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 Post subject: Re: Vizag International Airport
PostPosted: July 10th, 2012, 10:52 pm 
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Direct flight from Vizag to Singapore in the offing

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/ind ... nd-economy


A direct flight from here to Singapore is planned from October 1 by SilkAir and even the flight schedule has been released, but still, there are unresolved issues casting a shadow over the proposed air-link.

For one thing, there are no 24-hour operations at the Visakhapatnam airport even though the infrastructure for the night-landing of aircraft has been made ready a long time ago.

The airport functions from 8 a.m to 8 p.m and the operations should be extended by at least 3 hours, if SilkAir were to operate the flight from here to Singapore.

The airport is under the operational control of the Navy and the lack of adequate staff has been cited as one of the main reasons.

The efforts of the two associations of air travellers in Visakhapatnam and also of local legislators have not yielded any results so far.

The President of Visakhapatnam Air Travellers' Association (VATA), Mr Ch. Ramakotaiah, said the association had sent a request to the Eastern Naval Command to extend the working hours by at least 3 and that would pave the way for the direct flight to Singapore.

Subsequently, the 24-hour operations issue could be resolved. He expressed the confidence and hope that the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, would respond positively and there would be no hitch.

Mr O. Naresh Kumar, the Chief Executive Officer of Symbiosys, a local IT company, and an office-bearer of the association, said it would be a great step forward for Visakhapatnam, as more investment could be attracted into the region with international air connectivity.

Roadshow: Changi airport (Singapore) authorities are planning to organise a roadshow in the city from July 24 to 26 for the benefit of air travellers in the region.

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 Post subject: Re: Vizag International Airport
PostPosted: July 14th, 2012, 4:32 am 
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Navy allows more international flights from Vizag

The Navy officials have finally agreed to extend the hours of operations of local airport by three more hours to accommodate international services to Visakhapatnam. The development was a result of Union minister D Purandeswari's interaction with Eastern Naval Command chief Anil Chopra here on Friday. She requested the ENC chief to extend airport timings for another three hours thrice a week to facilitate international services. At present, flights at the airport are allowed to operate between 8 am and 8 pm. The navy officials have now said that international flights can be allowed to land till 11 pm.

Silk Air of Singapore has showed interest to run a direct flight from Visakhapatnam to Singapore and had requested the navy officials to give them permission to land their aircraft in Vizag at 10 pm. However, with the navy officials not responding, the airline was forced to cancel its road shows for introducing the flight.

The ENC chief said that in principle, the navy has no objection to the proposal provided the manpower was made available.

The ENC chief has reportedly told Purandareswari that if AAI provides man power on contract basis, they have no objection to extend the hours.

He reportedly said that the Navy will extend all logistical support to the airport authorities, the Union Minister office said.

However, the AAI is yet to receive the written consent from the concerned authorities, sources said.

Operated by the Indian Navy, the Visakhapatnam airport has been seeking an extension of its operation timings for the last several years. But the navy had been rejecting the same on the grounds that it does not have sufficient man power to monitor the round the clock operations in the airport.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 872774.cms

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 Post subject: Re: Vizag International Airport
PostPosted: July 14th, 2012, 5:37 pm 
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Navy agrees to extend watch hours at airport


It will facilitate introduction of flight to Singapore


The Navy has agreed in principle to extend the watch hours at Visakhapatnam Airport from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. to facilitate the introduction of the Silk Air flight to Singapore from October 1. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, gave this assurance to Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari when she met him here on Friday.

Ms. Purandeswari appealed to him to accord permission from the Navy to extend the timings by three hours for three days a week to facilitate introduction of the international flight.

Vice Admiral Anil Chopra was very positive and accorded ‘no objection’ to the proposal but since manpower was in short supply requested the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to provide the same until final clearance come from the AAI.

He said the Navy would extend logistical support.

Ms. Purandeswari requested Airport Director K. Srinivasa Rao to explore the possibility and give immediate clearance to Silk Air to start their operations from Visakhapatnam.

She said the route navigation charges and parking fee at the airport could be temporarily used for paying the manpower.

She also offered funds from her MPLADS to create the extra employment and also to put the city on the international map without any further delay.

The positive development is expected to bring more international airlines to Visakhapatnam. Silk Air will announce its ticket sales and bookings shortly.

The airport is also expected to get 24/7 operations soon as both the Ministry of HRD and the Ministry of Defence are actively pursuing the matter with the Prime Minister’s Office and the AAI.


ENC chief gives assurance to extend timings to Purandeswari

Union Minister offers funds from MPLADS for extra manpower


http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 638728.ece

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 Post subject: Re: Vizag International Airport
PostPosted: July 17th, 2012, 5:59 am 
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24x7 operations at airport soon, says MP


The airport here will function 24x7 within two months or I shall change my name, Rajya Sabha member and secretary Congress Parliamentary Party T Subbarami Reddy said here on Sunday.

The airport here will function 24x7 within two months or I shall change my name, Rajya Sabha member and secretary Congress Parliamentary Party T Subbarami Reddy said here on Sunday.

Promising to take up the seemingly insurmountable issue of getting the Navy to agree to maintain watch and ward staff round-the-clock to enable international flights to land and take off from the city of destiny, Mr Reddy said that he would leave no stone unturned to achieve it.

Acknowledging his ‘friend’ Ms. Purandeswari’s efforts to get the Eastern Naval Command to extend the working hours for a couple of days to enable flight to and from Singapore, he said once he succeeds her effort would become redundant.

Of the 12 trains passing through Duvvada without touching Visakhapatnam railway station, seven have been redirected to touch the city, he said and promised that the other five will soon come to the city.

He also promised to take up with the railway authorities to restore the train to Shirdi from next month.

ONGC and BHEL have committed to give Rs.15 crore each over the next five years for King George Hospital here, he said and recalled that he had been able to get different public sector companies to commit Rs 50 crore over the next five years.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vis ... 645255.ece


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