Friday, April 29, 2005

Can Bangalore do a Hong Kong?

Can Bangalore do a Hong Kong?
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Will the new international airport to come up in Bangalore by 2008 be able to take flight to the top slot?

What is it that can set this airport apart, and make it match the standards of the best international airports and lounges, and make it attract tourists over and over again?

Perhaps it needs to study the world's top five airports at Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Munich and Japan - rated the best in a survey by Skytrax, a London-based airline and airport research firm.

Bangalore will have to study their public transit, Internet and terminal signage systems, and communication skills of the staff.

It will also have to study their ambience, cleanliness, and entertainment, shopping and dining options.

However, some things that Indian authorities do plan include upmarket shopping areas, multi-cuisine restaurants, play areas, daycare centres, expressways and linking roads.

The airport will cover an area of 4,050 acres in Devanahalli, about 34 kms from Bangalore, and handle 4.5 million passengers and 1.4 lakh tones of cargo each year.


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