India’s air connectivity has grown the fastest in the world for the last five years according to global airlines body International Air Transportation Association (IATA).
According to IATA’s Chief Economist Brian Pearce, India registered a double-digit growth in domestic aviation market for the 50th consecutive month in October.
An analysis by the IATA showed that air connectivity grew the fastest at 114 percent in the five-year period from 2013-2018.
In recent years, many foreign as well as Indian carriers have commenced flights to and from various Indian cities, making it the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world as well.
However, Mr. Pearce said that even though there will be strong growth in the future, India needs to tackle the infrastructure challenge and make airports less crowded.
On steps being taken in India to address the infrastructure issues, he said that additional capacity is being put in place and some very good modern airports being built which is a “real positive”.
He also added that the lesson for the future is to provide good infrastructure because more is needed but at an affordable rate.
IATA’s director (global airport infrastructure and fuel) Mr.Hemant Mistry said that they have seen many examples of very high concession fees where a large proportion of the gross revenue of the airport is diverted to the government and not necessarily re-invested back into aviation.
With AAI implementing high end airport technology at major airports in India, they will surely be able to tackle the issue of congestion across airport and hopefully make India a global leader in commercial aviation.
Getting an Ola cab from Chennai airport has become more expensive!
Since August the app based cab aggregator has, in addition to the usual fee, been asking for ‘Transportaion hub charges’ of about Rs 60 – Rs 80 from customers travelling to or from the Chennai airport.
Previously Ola & Uber had been charging an addition Rs10 per trip to/from the airport. However, Airports Authority Of India (AAI) floated tenders to have a dedicated space at the airport and OLA bagged it.
Dedicated Ola hubs and kiosks were set up with separate pickup and drop off points, in an attempt to reduce waiting time and avoid congestion. AAI charges a license fee from OLA to use space inside the airport for this. Parking and other fees are also levied on the operator.
OLA is passing on this extra charges onto the passengers in the form of Transportation Hub Charges and asking customers to pay over and above the usual fare.
In other cities, Ola users get a One-Time Password (OTP) they can use to board the next available cab at the hub. In Chennai, customers continue to wait for the assigned cab to reach the pickup point and hence there is not much difference in the waiting time , according to customers.
At the airport, regular Ola users say, cabs are given a 10-minute exemption to pick up or drop passengers and hence collecting Rs 40-Rs60 extra can be reduced.
Drivers had earlier gone on a protest in protest against the share rides and the high commission rates demanded from them urging the state transport department to come out with a fare table for cabs to help limit the commission rates.
But not much progress has been reported from the government‘s side according to the transportation department.
Your flying experience doesn’t just depend on what airline you’re flying with, but also what airports you’re flying from.
AirHelp, a famous travel website which helps passengers to claim compensations, recently announced its ranking of 141 airports across the world.
The top airports on the list all earned praise for their friendly service, timeliness and clean, modern amenities. Unfortunately, not every airport came out looking so good.
The following 10 airports earned the lowest marks based on data assessing on-time performance, public reviews of quality of service and passenger sentiment on social media.
It’s fair to say that these airports have provided passengers plenty to complain about.
10. Eindhoven Airport
On Time Performance: 5.9
Passenger sentiment: 5.1
TOTAL: 6.39 (out of 10)
Eindhoven Airport in Netherlands is not the worst rated airport on this list, but it’s certainly not the best either.
If you go through the Facebook page of the Dutch airport you will find countless complaints about bad customer service, long security linesand general disarray.
Here’s an example of one of the thousand bad reviews on Facebook:
“After being dismissed by every staff member with the response of ‘That’s not my problem!’, it was nearly impossible for us to speak to someone in charge and when we finally got contact info they responded with a generic email just giving their condolences. Your condolences don’t give me back my money for the flight I missed because the airport security was such a train wreck.”
9. Bordeaux-Merignac Airport
On-time performance: 7.4
Quality of service: 5.6
Passenger sentiment: 5.1
The Bordeaux-Merignac Airport is located seven miles outside the city center of Bordeaux in southwestern France.
While it received decent marks for on-time performance, the airport lost points for passenger sentiment and quality of service.
Complaints about this airport frequently target unclean restrooms, long security lines, rude staff members and an overall unwelcoming feeling.
8. Edinburgh Airport
On-time performance: 6.6
Quality of service: 7.0
Passenger sentiment: 1.8
Even Though Edinburgh Airport tagline is “where Scotland meets the world,” some travellers were thoroughly unimpressed with this airport.
According to AirHelp’s analysis, the airport received pretty awful marks for passenger sentiment, which dragged down its overall score.
