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The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurating the first International Flight from Vijayawada to Singapore at Vijayawada Airport, in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on December 04, 2018. Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, the Minister for Finance, Andhra Pradesh, Y. Ramakrishnudu, the Minister for Law, Andhra Pradesh, Kollu Ravindra and other dignitaries are also seen.

VP Inaugurates first international flight from Vijayawada to Singapore

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has the potential to become global aviation hub for MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) in view of the growing aviation business, huge pool of engineering talent and low labour costs. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the first International Flight from Vijayawada to Singapore and laying foundation stone for the Integrated Passenger Terminal Building at Vijayawada Airport, in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on 4th December 2018. The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, the Minister for Finance, Andhra Pradesh, Y. Ramakrishnudu, the Minister for Law, Andhra Pradesh, Kollu Ravindra and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
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VP laying foundation stone for the Integrated Passenger Terminal Building at Vijayawada Airport, in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on December 04, 2018.

The Vice President said that the International Flight from Vijayawada to Singapore that would further enhance the connectivity as well as Andhra Pradesh’s business and tourism potential. He further said that the state of the art new terminal will spread in 35000 Sqm is being developed with Rs 611 crores budget to handle 1200 passengers per day with 24 Check-in counters and 8 gates. The terminal would also accommodate parking facility for 1250 four wheelers, he said. A total of 14 immigration counters, 3 customs counters, 5 baggage belts would be installed for the convenience of international and domestic passengers, he added.

The Vice President said that the new Air connectivity between Andhra Pradesh and Singapore would increase India’s reach in South East Asia. Andhra Pradesh would become aviation gateway between the two prospering regions and it will boost tourism, he added.

The Vice President tasked the state government to actively promote tourism especially the Budhist Circuit along with other tourist attractions in the state. Naidu appreciated the efforts of the State and Central governments in facilitating the state of Andhra Pradesh with Air Connectivity under UDAAN Scheme. He said that the scheme would enable greater connectivity between Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Chennai.

The Vice President said that the recent aviation initiatives such as development of Vizag Airport at the cost of 90 Crores, extension of runway at Rajahmundry Airport at the cost of 125 Crore and extension of runway at Tirupati Airport at the cost of 114 Crore would give philip to the growth prospects of the state.

Naidu also appreciated the authorities for adopting an eco friendly infrastructure in constructing the new integrated terminal at Vijayawada Airport. He said that the features such as Rain Water Harvesting, double insulated roofing, LED lighting would conserve energy and reduce wastage of water.

News Update| Wide Bodied Aircraft Operations to Resume from Calicut

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced the resumption of wide bodied aircraft operations from Calicut International Airport by  Saudia Airlines from today i.e. 5th December 2018. Wide bodied aircraft operations were suspended from May 2015 due to safety reasons.

Subsequently AAI has taken action for strengthening and re-carpeting of the runway and grading of runway strip to cater to the requirement of heavy aircraft operations. In order to improve safety, AAI has also taken measures to increase the runway end safety area as directed by the regulatory authorities and installed simple touch down zone flights on both runways.

Further, a compatibility study and safety assessment were conducted in accordance with the ICAO guidelines as recommended by the joint DGCA-AAI inspection team to assess suitability of the aerodrome for the safe operation of wide bodied aircraft.

Based on the compatibility study report, safety assessment and risk mitigation measures, DGCA has issued NOC for wide bodied aircraft from Calicut airport.  Saudia is commencing their services with wide bodied aircraft (A330-300/B777-200ER) to Riyadh and Jeddah.

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