burn ATF, escalate costs for airlinesA source said that when a flight has to hover above the airport waiting to get permission to land it results in wastage of air turbine fuel which adds to the overall expense of an airline.Seven flights that were impacted• Mumbai-Ahmedabad (Indigo)• Kolkata-Ahmedabad, (Indigo)• Hyderabad-Ahmedabad, (Indigo)• Delhi-Ahmedabad, (Indigo)• Mumbai-Ahmedabad,(Vistara)• Delhi-Ahmedabad, (Vistara)• Dubai-Ahmedabad,(Emirates)