People who have flown through Edinburgh say it’s difficult
to navigate, mismanaged and chaotic.
Travelers also point out that the airport is severely lacking in seats to accommodate passengers as they wait, so many people end up sitting on the ground which is definitely not ideal.
7. Boryspil International Airport
On-time performance: 4.3
Quality of service: 8.0
Passenger sentiment: 4.9
If you’re planning to visit Kiev, Ukraine, chances are you’ll be flying into the No. 7 worst airport in the world, Boryspil International Airport.
Travellers have complained about the fact that it’s difficult to connect to this airport’s Wi-Fi and to find drinking fountains to fill up their water bottles.
Another common complaint is the state of the toilets at the airport which have been described as “Dirty & Smelly”.
On-time performance: 6.1
Quality of service: 6.6
Passenger sentiment: 2.6
People really like to complain about Manchester Airport on social media and that negative passenger sentiment is one of the main reasons the airport is No. 6 on this list.
Most recently, people have been grumbling about the fact that Manchester now charges a fee for passenger drop-offs, so even those who aren’t actually stepping foot inside the airport have something bad to say about it.
Other travellers say the airport doesn’t have enough staff to keep up with the number of passengers traveling through it, which creates long lines and lots of frustration.
5. Stockholm Bromma Airport
On-time performance: 4.4
Quality of service: 7.6
Passenger sentiment: 5.1
Despite Sweden regularly being named one of the happiest countries in the world, the country’s Stockholm Bromma Airport, located a few miles west of the city center, has caused quite a lot of headaches for recent travellers.
Though it’s much closer to the center of Stockholm than Sweden’s largest airport, Arlanda, travellers complain that the airport is tiny, which means there are few places to sit when things get busy.
The quality of service, however, has been rated higher because of the same reason, since a smaller airport also means quicker check-in and security procedures.
4. Paris Orly Airport
On-time performance: 5.3
Quality of service: 6.8
Passenger sentiment: 4.1
If you aren’t flying into Paris’s main international airport, Charles de Gaulle, you’re likely flying into Orly Airport, south of the city center.
And chances are, this will lead to a not-so-pleasant experience!
In addition to the airport’s low marks from AirHelp, travelers don’t hold back on its Facebook page. Some of the most common complaints about Orly include that it’s crowded, not welcoming, disorganized and somewhat difficult to navigate.
3. Lyon-Saint-Exupery Airport
On-time performance: 6.1
Quality of service: 5.8
Passenger sentiment: 4.2
Located on the eastern outskirts of Lyon, France, Travellers love the design and architecture of Lyon-Saint-Exupery, but that’s about where their compliments stop.
Travelers have complained about the lack of technology during the check-in process, long lines and unhelpful French staffers.
2.London Stansted Airport
On-time performance: 6.2
Quality of service: 5.8
Passenger sentiment: 1.1
When you think of London Airports you typically picture Gatwick or Heathrow.
But don’t leave out London Stansted Airport, which is roughly 40 miles northeast of the city center.
The airport also happens to be the second worst in the world, according to AirHelp’s findings, due to an abysmal score for passenger sentiment (though surprisingly not as low as London Gatwick Airport) and mediocre marks elsewhere.
What do travellers have to say about Stansted?
Well, for starters, they complain that the lines for check-in and security are always incredibly long and that it takes forever to get your bags once you land.
On-time performance: 4.1
Quality of service: 7.0
Passenger sentiment: 3.9
Coming in at “No. 1” on the list of the worst airports in the world? Kuwait Airport.
Travelers flying through here noted that it was disorganized and not as clean as they would have liked, and that they felt the staff was not very friendly.
As one disgruntled passenger expressed: “This airport is a total disgrace.”
By operating the maximum number of aircraft in 24 hours, Mumbai Airport broke its own record on Saturday.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
(CSMIA) handled a record 1004 flight movements in a day, exceeding its own
record of operating 1003 flights in June this year.
Part of the credits for this accolade goes to the incoming
of guests for the pre-wedding bash of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal in Udaipur.
The spike in flight operations is mainly due to the excess demand for flights and charter aircraft to Udaipur by several VVIPs attending the wedding function.
As many as 903 scheduled, 59 non-scheduled, 8 charter, 31 freight and 3 military flights were handled by the airport.
Similarly, the Maharana Pratap airport in Udaipur saw over 200 chartered flights fly into the city for the pre-wedding bash. The Ambani family has, apparently, booked 20 aircraft from commercial airlines for their guests.
According to Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson, they have ferried 1004 flights on a single runway within 24 hours. If they compare even internationally, then the busy Gatwick airport too, falls behind as they do not ferry these many flight movements.
