Friday, February 22, 2008

What awaits the passenger inside...

What awaits the passenger inside...
Bangalore, dhns:
On March 28, the residents of Bangalore will wake up to a new airport, while the doors of the old HAL airport would close down

The media was introduced to what lies in store for the public at BIAL on Thursday.
Here’s what passengers can do once they walk in hours before the flight (six hours for international and three for domestic airlines): Sip hot coffee at Cafe Coffee Day or chill out at Baskin Robbins over a chocolate fudge, shop at LaModa for trendy fashion apparel, purchase accessories at Tommy Hilfiger, buy books and gifts/toys at Odessey before passing through one of the security gates to finally board the aircraft, taking one of the aerobridges.
The BIAL has chosen three food & beverage operators to provide Indian cuisine which include Radhakrishna Hospitality Services (RKHS), for South Indian delicacies, KaatiZone and Gangotree, for North Indian food. Subway will also open outlets at the Airport. The connectivity however may be progress at a snail’s pace.
Other facilities
In addition to 700 car parks for staff, BIAL’s car park can accommodate 2000 cars. A 10-minute free parking will be given to all drop off passengers. BIAL will also provide two wheeler and valet parking, dedicated zone for tour operator buses and premium areas to pick up hotel guests. Car parking fees include Rs 50 for the four hours and Rs 40 for two hours.
BIAL has selected Hertz and Akbar Travels as its strategic partner in Limousine and Car Rental operations for premium cars. For the first time at Indian Airports, cars can also be rented professionally for self drive. The cars for Limousine and Car Rental are in a dedicated premium zone close to the terminal building.


Bus Service: Forty air-conditioned Volvo buses will ply as a dedicated Shuttle Services between the Airport and seven destinations across the City. A trip from MG Road is likely to cost Rs. 130 (proposed). In addition, BMTC has procured 116 Ashok Leyland Non AC buses to connect the airport to the City; at Rs. 65 (proposed). BIAL will provide free professional bus bays.
Taxi service: BIAL has selected MERU & EASYCAB to provide basic taxi services. The taxi operators will have basic AC box cars, all equipped with GPS and GPRS to track the journey for safety and transparency. Over 900 taxis will be available when the airport begins operations. This is slated to grow gradually, providing employment opportunities to at least 1800 families.
Pre and post paid taxi facilities: will be available on meter charges at Rs.15/- per km (subject to Govt regulation). BIAL has offered the incumbent taxi operator, KSTDC, 100 taxi licenses as subcontractor to above operators, subject to fulfiling the same quality and service levels as defined between BIAL and those operators.
Autorickshaws: BIAL has allocated parking bay for autorickshaws at the trumpet Flyover and will provide a regular shuttle service from the airport .


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