The Customs Department at Mangaluru International Airport have arrested three people and confiscated 2.8 Kg of gold worth Rs 1.3 crore, on April 7. Accused Muhamad Ashraf had hidden gold under his feet, while Rajeesh had concealed gold under his large intestine, as four capsules in compound form. Reportedly, Muhamad Kalanad an another smuggler who was arrested by the security officials through the intelligence agency inputs.
The Bangalore airport cab drivers' demand for ‘One Airport, One Fare’ has surfaced again after the suicide of a 34-year-old Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation driver. Reportedly, the pandemic-stricken cab drivers have been facing the double flak of increased fuel prices and over 50% slashed footfall at the Kempegowda International Airport. The drivers claimed that due to high KSTDC fares, the passengers prefer cheaper options of… read-more
Courtesy: Times of India
The Andhra Pradesh government has renamed the Kurnool Airport, inaugurated at Orvakal on March 25, after freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. A native of Kurnool, the freedom fighter had protested against the British rule 100 years before the independence. Inaugurated by CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, the airport has a five-storeyed Air Traffic Control building and passengers lounge. Notably, the government had spent Rs 110 crore for the… read-more
Courtesy: The New Indian Express
Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola on January 4 notified that in the third round of airport divestments, around ten airports will be privatised. Besides, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is contemplating on selling loss-making airports along with few successful ones. The government also hinted of privatising about 20 to 25 airports in the upcoming days. Earlier, during the second round, the Centre had sanctioned the… read-more
In order to avoid 300 Yuan (Rs 3,384) charged for extra baggage by airliner, four Chinese men ate 30-kilogram oranges in about 20-30 minutes. The men gluttoned the oranges at an airport in China's Yunnan province. However, after the abnormal diet, they ended up having ulcers in their mouths. Mocking them, a netizen wrote, "Couldn't they pack the oranges into four pieces of hand luggage and carry them into the cabin?"
In a bid to privatise airports, the Airports Authority of India on January 19 signed a 'concession agreement' with the Adani Group making them concessionaires of Guwahati, Jaipur and Thiruvanthapuram airports for the next 50 years. In February 2019, the Centre had invited bids for six airports which were won by the Adani Group. Earlier, during Oct-Nov 2020, the AAI handed the first three airports - Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Mangaluru - to the… read-more
Kerala's Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), noted for being the world's first solar-powered airport, commissioned two floating solar power plants on January 17. Using French technology, CIAL has presented economical high-density polyethylene floats upon which 1300 photovoltaic panels were installed. Reportedly, the set-up was placed over two artificial lakes located in CIAL's golf course. CIAL founder-managing director VJ Kurian said we… read-more
Bangalore's much-awaited train service from the city railway station to Kempegowda International Airport, which is in the outskirts of the city was launched on January 4. The train would function at a fare which is much lesser than the cost of cabs and busses that were operated to the airport. After the commencement, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, "This will go a long way in enhancing last-mile connectivity".
The passengers of Air India flight from the UK, which landed at the Amritsar airport, protested against the airport authorities over delay in COVID-19 tests. Their families also complained against waiting for hours. However, the authorities cited that passengers had to wait because of the fresh mandatory guidelines for testing passengers arriving from the UK due to new COVID-19 strain. Reportedly, the flight landed with 250 passengers at 12:… read-more
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Dubai Authorities on 25 October decided to instill a facial recognition system on public transport for increasing security at the Emirates Global Expo Exhibition. According to Obaid al-Hathboor, the director of Dubai's Transport Security Department, the technology has been effective to identify wanted suspects. Reportedly, the operation of the biometric system using facial recognition has already begun at Emirates International Airport. The… read-more
Courtesy: Economic Times