Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Çelebi seeks expansion in liberalised Indian ground-handling market

Jane's Airport Review
Neelam Mathews

India's ground-handling market is poised for change. After nine years of uncertainty, in May 2017 the Supreme Court of India cleared the way for liberalisation – confirming calls for reform in the 2016 National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP).
"The Directorate General of Civil Aviation needs to come out with a Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) soon now," more in Janes Airports

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pawan Hans begins path to disinvestment


11th August 2017 - 12:07 by Neelam Mathews in Delhi 

Pawan Hans begins path to disinvestment
Government disinvestment of India’s only state-owned helicopter company Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) is moving to fruition with transaction and legal advisors and asset valuers chosen, Junior Minister for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha confirmed in parliament on 10 August. 
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

AAI persists with northeast development strategy

Neelam Mathews - IHS Jane's Airport Review
08 August 2017
Guwahati Airport in northeast India is being expanded, as operator AAI aims to develop regional air connectivity. (Neelam Mathews)
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has selected the small airport in Guwahati, northeast India, to be upgraded into a regional hub serving Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
These five countries all lie within a flying time of 45-60 minutes from Guwahati. The airport (also known as Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport) is already the busiest in northeast India but it requires “robust infrastructure” to serve destinations in Southeast Asia and the rest of India, AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said on 1 August during a conference on strengthening northeast Indian aviation connectivity, held in Guwahati.
The AAI appointed US-based AECOM as project management consultant for the Guwahati development programme. The AECOM design for a new USD172 million, 77,500 m² passenger terminal has been approved; Mohapatra described it as a “grand terminal with an emphasis on state-of-the-art equipment”.
DK Kamra, AAI regional executive director, told Jane’s that construction tenders will be released soon for local companies. Completion of the new terminal is planned for 2020. The project also includes a parallel taxiway; two hangars for narrowbody aircraft; terminal equipment (CUSS and CUTE) from SITA; and Cat I ILS equipment from Leonardo. “The airports in the region must look at installing Cat I operations,” said HS Khola, a former chief of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
According to IATA, India is the fourth largest national aviation market in the world behind the United States, China, and Japan – but it risks becoming a victim of its success unless infrastructure development keeps pace with traffic growth.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Boeing's Bullish India Outlook May Undercount Regional Aircraft

 - August 3, 2017, 1:40 PM

SpiceJet Q400
Budget carrier SpiceJet is using some of its Q400s for India's Regional Connectivity Scheme. (Photo: Neelam Mathews)

Boeing’s 20-year market outlook for India, released on July 31, reflects the manufacturer’s optimism that the Indian economy will remain strong and grow from the world’s seventh to third largest by 2037. But that outlook may underestimate the need for smaller regional jets identified during a conference the following day in India’s northeast region.
Based on the expected economic underpinning, Boeing forecast a demand for 2,100 new airplanes valued at $290 billion over the next two decades, increasing from the 1,850 new airplanes it predicted last year. “This is the highest-ever forecast we have presented for India,” Dinesh Keskar, Boeing senior vice president of sales for Asia-Pacific and India, said during a briefing in Delhi.
The bullish Boeing forecast, however, calls for only 10 new deliveries of regional jets of 90 seats and below from 2017 to 2036—the same number as estimated last year.
Boeing is “still gaging how regionals will pan out” and may increase its forecast for smaller jets next year, Keskar said. He agreed that India’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) called Udan (“Let every person fly”) will open new regional routes for aircraft including Boeing’s 737 narrowbody airliner. “Over the next four-to-five years, the growth on those (regional) routes will make a Boeing 737 viable. We are very bullish that if it (RCS) works out, we will be one of the beneficiaries,” he told AIN.
India recently launched the first phase of the RCS, offering subsidies to operators flying to remote, new and underserved destinations. The second phase of bidding for routes is expected in the next two months.
The RCS has brought a fresh focus on connectivity to the neglected eight states of India’s North East Region (NER), an area that shares disputed borderland with China. The geographically isolated region suffers from a lack of transportation infrastructure and is considered a priority for development, with numerous airstrips and airports being upgraded.
At the “Strengthening Aviation Network” conference held on August 1, a proposal was advanced to designate the host city of Guwahati in the Indian state of Assam as the region’s hub. There is currently an international airport under construction in Guwahati.
“It is time India starts leveraging the NER as entry into Southeast Asia,” declared Ravi Capoor, chief secretary for industries and commerce with the government of Assam. Capoor proposed basing the NER on the model of Yunnan province in China, which has become an air portal into Southeast Asia.
While markets take time to develop, India Ministry of Civil Aviation director Shefali Juneja described the greater region encompassing the so-called BCLMVcountries of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Mynamar and Vietnam as a dynamic, fast-growing area with close ethnic and cultural ties to India. Those factors point to high traffic potential, she said.
But realizing the region’s vision of improved connectivity will require smaller regional aircraft including turboprops, suggested Vinod Kayle, secretary of civil aviation with the government of Arunachal Pradesh, the smallest of the NERstates. “If you want to connect the NER, focus on ATR-42-size (aircraft), as in this terrain, land is vital,” he said.
Conference chairman Pran Sathiadasan said India will need to rethink its NERaviation policy to waive the 20-aircraft minimum clause for operators flying abroad. Depending on passenger numbers, BCLMV countries will also need regional aircraft, he added.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation is expected to meet August 14 to discuss regulatory changes and the need to declare Guwahati as a hub between the NER and neighboring Southeast Asian countries that have short flying distances of around 45 minutes.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Gan upgrade takes centre stage in Maldives

Neelam Mathews
Aug 1 2017

Major redevelopments are underway at Gan International Airport to exploit the tourism potential of Addu Atoll in the Maldives.
In line with its privatisation policy, in 2012 the government set up a joint venture called Addu International Airport Ltd (AIA), in which the state holds a 70% stake. Jane’s  understands that AIA is about to release tenders worth an estimated USD10 million for air traffic control systems and ground-handling equipment.
Work in progress includes new aircraft parking bays and apron resurfacing, said Ibrahim Fazil, chairman of the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. “The main issue for Gan is lack of flights,” he told Jane’s  . Read more.....
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Indian carriers eye inflight Internet as country mulls removing block

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Saudi Arabia opts for Aireon

Neelam Mathews - IHS Jane's Airport Review
24 July 2017
Air traffic in the Middle East will have an additional 244 million passengers a year on routes to, from, and within the region by 2035, according to an IATA 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.
In anticipation, air navigation service provider (ANSP) Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) will begin assessing the safety and efficiency benefits of deploying the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) service in Saudi airspace.
The two parties announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 14 July 2017. SANS is to develop and analyse a concept of operations for ADS-B as an additional layer of surveillance.