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Brand New Commercial Complex To Come Up At Chennai Airport!

Passengers travelling to the Chennai airport will soon be able to shop at a mall, watch a movie & stay in a hotel.

Airports Authority Of India is going to build these facilities in the 2 multi-level car parks which are being build on either side of the airport.

The ministry of environment and forest has given the green signal for construction of these facilities as part of the six-level 2,000-car park project.

Here are the details of this project:

  • The mall and multiplex will come up in the complex on the east side of the airport metro station while the hotel will come up on the west side.
  • There will be seven levels of parking in the east block and six levels in the west block.
  • The parking lot with its mall and hotel would be connected to the airport building using a link bridge
  • This link bridge would connect to the walkalator tube that runs parallel to the domestic and international terminal
  • Initially, the mall and the hotel were meant primarily for the passengers but visitors too would be able to make use of them.

The hotel will help transit passengers find good accommodation without travelling to the city. Transit rooms are no longer available at the airport as the old domestic terminal complex, which housed them, has been pulled down to construct an integrated terminal.

The airport currently sees a traffic of more than 5,000 cars a day. The multi-level car park will also be of help when the integrated terminal is completed.

AAI has started work which is expected to be completed by July 2020.

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Airports Authority Of India Bans “Single-Use” Plastic At 129 Airports

If you pay close attention to most things you purchase at an airport, you’ll notice that they are mostly wrapped in plastic.

However, in a bid to make the airports greener, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has imposed a ban on single-use plastics at 129 airports across the country.

According to a statement made by AAI, all airports will gradually become plastic-free, and this is the first step that the authority is taking towards going green.

Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Indore, Kolkata, Madurai, Pune, Raipur, Tirupati, Trichy, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada and Vizag airports have already been declared plastic free. These airports were selected on the basis of the third-party assessment carried out by the Quality Council of India(QCI).

Various steps have been undertaken to eliminate single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutlery, plastic plates etc.

Elaborating upon the next step in this implementation, AAI said that it has also asked the QCI to check how the ban has been implemented at 34 airports across the country that handle about 10 lakh passengers every year.

Going a step ahead in making airports green, the AAI plans to use plastic waste to lay new roads and repair old ones on the city-side of its Chennai airport. The pilot project will be undertaken in either Madurai, Chennai or Thiruvananthapuram.

The project will be implemented for city-side roads first, and if successful, it will also be extended to run along the compound wall of the airports and later, on taxiways.

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Bengaluru Airport Launches Women Friendly Taxi Service!

Cab services driven by women for female passengers were flagged off at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport(KIA) on Monday.

Karnataka State Tourism Development Corp (KSTDC) and Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) launched an all-women-run taxi service, Go Pink Cabs.

As the project is being run on an experimental basis, there are currently 10 taxis available, piloted by women drivers.

Apart from Uber, Ola, Karnataka Taxi, MegaCabs and Meru Cabs, women will now be able to book a Go Pink Cabs ride from KIA.

The cabs will be equipped with safety features, such as GPRS tracking and an SOS switch in case of any emergency. Solo female travellers or group of women can avail the cab services.

The pink cab service will be functional 24 hours and priced at Rs 21.50 per km during the day and Rs 23.50 per km at night.

According to KSTDC Managing Director Kumar Pushkar, the service has been implemented with an objective to provide a safe and secure mode of transport for women travellers from the airport, while also creating opportunities for women drivers to be self-employed.

The initiative is an effort to contribute to the socio-economic development of women from villages around the airport by recruiting women drivers from the vicinity.

Based on passenger feedback and demand, Go Pink Cabs will expand its fleet in the months to come.

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10 Bizarre Reasons Why Flights Have Been Delayed!

Every frequent flyer knows that flight delays are a way of life.

And most travellers can guess when a flight will be delayed depending on circumstances like ongoing bad weather.

But there have been instances when flights have been delayed due to strange and bizarre reasons which  have left travellers baffled.

Get ready to have your mind blown cause here are 10 strange and crazy reasons why flights have been delayed.

1. Scorpion Stings A Passenger

In August 2018, a passenger was stung on an Alaskan Airlines flight to Portland, Oregon.

The flight originated in Los Cabos, Mexico and was preparing to take off from LAX when the incident happened. The delay cost the airline about 50 total minutes, which doesn’t seem to be too bad.

But, the airline is yet to figure out how did a scorpion get on an airplane.

2.Snakes On An Airplane

Well, the incident is not exactly like how it happened in the movie, but the thought of a snake on an airplane can scare even the bravest of flyers.

In 2013, a small snake forced the grounding of a Japan-bound Qantas flight in the Australian city of Sydney. The snake, which was non-venomous, was about eight inches long.

The flight took off the next day ,however passengers were booked into hotels for their overnight layover. By the way, this was not the first or only snake incident for Qantas that year and a similar incident happened the year before.

