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Hyderabad International Airport (IATA: HYDICAO: VOHS) also known as Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, is a new airport near Shamshabad, about 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the city of Hyderabad, in India. It is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. The airport has replaced the former International airport of the city, Begumpet Airport. The commercial operations began at 12:01 A.M. on March 23rd 2008, with Lufthansa flight 752 from Frankfurt being the first commercial aircraft to land at 12:25 A.M. The same flight was the first commercial aircraft to take off. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the second public-private partnership venture in the Indian airport infrastructure sector, the first being the Cochin International Airport. It is also a hub for JetLite.

A Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320 with 86 journalists, company officials and crew members became the first plane to land at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 15:10 on Tuesday, February 12th 2008 as a part of calibration tests. The A320 was followed by a Jet Airways plane two hours later, arriving from Mumbai.

The airport was inaugurated by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, in presence of Chief Minister Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Praful Patel on the 14th of March, exactly 3 yrs after the foundation stone was laid by Smt. Sonia Gandhi on 14th March 2005. Munich Airport International, a specialized organization helped in the transfer of operations from the Begumpet airport to the new airport with precision. The Munich Airport International has also helped in transfer of operations of the airport at Athens, Bangkok and Seoul.

  A partnership of expertise and experience

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd., is a public-private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, State Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India (AAI). The GMR Group holds 63% of the equity, MAHB 11%, while the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India each hold 13%.[1]

 GMR Infrastructure Ltd.

GMR Infrastructure Ltd., part of GMR group is a listed infrastructure development company with diversified interests in fields such as energy, roads and airports. GMR group has its roots in the manufacturing business of Jute apart from Sugar and Ferro alloys.

 Malaysia Airports

MAHB currently operates and manages 38 commercial airports in Malaysia, of which 5 are major international airports including the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Apart from being an investor, MAHB will provide technical services to the new Hyderabad International Airport.

 Andhra Pradesh Government

Over the past few years, the state has recorded significant economic growth primarily contributed by growth in secondary and tertiary sectors. The Andhra Pradesh government has been responsive to the increased demands for air travel as a result of a large Information Technology trained workforce that comes from this region of India.

 Airport Authority of India

AAI is the nodal agency for Indian airports and is responsible for developing, managing and operating all major airports in the country. AAI currently manages 132 airports, which include 12 international airports, 93 domestic airports and 27 civil enclaves at defence airfields. AAI will provide ATM (Air Traffic Management) services at the new airport.

[edit] Project Plan

The airport is being constructed in various phases, and once completed it will be able to provide much-needed infrastructure to handle large aircraft and international traffic. The airport is expected to be the best in the country and will house world-class facilities. In the initial stages of completion, the airport will be able to accommodate 12 million passengers[2]. In the final stages, it will be able to cater to 40 million passengers a year[2]. The total cost of the project is Rs 2,300 crore (US$560 million). The airport will be built on an area of 5,400 acres (22 km²).

[edit] Initial Phase

A 105,300 square metres (1,133,000 sq ft) terminal, having the capacity to handle 12 million passengers per annum has been constructed. The terminal building has 12 contact and 30 remote stands for aircraft parking. Other buildings, including the ATC Tower (Air Traffic Control Tower), Technical Building, Cargo (100,000 tonnes capacity), MRO (Maintenance and Repair Overhaul), CFR Station (Crash, Fire and Rescue Station) and Utilities having a combined area of 35,000 square metres (380,000 sq ft) have been constructed. A Hotel has also been constructed in this phase.

[edit] Second Phase

Check in counters at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures
Check in counters at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures

In Phase 2, Terminal 1 will be expanded to an area of 250,000 square metres (2,700,000 sq ft) to cater to the growing demand. Post expansion, terminal building will have 54 stands for aircraft parking. The LCT will also be expanded to its full capacity of 1.5 million passengers per annum.

Roofing work in progress at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures
Roofing work in progress at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures

A second runway will be needed before the commencement of construction for Terminal 2. An increase in the number of established facilities such as hotels, offices, cargo and maintenance facilities will be undertaken. The total built up area at the end of this phase will be approx. 470,000 square metres (5,100,000 sq ft).

[edit] Final Phase

The airport will reach its full maturity in this Phase. An additional floor area of 430,000 square metres (4,600,000 sq ft) will be constructed bringing the total built up area to 900,000 square metres (9,700,000 sq ft).

The ultimate master plan is to cater to 40 million passengers per annum to both airside and landside facilities within the Airport site. Further acquisition of land to the north and south will allow expansion of a third and fourth runway system.

