Thursday, November 29, 2007

Devanahalli trials in Dec

Devanahalli trials in Dec
DH News Service, Bangalore:
The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) will commence basic trials at the upcoming greenfield airport in Devanahalli in December.

Marcel Hungerbuehler, Chief Operation Officer, BIAL said on Wednesday that the advanced, integrated trials at the airport will begin in January next year.. The airport is set for a March 30, 2008 opening. The construction of the airport is almost complete and work on the runway is over. In its first year of operation, the airport is expected to handle 10.5 million passengers.

Connectivity issues

Addressing the much-debated issue of poor connectivity from the City to the airport, Hungerbuehler said long-term plans including a mass transit system, were the need of the hour. “The growth in air traffic is going to continue and unless we have a mass transit system for passengers commuting to and from the City, the issue of connectivity will stay,” he said.

The Chief Operation Officer said there was a need to improve the traffic situation at road junctions. Work on the trumpet interchange, that diverts traffic from NH 7 to the airport, is on.


*Basic trials in December, advanced trials from next year
*Airport set for a March 30 opening
*To handle 10.5
million passengers in first year


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