3.Flight Attendants Fighting

In 2012, two flight attendants manning an American Eagle flight from JFK to Washington-Reagan (DCA) couldn’t see eye-to-eye on something.

The argument got so heated up that the cockpit crew determined it was necessary to turn the airplane around and head back to JFK ,where it remained for nearly four hours.

It’s hard to believe that  the issue was so big that the attendants couldn’t  work with each other for an hour, but supposedly they didn’t!

4.Mice Situation

Last year a Qatar Airways flight from Madrid to Doha was delayed for more than six hours after a mouse was found in the cabin.

Much to the mouse’s surprise, passengers were significantly alarmed by its presence on the airplane.

On landing at the Barajas Airport in Madrid, the plane had to be fumigated which resulted in a 6-hour delay of the return flight.

5.Slow-Moving Turtles

More than 400 diamondback terrapin turtles managed to find their way to New York City’s JFK Airport, with several of them actually making their way onto the airport’s runways and taxiways, leading to several flight delays.

The incident happened again after a few years which caused flights to get delayed by an hour.

According to experts, turtles had been using the same route to migrate prior to JFK’s existence, which is why such incidents have occurred in the past.

6.Asking Passengers To Pay For Jet Fuel

When an Air France flight was redirected from Beirut to Damascus because of civil unrest in the August of 2012, the crew asked passengers to scrape together whatever cash they could to pay for fuel.

The Syrian authorities declined to pay for the fuel, and alternate arrangements were made, however, the confusion caused a delay of more than 2 hours.

To be fair, it’s still better than landing in a country on brink of a war.

7.Improperly Served Nuts

In 2014 vice president of Korean Air & daughter of the airlines owner, Heather Cho, made headlines all over the world when she forced a flight leaving JFK, to head back to the airport.

She was offered macadamia nuts in a packet instead of a plate, which didn’t go down well with her.

She forced the flight attendants to kneel before her and wanted them thrown out of the airplane. She was later escorted off the premises by the police and was eventually arrested and sentenced to one year in jail.

8.Boy Band’s Shopping Spree

American sensations “One Direction” delayed an entire British Airways flight from Heathrow (LHR) to LAX for 15 minutes so that they could do some duty-free shopping.

According to a band spokesman, the band members had left the airport between flights and had been stuck in traffic on the way back to LHR, however they were spotted by fans shopping inside the terminal.

9.A Lawn Chair Got In The Way Of The Airplane

Presumably lacking space in his garden, Larry Walters, an American citizen,  decided to tie industrial balloons to his lawn chair to enjoy a cold beer mid-air.  

A Pan Am flight had to alter its course, at 16,000 feet incase he flew up that high, causing the flight o delay.

10.Passenger Opens Emergency Door By Mistake

In 2016, one of the 130 passengers aboard a China Southern Airlines flight leaving Chengdu Airport (CTU) opened the emergency door just before take-off, leading to a delay of more than an hour.

The passenger later explained that he thought the door was a window and just wanted to “get some fresh air.”

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Flight Operations At Bengaluru & Delhi Airport Affected Due To Fog!

For the 4th time this month, fog disrupted flight operations at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport with 38 departures being delayed on Sunday morning.

Around 11 arriving flights were also delayed as fog enveloped the airport for the second time in three days. On Friday morning, 50 flights were affected due to the same reason.

According to the Bangalore International Airport Limited, four flights, including three Air India flights from Ahmedabad, Vishakhapatnam and Dubai, and another Indigo flight from Delhi were diverted to Chennai and Hyderabad airports.

With an old Instrument Landing System in place at the KIA, fog-related disruptions have become an annual affair and are expected to last till February this year.

However, the commencement of flight operations on newly launched Runway 2, expected from September this year, will bring good news for KIA passengers.

Runway 2 comes equipped with a mechanism to help flight operations continue during foggy conditions as well as with improvised facilities for landing during low visibility.

In Delhi, however, there is no improvement in the situation, after 41 flights were delayed again due to heavy fog.

Delhi International Airport Limited on December 6 said that the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is fully prepared to handle flight operations during dense fog.

The very next day, 362 flights were delayed and 38 cancelled. In fact, since the first week of December, there have been regular delays and cancellations at India’s busiest airport that handles 1,300 arrivals and departures every day. And it has hit passengers hard.

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The World’s Safest & Punctual Airlines In The World For 2019!

If you’re a nervous traveller, you’ll be interested to know that Qantas is the safest airline in the world, according to a new list from AirlineRatings.com.

The Australian airline has nabbed the top spot on the annual list since 2014, although technically it was a joint winner in 2018. United Airlines is back on the list after the ranking left it out it last year.

AirlineRatings.com put together its list by sourcing data from 405 airlines, looking at points like government audits, crash and serious incident records, and profitability.