[edit] Facilities in Initial Phase

Aircraft Bays: 42

Aerobridges: 12

Air Traffic Control (height): 75 meters (236 feet)

Terminal Area: 117,000 square metres (1,260,000 sq ft) (including undercroft)

Peak Hour Passenger Capacity: 3,200

Baggage Handling System: In-Line X-Ray

Check-in counters: > 130

Levels (floors): 7 (departures and arrivals)

Runways: 1

Runway Elevation: 2,024 feet (617 m) (as per real jeppesen charts) link to the Shamshabad airport diagram:[1]

Runway Length: 4,260 metres (14,000 ft)

Runway Width: 60 metres (200 ft)

Runway Shoulder: 7.5 metres (25 ft)

Runway Orientation: 09/27

Apron Area: 137,000 square metres (1,470,000 sq ft)

Airport Ground Lighting: CAT I (Both Ends)

Navigation Equipment: VOR, NDB, VOR DME, ILS (CAT I on both ends)

Aircraft Accommodation: From smallest aircraft to Code F aircraft (such as Airbus A380)

Cargo Capacity: > 100,000 tonnes

[edit] Naming Controversy

There was some controversy regarding the naming of the airport. Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a self-professed loyalist of the Gandhi Family, was adamant on Rajiv Gandhi's name. Telugu Desam Party, the main opposition party, vehemently objected to this crass attempt at sycophancy. They proposed the airport to be named after their leader NTR (Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao).

[edit] Connectivity to Airport

Airport Location: 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Begumpet

The major PROPOSED access points to the new airport include:

- Four-lane National Highway NH-7 with service lanes (on its west)
- Four-lane Srisailam State Highway (on its east)
- Eight-lane 24.38 kilometres (15.15 mi) access controlled Outer Ring Road (ORR)
- Widening of 52 kilometres (32 mi) Inner Ring Road with many flyovers with six lanes
- Four-lane 11.6 kilometres (7.2 mi) long P V Narasimha Rao Elevated Expressway
- Multiple traffic management initiatives to decongest city roads
- Alternate four-lane road P7 to decongest Srisailam Highway
- Other alternate modes being worked out with State government include:
- Multi-Modal Transportation System (MMTS)
- Mono Rail Transport System (MRTS)
- Dedicated Airport Train from city to Airport
- 40 kilometres (25 mi)40 stretch to be covered in around 25 minutes
- Upcoming rail from Begumpet to airport within 30 minutes

[edit] Shuttle Service

Aero Express
Aero Express

The passengers can avail the services of 'Aero Express' the airport shuttle. These buses run at 30 minutes interval (15 minutes in peak hours) from/to the following points in the city and the airport between 3.30 and 23.30 hours.

1. Paryatak Bhawan, Opposite to ITC Kakatia, Green Lands. - This location is just before the junction from where the road leads to Ameerpet from Begumpet

2. Keyes Girls Highschool, near Clock Tower, Secunderabad - The location is near Saint John Church & also close to Railway Officer’s Rest House

3. Quli Qutub Shah Stadium opposite to City College. - This location is just adjacent to Airtel office in Quli Qutub Shahi stadium, just 500 metres (1,600 ft) from Madina junction.

4. SD Hospital, Mehdipatnam - This location is in between Defence gate and SD Hospital gate where PVNR expressway ramp starts. This location is on right hand side of the road.

[edit] Car Rental Service

Car rental services are provided by Avis, Hertz and Budget.

Call Avis: +1800 11 2525 (Toll Free) / +91 40 6060 2847 Budget: +91 040 6603700 / 701 Hertz: +91 9963998833

[edit] Radio Taxi

To book radio cab, passengers can call

Easy Cabs: 040 43434343 Meru Cabs: 040 44224422 Dot Cabs: 040 24242424.


[edit] Lufthansa Technik MRO facility

Lufthansa Technik, the world’s leading provider for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of airplanes, components and engines, has decided to set up a new facility in India to support the growing aviation sector. The new facility will be located at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad. As the first international MRO provider to set up an Indian base, Lufthansa Technik has chosen to team up with the GMR Group. Lufthansa Technik will be the majority stakeholder in the company holding more than 75% of its equity share capital.

The facility will provide base maintenance services (including C- and D-checks) for Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft - including 737 Classic and 737 NG (Next Generation). The facility is expected to commence operations at the end of 2008 with two parallel lines to serve the maintenance requirements of the rapidly growing narrowbody fleet of Indian carriers. Investment in the two-bay hangar and its state-of-the-art workshops will exceed Rs 100 crore (20 million USD) in the initial phase.

