Newsdesk

1. Bangalore International Airport Ltd.

  • Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) grew at an unprecedented pace in FY 2017-18 and welcomed a record high of 26.91 million passengers. It served 22.88 million passengers in FY 2016-17. At the end of March 2018, BLR Airport recorded a passenger growth of 17.6% over the previous fiscal. BLR Airport witnessed 197,330 Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) during the year – a growth of 10.8%. Cargo movement too improved by 9.1%, with a throughput of 348,403 metric tonnes (MT). This is astonishing, considering the challenges of operating beyond the terminal capacity of 20 MPA. From 82% in 2016-17 to 84% in 2017-18, the OTP too has improved significantly.
  • The Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) team of Bangalore International Airport Limited observed the annual Fire Prevention Week from April 14 to 20. The theme of the year was “Let us be partners in preventing fire, protecting life and property”. The week-long campaign is conducted to raise awareness about fire safety. 
  • The quartet of Sunil Kumar VM (Sr. Manager ARFF), Hari Kumar D (Manager ARFF), Ravi Krishnan (Manager Aviation Safety) and Vinod Kumar (Dy Manager BCM) — representing BIAL — received the Special Jury Award at the National level Safety Competition conducted by Confederation of Indian Industries in Chennai on 26th April 2018. 
  • As leaders in sustainable development, BLR Airport played a proactive role in celebrating the World Earth Day/ Forest Day (April 22). This year’s World Earth Day was dedicated to spreading awareness about the pollution caused by plastic and the need to end its use. BIAL teamed up with I-Care, an NGO, and distributed seeds, which were highly appreciated by passengers. 
  • BLR Airport terminal provided the perfect platform for two talented students from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology to create dice mosaic mural of legendary mathematician S Ramanujan. Installed near Belt 1 at Domestic Arrivals, the 100 square-feet work of art is made up of 40,000 pieces of dice. Mind you, it is a Guinness World Record attempt.

 

2. Cochin International Airport Ltd.

  • Catching up with the momentum witnessed by Indian aviation sector, Cochin International Airport has logged the magical figure of 10 million passengers in a single financial year. Cochin International airport, the first airport in the world fully powered by solar energy and the first airport in the country built under PPP model, has passed through this major milestone, in its 19 year long history on 28th March 2018 when the Indigo flight 6E 563 from Chennai had docked its terminal -2 at 12.20 pm. As a gesture of gratitude, the airport company (CIAL)’s managing director, Mr. V.J. Kurian gifted one sovereign gold coin to the representative of the passenger who was disembarked from the aircraft. 

 

3. Delhi International Airport Ltd.

  • While being adjudged the No.1 Airport in the world in ACI ASQ, Delhi Airport is also the 16th busiest Airport in the World for CY17 in terms of passenger traffic overtaking Incheon, Changi and Jakarta International Airports as per the recent ACI report
  • DIAL was accorded 2018 Golden Peacock Business Excellence Award under Transportation (Aviation) sector for the year 2018.
  • DIAL was accorded Silver Recognition under ACI Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition 2018 at the ACI Asia Pacific Conference held at Narita, Japan. The case study on “Integrated Waste to Wealth Program for Waste Minimization at IGIA” has been highly commended and was evaluated as one of the best among 19 participating Airports of the Asia Pacific region. 
  • In line with the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s recommendation to create Delhi & Chennai as Air Cargo Transshipment Hubs, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has revamped its erstwhile TP shed into an integrated Transshipment Excellence Centre (TEC) comprising T1, T2, T3 & Cargo Terminals. These TECs are located at four sterile locations of IGIA airside, spread over a combined area of approx. 7,500 sqm and equipped with all required operational apparatuses for 24 x 7 hr operations. These TECs will ensure smooth and faster re-connect of air cargo routed through Delhi Airport for Domestic to Domestic; International to Domestic; Domestic to International & International to International flights in most efficient manner within the security hold area. The TEC will provide a new momentum to air cargo transshipment contributing to overall cargo business growth.
  • British Standard Institution (BSI) has certified DIAL’s Customer Response Management (CRM) for ISO 10002:2014 – the International Standard of Customer Satisfaction Management System. DIAL is the only Indian Airport Operator to have been conferred with this accreditation for its customer satisfaction management. 
  • DIAL has released Ground Operations Safety Manual (GOSM) for Delhi Airport community, a first of its kind to be published in India. The Manual is aimed to act as a guideline to operators to maintain highest safety standards at Delhi Airport. 
  • The Fire Service Week 2018 was observed across Delhi Airport to commemorate brave martyrs and hone the attitude of general public towards fire safety. In pursuit to commitment to Fire Service, DIAL ARFF team participated in National Fire Service Games 2018 and had secured 02 Gold, 03 Silver and 01 Bronze at the event held at NFSC, Nagpur.
  • DIAL observed 29th National Road Safety Week from 23rd to 30th Apr 2018 at the Airport with great zeal. During the week, DIAL organized various events and Road safety campaign including display of Road safety banners, bike rally, Marathons, Drawing competition, Free Pollution checks, Vehicle fitness checks, Nukkad Nataks, etc. to create Road Safety awareness. 
  • New Routes /Frequencies:
    • Alliance Air has commenced a thrice weekly flight to Pathankot with effect from April 05, 2018.
    • Air India has started a thrice flight to Durgapur with effect from April 15, 2018.
    • Air Asia India has introduced a daily flight to Imphal effective 16th April 2018.

 

4. GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.

  • GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad has been awarded Gold in the prestigious ‘ACI Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition 2018’ in the 5-15 Million Passengers Per Annum category. The evaluation was carried out amongst 19 eligible submissions. The review panel has praised the Hyderabad Airport’s project on “Innovation and Technology in Waste Minimisation Project at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad”.
  • GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) has announced that its cargo terminal has been certified with the World Health Organisation’s Good Storage and Distribution Practices (WHO-GSDP)
  • GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) has announced that in line with its commitment to be 100% LED airport, it has completed the project of converting entire Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) signage from CFL (Compact fluorescent lamp) to LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps. A total of 132 units of AGL signage were converted from CFL to LED in a span of two weeks. More than 350 LED strips of 10W power were retrofitted to these signage. All these installations meet the mandatory regulatory requirement and maintain the required photometry level as per the operational needs. These signage are deployed across around 1700 acres of the airside. LEDs are known to be highly energy efficient with a life span of more than 50,000 running hours and 90% less power consumption than incandescent bulbs – reducing power cost and saving of energy. With the upgrade to energy efficient LED signage, RGIA would save almost 45% of energy used over the conventional lights. The energy thus saved will reduce the airport’s dependency on traditional non-renewable sources of energy, slashing the greenhouse gas emission, which in this case translates to reduction of over 20,000 Kg of CO2 per annum. GMR Hyderabad International Airport had recently converted its entire taxiway edge lights from conventional lamps to LED, becoming the first airport in South India to achieve this feat. The entire land-side of the airport has been converted to LED.