Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bangalore: Aero India 2009 may have come as good news for air show enthusiasts but it is expected to wreak havoc in air commuters’ plans.
In lieu of the airspace requirement at the Aero India venue Air Force Station, Yelahanka, for air display, the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) will halt commercial operations from Saturday onwards.
For the period during the event practice and rehearsals held from February 7 to February 10, the BIA will halt commercial operations from 10 am to 12 noon, as the airport is in close proximity with the Air Force Station, Yelahanka.
Due to this arrangement, scheduled aircraft operations out of BIA will be impacted and the airlines have received communication on the reduced operating hours.
However, inconvenience cause to passengers will be reduced with the airlines sharing timely communication on the change in airport operations and the cancelled/ revised flight timings during the length of the airshow, said BIA.
“All airlines have been independently communicated about Aero India one-and-a-half months ago and have been asked to reschedule their flights,” BIA sources told Express.
An Indian Airline official said that they have received communication from BIA on the halting of operations for two hours and they in turn have made alternative arrangements.
“One of our flights to Maldives, which is to take off at 10.30 am will be affected. The passengers will be routed via Trivandrum,” said an official.
Similarly, during the actual event scheduled between February 11 and February 15 the airport will refrain commercial operation of aircraft between the Aero show timings beginning 10 am and 12 noon and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
LCA flypast Five Tejas Aircraft (Light Combat Aircraft) led by Air Cmde Rohit Varma, project director (flight test), National Flight Test Centre - Aeronautical Development Agency, carried out a flypast at the HAL Airport on Friday as a prelude to the Aero India inauguration ceremony to be held on February 11.
07/02/09 Express Buzz

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