[edit] Indian Airlines MRO facility

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) has signed a lease agreement with Indian Airlines for setting up Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad. The existing operations at the defunct Begumpet airport are expected to be transferred to the new MRO facility.

GHIAL will invest and build connecting taxiway, apron and engine run-up bay as common facilities for the Indian Airlines' MRO.The facility in Begumpet airport handles the initial maintenance checks (including C-Checks on IA's Airbus-320 aircraft). The IA will render similar service to its aircraft as well as those belonging to Air India at the new facility.

[edit] Sabena Flight Academy

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd signed an MoU with Sabena Flight Academy to establish an Aviation Academy at the new airport. The new joint venture company will set up a modern aviation academy at the airport by January 2009. The academy will offer complete training packages for aviation related activities covering pilot and cabin crew, aviation engineers, technicians and aviation consultants. Training for airport operations staff such as passenger and ramp services agents will also be provided.

Over 80 million Euros will be invested over the next three years covering infrastructure including accommodation for more than 200 trainees per year, six full flight simulators, cabin trainers and engineering tooling.

The new company will offer the entire spectrum of training services in an aviation center located in Hyderabad catering to the Indian as well as foreign markets.

Sabena Flight Academy (SFA) is one of Europe’s oldest Pilot Training Academies. After providing Sabena Airlines with pilots for more than 60 years, SFA has become an independent training centre operating in 4 continents and training more than 300 cadre pilots every year.

[edit] Airlines and Destinations

[edit] Domestic Passenger Airlines

  • Air Deccan (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Nagpur, Pune, Goa, Jaipur, Jodhpur)
  • Air India (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai)
    • Indian Airlines (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Puttaparthi, Nagpur)
  • Go Air (Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Jaipur, Goa, Ahmedabad)
  • IndiGo (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Cochin, Jaipur, Agartala, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai)
  • Jet Airways (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Raipur, Indore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam)
  • JetLite (Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Nagpur, Pune, Coimbatore, Cochin, Visakhapatnam)
  • Kingfisher Airlines (Ahmedabad, Agartala, Imphal, Goa, Guwahati, Kolkata, Indore, Delhi, Pune, Puttaparthi, Nagpur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Raipur)
  • Paramount Airways (Chennai, Bengaluru, Madurai, Visakhapatnam)
  • SpiceJet (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam)

[edit] International Passenger Airlines

[edit] New Passenger Airlines Announced

[edit] New Airlines expected

[edit] Cargo Airlines

[edit] Chartered Airlines

[edit] Incidents and Accidents

  • On 3rd of April 2008, an outbound Kingfisher Airlines Aircraft IT-801 to Delhi, made an emergency landing soon after take-off from Hyderabad International Airport. This incident was caused by smoke in the cargo holder of the flight due to acidulous liquid content.

[edit] Fixed Base Operators (FBO)

[edit] Flight Catering

  • LSG Sky Chefs (100 per cent subsidiary of Lufthansa, and the world's largest provider of airline catering and in-flight solution)
  • Sky Gourmet (one of the leading airline catering companies in the country)

[edit] Ground Handlers

Menzies Aviation Plc & Bobba Group and Air India - Singapore Airport Terminal Services

[edit] Fuelers

The open access model would allow any ATF supplier to supply fuel to airlines according to their own agreements.

Hyderabad International Airport (IATA: HYDICAO: VOHS) also known as Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, is a new airport near Shamshabad, about 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the city of Hyderabad, in India. It is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. The airport has replaced the former International airport of the city, Begumpet Airport. The commercial operations began at 12:01 A.M. on March 23rd 2008, with Lufthansa flight 752 from Frankfurt being the first commercial aircraft to land at 12:25 A.M. The same flight was the first commercial aircraft to take off. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the second public-private partnership venture in the Indian airport infrastructure sector, the first being the Cochin International Airport. It is also a hub for JetLite.

A Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320 with 86 journalists, company officials and crew members became the first plane to land at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 15:10 on Tuesday, February 12th 2008 as a part of calibration tests. The A320 was followed by a Jet Airways plane two hours later, arriving from Mumbai.

The airport was inaugurated by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, in presence of Chief Minister Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Praful Patel on the 14th of March, exactly 3 yrs after the foundation stone was laid by Smt. Sonia Gandhi on 14th March 2005. Munich Airport International, a specialized organization helped in the transfer of operations from the Begumpet airport to the new airport with precision. The Munich Airport International has also helped in transfer of operations of the airport at Athens, Bangkok and Seoul.

