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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 11 December

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 11 December

AAI to build new terminal building at Patna airport, India

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has plans to construct a new terminal at Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport in Patna, Bihar, to manage growing passenger traffic. Originally designed to handle 700,000 passengers, the Patna airport handled 2.11 million passengers in the year 2016-17 owing to growth in aviation during past few years. The proposed terminal building is coming up with an investment of Rs8bn ($124m) and will have passenger handling capacity of 4.5 million. The terminal is designed to handle 2,250 passengers during peak hours. Construction work is scheduled to start from April next year.

Air India to launch Bengaluru-Hubballi services from December 12

Air India will commence its services to Hubballi (erstwhile Hubli) from Bengaluru, connecting Mumbai from December 12. The airline will deploy an Airbus A319 to cater to the new service, connecting the commercial hub of Karnataka with the state capital.

Airports Authority of India planning to set up air cargo hub in Udupi district

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has drawn up a plan to set up its cargo hub in the region, and has asked revenue department to acquire and hand over to it 2,500 acres of land. A decision to identify alternative land in three places of Udupi district was taken at a meeting of Airports Authority held at Bengaluru on June 1 this year. It is said that the authority plans to manage traffic density in the international airport at Mangaluru in this way as it expects 56 aircrafts presently using he runway at Mangaluru per day to increase to 80 to 100 shortly.

Chennai to bring in A-CDM to cut delays

India’s fifth biggest airport will join others across the world in the coming months by bringing in Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM). Chennai International  will trial an A-CDM project in over the next three to six months according to Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials.

Govt boost to air connectivity: 150-200 airports expected to be operational soon, says Jayant Sinha

The government is looking to make 150-200 airports operational in the coming years, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said. Speaking at an event organised by BJP leader Khalid Jehangir led Foundation for Resource Development and Education. Sinha revealed that the present 200 million passenger trips recorded by the Indian aviation sector could increase to 1 billion in 10-15 years, surpassing the United States and China. He added the current BJP-led NDA government had built 25 new airports in addition to the 75 operational airports built during the Congress-led UPA-II government’s tenure.

India’s air traffic grows at double that of China in October, says IATA

India’s domestic air traffic clocked double-digit growth for the 38th straight month in October, at a rate double that of China, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said. “India topped the domestic growth chart once again,” IATA said in a report, adding, “Year-on-year growth in domestic India… increased to a ten-month high of 20.4% in October—its 38th month in double-digit territory.” Domestic air traffic in China grew 10%, Brazil 7.7%, Russia 6.1%, the US 5.3%, Australia 2.8% and Japan 2.3%.

Rules Relaxed for Private Jets to Fly Out of India

Prior permission for private jets to fly out of India will no longer be required each time, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said. The move will come into effect from Dec. 15. “These revised regulations shall come into effect from 15.12.2017, and thereafter, Indian aircraft operators approved/authorized to undertake international operations shall not be required to obtain prior permission from DGCA for undertaking international non-scheduled flights from/to airports with custom/immigration facilities,” the regulator said in an official statement.

SpiceJet concludes seaplane trials

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has concluded trials for possible services with the Quest Kodiak aircraft equipped as a seaplane. Over the last six months SpiceJet and Quest owner Setouchi have explored opportunities to provide regional air connectivity to smaller towns and cities in the subcontinent that remain unconnected due to infrastructure challenges.

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