The GVK consortium-led Mumbai Airport handled 48.49 million passengers in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, registering a 7.4 percent growth over FY17.
In a bid to boost international air connectivity, European carriers Air Italy and WOW Air have commenced their direct flights from Delhi.
Both these airlines offer direct flights to destinations in North America & Europe.
Air Italy’s Chief Operating Officer Mr. Rossen Dimitrov said the launch of its India-Italy sector represents another major step forward for the airline and reinforces its commitment to network expansion in Asia.
Kiran Jain, Managing Director, WOW air, said that the launch of the flight meant that passengers from India will be able to connect to 13 destinations in North America including Chicago, Washington DC, Orlando and NewYork within 145 minutes of arriving in Reykjavik.
Here are all the details about the flight schedules of both the airlines:
Air Italy will fly between Delhi and Milanthrice a week.
From next Friday, it will operate on Mumbai-Milan route 3 times using its 252-seater Airbus A-330 with 24 business and 228 economy seats
The aircraft has onboard Wi-Fi which will needto be switched off in Indian airspace as India is yet to allow the same
Economy passengers wishing to use onboard Wi-Fiwill, however, need to pay for the service
WOW Air will fly thrice a week between Delhi and Reykjavik(Iceland)
It also offers hopping flights from Iceland toNorth America and Europe.
The airline will be flying to 15 North American destinations which include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Toronto andSan Francisco
European destinations include Paris & London
WOW Air is the first airline which will allow direct connection between India and Iceland ever. Italy, on the other hand, has regular direct flights to and from India with Air India and Alitalia operating on these sectors.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport will now have increased safety and rapid response against threats and emergency.
In a bid to do this about 50 officials from Delhi Police, Central Industrial Security
Force (CISF), cargo workers, airlines staff and firefighters will be trained at
the Delhi airport to handle Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear
(CBRN) emergency situations.
This programme was initiated after the National DisasterManagement Authority (NDMA) carried out a survey at airports across country to find out preparedness against CBRN threats and identified gaps.
Here’s how the training will take place:
The training will be conducted by the NDMA
officials along with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
and Airports Authority to India (AAI)
They are focusing on training these officers and
enabling them to be able to manage the emergency situation until the experts
reach the site to contain the situation
The programme will have various aspects of the
CBRN emergency including safety, detection of CBRN threat, precautions against
it and then how to manage such an emergency
The training will start on December 10 and will
go on for five days
The programme will be led by Mr. S.K.Mishra, Senior
consultant to NDMA & a former scientists at Department of Atomic Energy
Experts from DAE, Institute of Nuclear Medicine Allied
Sciences (INMAS), Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), National Disaster
Response Force (NDRF) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will
also cover the lecture sessions and field exercises.
In case you didn’t know, isotopes used for medical purposes
are often stored in cargo terminals at airport, along with other hazardous
chemicals. This is very hazardous and can lead to an unwanted emergency
situation, making airports vulnerable to
Airport authorities will be trained on what to do and what not to do in such situations.
A new state-of-the-art Airport Terminal Building is all set to be constructed at the Vijayawada Airport.
The terminal will have modern facilities like such as Baggage Handling System, Arrival Baggage claim Carousels, Central Air-conditioning , Public Address System, Flight Information Display System(FIDS), and Check-in Counters with Common Use Terminal Equipment(CUTE) will be available.
The building boasts of a peak hour handling capacity of 1200 passengers (800 Domestic +400 International). The annual passengers handling capacity will be around 3.33 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA).
Here are a few other details of the new Vijayawada Airport’s Integrated Terminal :
The building will have 24 check-in counters, 1 baggage conveyor belt in the departure area and 5 baggage claim carousels
Since the airport is international, it will have a total of 14 immigration counters, 10 for arrivals and 4 for departure
There will be 4 customer redressal counters, 3 for arrival and 1 for departure
It can hold up to 1200 cars out of which 200 parking slots will be for taxi
The total cost of the new building is Rs 611 crores.
The terminal building will be spread across 35000 sqm
The design is inspired by the rural-urban blend of Vijayawada’s culture. the exteriors and interiors of the airport have been designed to show the uniqueness of this region.
The local environment and cultural reference, as well as the historical art and architecture of the region, are interpreted in a modern way to add life to the building.
Construction of the new facility is being done by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). It manages over 100 airports in India and has been taking major initiatives to improve air connectivity and enhance infrastructure at the airports by providing world-class facilities to passengers.
The Bhoomi Pujan of the new building was performed on Tuesday by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.