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[edit] A partnership of expertise and experience

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd., is a public-private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, State Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India (AAI). The GMR Group holds 63% of the equity, MAHB 11%, while the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India each hold 13%.[1]

[edit] GMR Infrastructure Ltd.

GMR Infrastructure Ltd., part of GMR group is a listed infrastructure development company with diversified interests in fields such as energy, roads and airports. GMR group has its roots in the manufacturing business of Jute apart from Sugar and Ferro alloys.

[edit] Malaysia Airports

MAHB currently operates and manages 38 commercial airports in Malaysia, of which 5 are major international airports including the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Apart from being an investor, MAHB will provide technical services to the new Hyderabad International Airport.

[edit] Andhra Pradesh Government

Over the past few years, the state has recorded significant economic growth primarily contributed by growth in secondary and tertiary sectors. The Andhra Pradesh government has been responsive to the increased demands for air travel as a result of a large Information Technology trained workforce that comes from this region of India.

[edit] Airport Authority of India

AAI is the nodal agency for Indian airports and is responsible for developing, managing and operating all major airports in the country. AAI currently manages 132 airports, which include 12 international airports, 93 domestic airports and 27 civil enclaves at defence airfields. AAI will provide ATM (Air Traffic Management) services at the new airport.

[edit] Project Plan

The airport is being constructed in various phases, and once completed it will be able to provide much-needed infrastructure to handle large aircraft and international traffic. The airport is expected to be the best in the country and will house world-class facilities. In the initial stages of completion, the airport will be able to accommodate 12 million passengers[2]. In the final stages, it will be able to cater to 40 million passengers a year[2]. The total cost of the project is Rs 2,300 crore (US$560 million). The airport will be built on an area of 5,400 acres (22 km²).

[edit] Initial Phase

A 105,300 square metres (1,133,000 sq ft) terminal, having the capacity to handle 12 million passengers per annum has been constructed. The terminal building has 12 contact and 30 remote stands for aircraft parking. Other buildings, including the ATC Tower (Air Traffic Control Tower), Technical Building, Cargo (100,000 tonnes capacity), MRO (Maintenance and Repair Overhaul), CFR Station (Crash, Fire and Rescue Station) and Utilities having a combined area of 35,000 square metres (380,000 sq ft) have been constructed. A Hotel has also been constructed in this phase.

[edit] Second Phase

Check in counters at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures
Check in counters at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures

In Phase 2, Terminal 1 will be expanded to an area of 250,000 square metres (2,700,000 sq ft) to cater to the growing demand. Post expansion, terminal building will have 54 stands for aircraft parking. The LCT will also be expanded to its full capacity of 1.5 million passengers per annum.

Roofing work in progress at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures
Roofing work in progress at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures

A second runway will be needed before the commencement of construction for Terminal 2. An increase in the number of established facilities such as hotels, offices, cargo and maintenance facilities will be undertaken. The total built up area at the end of this phase will be approx. 470,000 square metres (5,100,000 sq ft).

[edit] Final Phase

The airport will reach its full maturity in this Phase. An additional floor area of 430,000 square metres (4,600,000 sq ft) will be constructed bringing the total built up area to 900,000 square metres (9,700,000 sq ft).

The ultimate master plan is to cater to 40 million passengers per annum to both airside and landside facilities within the Airport site. Further acquisition of land to the north and south will allow expansion of a third and fourth runway system.

[edit] Facilities in Initial Phase

Aircraft Bays: 42

Aerobridges: 12

Air Traffic Control (height): 75 meters (236 feet)

Terminal Area: 117,000 square metres (1,260,000 sq ft) (including undercroft)

Peak Hour Passenger Capacity: 3,200

Baggage Handling System: In-Line X-Ray

Check-in counters: > 130

Levels (floors): 7 (departures and arrivals)

Runways: 1

Runway Elevation: 2,024 feet (617 m) (as per real jeppesen charts) link to the Shamshabad airport diagram:[1]

Runway Length: 4,260 metres (14,000 ft)

Runway Width: 60 metres (200 ft)

Runway Shoulder: 7.5 metres (25 ft)

Runway Orientation: 09/27

Apron Area: 137,000 square metres (1,470,000 sq ft)

Airport Ground Lighting: CAT I (Both Ends)

Navigation Equipment: VOR, NDB, VOR DME, ILS (CAT I on both ends)

Aircraft Accommodation: From smallest aircraft to Code F aircraft (such as Airbus A380)

Cargo Capacity: > 100,000 tonnes

[edit] Naming Controversy

There was some controversy regarding the naming of the airport. Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a self-professed loyalist of the Gandhi Family, was adamant on Rajiv Gandhi's name. Telugu Desam Party, the main opposition party, vehemently objected to this crass attempt at sycophancy. They proposed the airport to be named after their leader NTR (Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao).