While Qantas has the top spot, Finnair and Hawaiian are not far behind.

Here is the list of the top 20 safest airlines in alphabetical order (which is how AirlineRatings.com presents the list):

  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Emirates
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • SAS
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia

The Most Punctual Airline In The World

Panama’s Copa Airlines SA has been crowned 2018’s most punctual carrier in a global survey.

Latvia’s Air Baltic ranked second among airlines arriving or departing within 15 minutes of scheduled times, according to a report by data firm OAG Aviation Worldwide Ltd.

Hong Kong Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Bangkok Airways rounded out the top five. IndiGo & Air Asia India have come in the Top 20 as well.

About 4.3 billion passengers traveled by air last year, 6.1 percent more than in 2017, according to a preliminary report by the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization. Airlines filled a record 81.9 percent of their seats in 2018.

Here’s The List Of The Most Punctual Airlines in the world in 2019

  • 1. Copa Airlines (89.79%)*.
  • 2. AirBaltic (89.17%).
  • 3. Hong Kong Airlines (88.11%).
  • 4. Hawaiian Airlines (87.52%).
  • 5. Bangkok Airways (87.16%).
  • 6. Qantas Airways (85.65%).
  • 7. LATAM Airlines Group (85.60%).
  • 8. Azul (85.21%).
  • 9. Qatar Airways (85.17%).
  • 10. KLM (84.52%).

*On-Time Performance

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IndiGo & Air Asia India Amongst The Most Punctual Airlines Globally!

Low-Cost Carriers IndiGo & Air Asia India are the only 2 Indian Airlines to make it to the top 20 most punctual airlines in the world in 2018.

Among airports, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Bhubaneshwar feature in the top 20 list of the most punctual airports across the globe.

The report published by OAG Punctuality League ,a UK-based air travel intelligence firm, analysed 58 million flight records in 2018 to create a ranking of the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and airports.

On-Time Performance (OTP) is the percentage of flights that depart or arrive within 15 minutes of schedule. Airports handling at least 25 lakh passengers have been ranked according to their punctuality.

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by passengers carried and fleet size, was ranked at number six under ‘Mega Airline’ list and at number seven in ‘Low-Cost Carrier’ list for punctuality. It also took the tenth spot in Asia Pacific region for best punctuality.

AirAsia India was ranked at number 12 in low-cost carrier list for punctuality.

Under large airports with best punctual or on-time performance, Hyderabad and Bengaluru airports took the number 13 and 16 spots respectively. Airports with 10-20 million passengers in a year were identified in this category.

Bhubaneshwar Airport also secured a place at number 20 in the small airport list with annual passenger traffic of 2.5 to 5 million.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport was ranked at 13 in the list of mega airports for punctuality, which has over 30 million passengers departing every year. It is currently the seventh busiest airports in Asia and among the top 20 busiest airports in the world.

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SpiceJet Under Scanner After Mid-Air New Year Celebration!

A mid-air new year celebration party has landed SpiceJet into trouble with Indian aviation regulators Directorate General Of Civil Aviation(DGCA).

On December 31 last year, the private airline decided to celebrate the arrival of 2019 onboard. The crew wore colourful wigs and carried pompoms while greeting passengers in their seats.

What irked the DGCA was a video on social media that showed passengers dancing on board a mid-air flight. The regulator has summoned the airline officials seeking an explanation.

Here are the details of the incident:

  • The video was taken inside flight SG 282 flying from Amritsar to Goa.
  • In the video, it is seen that while the aircraft was mid-air, many passengers were moving around the aisle dancing, clicking photos, and even posing with the cabin crew.
  • According to DGCA this is a violation of cabin-safety requirements. Use of cell phones to take pictures mid-air is also a violation of safety rules.

The regulator is probing whether crew members joined in the celebration and if it was an incident inside only one aircraft. However, SpiceJet said no protocols were violated and the airline crew did not participate in the dancing.

According to SpiceJet, On one specific flight, after completion of service and prior to the seat belt sign coming, they got some of their cabin crew members to greet passengers while walking down the aisle.

“The people seen dancing were passengers who got momentarily carried away. The crew immediately requested the passengers to be seated. The captain also put on the seat belt sign and appropriate announcements were made.”

This is not the first time that the regulator has taken a strict stance against a mid-air bash inside an aircraft.

In 2014, the DGCA had sent a show-cause notice to SpiceJet for holding a 10-minute dance show inside an aircraft. In 2016, the regulator had also grounded the crew of Jet Airways after singer Sonu Nigam was allowed to perform mid-air over the public announcement device inside an aircraft.

Mid-air bashes, however, are common as airlines regularly use them to attract flyers and improve their brand image. Airlines such as Finnair and AirAsia have conducted dance and birthday celebrations onboard their flights.

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