[edit] Connectivity to Airport

Airport Location: 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Begumpet

The major PROPOSED access points to the new airport include:

- Four-lane National Highway NH-7 with service lanes (on its west)
- Four-lane Srisailam State Highway (on its east)
- Eight-lane 24.38 kilometres (15.15 mi) access controlled Outer Ring Road (ORR)
- Widening of 52 kilometres (32 mi) Inner Ring Road with many flyovers with six lanes
- Four-lane 11.6 kilometres (7.2 mi) long P V Narasimha Rao Elevated Expressway
- Multiple traffic management initiatives to decongest city roads
- Alternate four-lane road P7 to decongest Srisailam Highway
- Other alternate modes being worked out with State government include:
- Multi-Modal Transportation System (MMTS)
- Mono Rail Transport System (MRTS)
- Dedicated Airport Train from city to Airport
- 40 kilometres (25 mi)40 stretch to be covered in around 25 minutes
- Upcoming rail from Begumpet to airport within 30 minutes

[edit] Shuttle Service

Aero Express
Aero Express

The passengers can avail the services of 'Aero Express' the airport shuttle. These buses run at 30 minutes interval (15 minutes in peak hours) from/to the following points in the city and the airport between 3.30 and 23.30 hours.

1. Paryatak Bhawan, Opposite to ITC Kakatia, Green Lands. - This location is just before the junction from where the road leads to Ameerpet from Begumpet

2. Keyes Girls Highschool, near Clock Tower, Secunderabad - The location is near Saint John Church & also close to Railway Officer’s Rest House

3. Quli Qutub Shah Stadium opposite to City College. - This location is just adjacent to Airtel office in Quli Qutub Shahi stadium, just 500 metres (1,600 ft) from Madina junction.

4. SD Hospital, Mehdipatnam - This location is in between Defence gate and SD Hospital gate where PVNR expressway ramp starts. This location is on right hand side of the road.

[edit] Car Rental Service

Car rental services are provided by Avis, Hertz and Budget.

Call Avis: +1800 11 2525 (Toll Free) / +91 40 6060 2847 Budget: +91 040 6603700 / 701 Hertz: +91 9963998833

[edit] Radio Taxi

To book radio cab, passengers can call

Easy Cabs: 040 43434343 Meru Cabs: 040 44224422 Dot Cabs: 040 24242424.


[edit] Lufthansa Technik MRO facility

Lufthansa Technik, the world’s leading provider for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of airplanes, components and engines, has decided to set up a new facility in India to support the growing aviation sector. The new facility will be located at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad. As the first international MRO provider to set up an Indian base, Lufthansa Technik has chosen to team up with the GMR Group. Lufthansa Technik will be the majority stakeholder in the company holding more than 75% of its equity share capital.

The facility will provide base maintenance services (including C- and D-checks) for Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft - including 737 Classic and 737 NG (Next Generation). The facility is expected to commence operations at the end of 2008 with two parallel lines to serve the maintenance requirements of the rapidly growing narrowbody fleet of Indian carriers. Investment in the two-bay hangar and its state-of-the-art workshops will exceed Rs 100 crore (20 million USD) in the initial phase.

[edit] Indian Airlines MRO facility

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) has signed a lease agreement with Indian Airlines for setting up Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad. The existing operations at the defunct Begumpet airport are expected to be transferred to the new MRO facility.

GHIAL will invest and build connecting taxiway, apron and engine run-up bay as common facilities for the Indian Airlines' MRO.The facility in Begumpet airport handles the initial maintenance checks (including C-Checks on IA's Airbus-320 aircraft). The IA will render similar service to its aircraft as well as those belonging to Air India at the new facility.

[edit] Sabena Flight Academy

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd signed an MoU with Sabena Flight Academy to establish an Aviation Academy at the new airport. The new joint venture company will set up a modern aviation academy at the airport by January 2009. The academy will offer complete training packages for aviation related activities covering pilot and cabin crew, aviation engineers, technicians and aviation consultants. Training for airport operations staff such as passenger and ramp services agents will also be provided.

Over 80 million Euros will be invested over the next three years covering infrastructure including accommodation for more than 200 trainees per year, six full flight simulators, cabin trainers and engineering tooling.

The new company will offer the entire spectrum of training services in an aviation center located in Hyderabad catering to the Indian as well as foreign markets.

Sabena Flight Academy (SFA) is one of Europe’s oldest Pilot Training Academies. After providing Sabena Airlines with pilots for more than 60 years, SFA has become an independent training centre operating in 4 continents and training more than 300 cadre pilots every year.

[edit] Airlines and Destinations

[edit] Domestic Passenger Airlines

  • Air Deccan (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Nagpur, Pune, Goa, Jaipur, Jodhpur)
  • Air India (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai)
    • Indian Airlines (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Puttaparthi, Nagpur)
  • Go Air (Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Jaipur, Goa, Ahmedabad)
  • IndiGo (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Cochin, Jaipur, Agartala, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai)
  • Jet Airways (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Raipur, Indore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam)
  • JetLite (Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Nagpur, Pune, Coimbatore, Cochin, Visakhapatnam)
  • Kingfisher Airlines (Ahmedabad, Agartala, Imphal, Goa, Guwahati, Kolkata, Indore, Delhi, Pune, Puttaparthi, Nagpur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Raipur)
  • Paramount Airways (Chennai, Bengaluru, Madurai, Visakhapatnam)
  • SpiceJet (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam)

[edit] International Passenger Airlines

[edit] New Passenger Airlines Announced

[edit] New Airlines expected

[edit] Cargo Airlines

[edit] Chartered Airlines

[edit] Incidents and Accidents

  • On 3rd of April 2008, an outbound Kingfisher Airlines Aircraft IT-801 to Delhi, made an emergency landing soon after take-off from Hyderabad International Airport. This incident was caused by smoke in the cargo holder of the flight due to acidulous liquid content.

[edit] Fixed Base Operators (FBO)

[edit] Flight Catering

  • LSG Sky Chefs (100 per cent subsidiary of Lufthansa, and the world's largest provider of airline catering and in-flight solution)
  • Sky Gourmet (one of the leading airline catering companies in the country)

[edit] Ground Handlers

Menzies Aviation Plc & Bobba Group and Air India - Singapore Airport Terminal Services

[edit] Fuelers

The open access model would allow any ATF supplier to supply fuel to airlines according to their own agreements.

 

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport popularly known as Shamshabad Airport, is a new airport near Shamshabad about 22 km from the city of Hyderabad, in India named after former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. The airport will replace the current airport, Begumpet Airport. Scheduled to open on 14 March 2008, it is the second public-private partnership in the Indian airport infrastructure sector, the first being the Cochin International Airport.

  • Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport News

The new Hyderabad airport is being built by Hyderabad International Airport Limited (HIAL), a public-private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and both the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India (AAI). GMR Group holds 63% of the equity, MAHB 11%, while the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India each hold 13%.

The airport, once completed, will be able to provide much-needed infrastructure to handle large aircraft and international traffic. The airport is expected to be the best in the country and will house world-class facilities. The airport is being developed to cater to a total of 12 million a year and will in the final stage be able to cater to 40 million passengers a year. The total cost of the project is Rs 2,300 crore (US$560 million). The airport will be built on an area of 5,400 acres (22 km²).

A Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320 with 86 journalists, company officials and crew members became the first plane to land at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 15:10 on Tuesday, February 12th 2008 as a part of calibration tests. The A320 was followed by a Jet Airways plane two hours later, arriving from Mumbai.

The airport will be inaugurated by Mrs.Sonia Gandhi on March 14th. At the stroke of 12 at midnight on March 15th, the Begumpet airport will fall silent and the new ATC at the Shamshabad Airport will take over. Flights landing at Hyderabad after midnight on March 15th,i.e., the 16th of March, will be informed about the new flight path by the new ATC. The first flight to fly out of India will be Lufthansa. The first International flight to land at the new airport will also be Lufthansa at 12.25 a.m. Munich Airport International, a specialized organization will help in the transfer of operations from the Begumpet airport to the new airport with precision. The Munich Airport International has also helped in transfer of operations of the airport at Athens, Bangkok and Seoul.

A partnership of expertise and experience

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd., is a public-private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and both the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India (AAI). GMR Group holds 63% of the equity, MAHB 11%, while the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India each hold 13%.

GMR Infrastructure Ltd.

GMR Infrastructure Ltd., part of GMR group is a listed infrastructure development company with diversified interests in fields such as energy, roads and airports. GMR group has its roots in the manufacturing business of Jute apart from Sugar and Ferro alloys.

Malaysia Airports

MAHB currently operates and manages 38 commercial airports in Malaysia, of which 5 are major international airports including the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Apart from being an investor, MAHB will provide technical services to The New Hyderabad International Airport.

Andhra Pradesh Government

Over the past few years, the state has recorded significant economic growth primarily contributed by growth in secondary and tertiary sectors. The Andhra Pradesh government has been response to the increased demands for air travel as a result of a large Information Technology trained workforce that comes from this region of India.

Airport Authority of India

AAI is the nodal agency for Indian airports and is responsible for developing, managing and operating all major airports in the country. AAI currently manages 132 airports, which include 12 international airports, 93 domestic airports and 27 civil enclaves at defence airfields. AAI will provide ATM (Air Traffic Management) services at the new airport.

Project Plan

Check in counters at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures
Check in counters at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures
Roofing work in progress at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures
Roofing work in progress at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures

Initial Phase

A 105,300 square meter terminal, having the capacity to handle 12 million passengers per annum is being constructed. The terminal building will have 12 contact and 30 remote stands for aircraft parking. Other buildings, including the ATC Tower ( Air Traffic Control Tower ), Technical Building, Cargo (100,000 tonnes capacity), MRO ( Maintenance and Repair Overhaul ), CFR Station ( Crash, Fire and Rescue Station ) and Utilities having a combined area of 35,000 sq.m will also be constructed. A hotel is also being planned for construction in this phase.

Second Phase

In Phase 2, Terminal 1 will be expanded to an area of 250,000 sq.m to cater to the growing demand. Post expansion, terminal building will have 54 stands for aircraft parking. The LCT will also be expanded to its full capacity of 1.5 million passengers per annum.

Roofing work in progress at the Hyderabad International Airport at Departures

A second runway will be needed before the commencement of construction for Terminal 2. An increase in the number of established facilities such as hotels, offices, cargo and maintenance facilities will be undertaken. The total built up area at the end of this phase will be approx. 470,000 sq.m.

Final Phase

The airport will reach its full maturity in this Phase. An additional floor area of 430,000 sq.m will be constructed bringing the total built up area to 900,000 sq.m.

The ultimate master plan is to cater to 50 million passengers per annum to both airside and landside facilities within the Airport site. Further acquisition of land to the north and south will allow expansion of a third and fourth runway system.


Facilities in Initial Phase

  • Terminal Area 117,000 sq. m (including undercroft)
  • Peak Hour passenger Capacity 3,200
  • Boarding Bridges 12
  • Baggage Handling System In-Line X-Ray
  • Runway Length 4,260 m
  • Width 60 m
  • Shoulder 7.5 m

Naming Controversy

There was some controversy regarding the naming of the airport. Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy,Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a self-professed loyalist of the Gandhi Family, was adamant on Rajiv Gandhi's name. Telugu Desam Party, the main opposition party, vehemently objected to this crass attempt of sycophancy. They proposed the airport to be named after P.V. Narasimha Rao, the only Prime minister, who hailed from the State of Andhra Pradesh. At present Chandrababu Naidu is praposing the name of late Nandamuri Tharaka Ramarao who established TDP pary for his political gain.

Transportation

The government of Andhra Pradesh is building an 8-lane expressway named as the Outer Ring Road. This road will start from Gachibowli and will cover a distance of 22 km. Apart from this the government is also building a flyover from Mehdipatnam to the airport. The expressway flyover is named after the former prime minister of India PV Narsimha Rao. The P.V.Narsimha Rao Expressway will cover a distance of approximately 11 km. Plans to connect the airport with the city through railways or Metro rail are also being considered.

Lufthansa Technik MRO facility

Lufthansa Technik, the world’s leading provider for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of airplanes, components and engines, has decided to set up a new facility in India to support the growing aviation sector. The new facility will be located at Shamshabad, Andhra Pradesh, the site of the upcoming Shamshabad Hyderabad International Airport. As the first international MRO provider to set up an Indian base, Lufthansa Technik has chosen to team up with the GMR Group. Lufthansa Technik will be the majority stakeholder in the company holding more than 75% of its equity share capital.

The facility will provide base maintenance services (including C- and D-checks) for Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft - including 737 Classic and 737 NG (Next Generation). The facility is expected to commence operations at the end of 2008 with two parallel lines to serve the maintenance requirements of the rapidly growing narrowbody fleet of Indian carriers.

Effective immediately, the company will commence training to develop highly qualified technicians and aircraft engineers. This will be achieved in cooperation with Lufthansa Technical Training through a specially designed training program, tailored to the requirements of the facility. A dialogue with technical institutes in the State of Andhra Pradesh has already been initiated.

Lufthansa Technik’s modular approach will ensure flexibility to expand its services to customers outside of India and to augment its product portfolio with additional services. As a member of Lufthansa Technik’s existing worldwide MRO network of 28 companies, the new venture will be the backbone for MRO services for short- and medium-haul aircraft in India.

Indian Airlines MRO facility

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, (GHIAL) has signed a lease agreement with Indian Airlines (IA) for setting up Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at the upcoming Shamshabad International Airport at Hyderabad.The existing operations at Begumpet Airport are expected to be transferred to the new MRO.

GHIAL will invest and build connecting taxiway, apron and engine run-up bay as common facilities for the Indian Airlines' MRO.The facility in Begumpet airport handles the initial maintenance checks (including C-Checks on IA's Airbus-320 aircraft). The IA will render similar service to its aircraft as well as those belonging to Air India at the new facility. Besides the MRO in Begumpet, the Indian Airlines has similar facilities in Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata airports also.

Sabena Flight Academy India

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd signed an MoU with Sabena Flight Academy to establish a Flight Aviation Academy at the new airport scheduled for commissioning in March 2008. The new joint venture company will set up a modern aviation academy at the Shamshabad International Airport, Hyderabad by January 2009. The academy will offer complete training packages for aviation related activities covering pilot and cabin crew training, engine engineers, technicians and aviation consultants. Training for airport operations staff such as passengers and ramp services agents will also be provided.

Over EUR80 million will be invested over the next three years covering infrastructure including accommodation for more than 200 trainees per year, six full flight simulators, cabin trainers and engineering tooling.

The new company will offer the entire spectrum of training services in an aviation center located in Hyderabad catering to the Indian as well as the foreign market.

Sabena Flight Academy (SFA) is one of Europe’s oldest Pilot Training Academies. After providing Sabena Airlines with pilots for more than 60 years, SFA has become an independent training centre operating in 4 continents and training more than 300 cadre pilots every year.

Airlines and Destinations

These are the airlines which are expected after the inauguration of the airport.

Domestic Airlines

  • Air Deccan (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Nagpur, Pune, Goa, Jaipur, Jodhpur)
  • Air India (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai)

Indian Airlines (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Nagpur)

  • Go Air (Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi)
  • IndiGo (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Cochin, Jaipur, Agartala, Kolkata, Goa)
  • Jet Airways (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai)
  • Jetlite (Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Nagpur, Pune, Coimbatore, Cochin)
  • Kingfisher Airlines (Ahmedabad, Agartala, Imphal, Guwahati, Kolkata, Indore, Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Raipur)
  • Paramount Airways (Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Cochin, Visakhapatnam, Thrivananthapuram)
  • SpiceJet (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam)

International Airlines

  • Air India (Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah, Singapore, Kuala Lampur, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK)
  • Indian Airlines (Sharjah, Muscat, Dubai, Singapore, Kuwait, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi)
  • Emirates Airlines (Dubai)
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam)
  • Kuwait Airways (Kuwait)
  • Lufthansa (Frankfurt)
  • Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Thai Airways International (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi)
  • Oman Air (Muscat)
  • Qatar Airways (Doha)
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines (Riyadh, Jeddah)
  • Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
  • Srilankan Airlines (Colombo)
  • Jetlite (Kathmandu)

New Airlines and Routes

  • British Airways (London-Heathrow) [Starts on 27-10-08]
  • Gulf Air (Bahrain) [Starts on April 2008]

Cargo Airlines

  • British Airways World Cargo (London-Heathrow) [starts October 2008]
  • Blue Dart Aviation

Fixed Base Operators (FBO)

Flight Catering

  • LSG Sky Chefs (100 per cent subsidiary of Lufthansa, and the world's largest provider of airline catering and in-flight solution)
  • Sky Gourmet(one of the leading airline catering companies in the country)

Ground Handlers

Menzies Aviation Plc & Bobba Group, Singapore Airport Terminal Services and Indian Airlines & Air India

Fuelers

  • Reliance Industries

The open access model would allow any ATF supplier to supply fuel to airlines according to their own agreements.