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Hyderabad International airport officially launched

Old Mar 14, 08, 8:13 am
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Hyderabad International airport officially launched

Still dont know what will happen to Begumpet airport
No new routes announced by any major airlines
Construction of approaching roads will take another year
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Old Mar 14, 08, 9:14 am
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Originally Posted by priceline View Post
Still dont know what will happen to Begumpet airport
No new routes announced by any major airlines
Construction of approaching roads will take another year
There was a strike over the last two days so the aviation minister promised the old airports would still be kept open

I think quite a few airlines will be reluctant to fly to the new airport for quite a while .. at least till the road gets built (and probably a rail link) .. exorbitant user fee etc etc.
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Old Mar 14, 08, 10:51 am
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There is always overwhelming response when a new infrastructure is announced or started. First time I am not seeing much change with this new airport.. Having two airports is confusing and especially going from one airport to another is going to be terrible. Hope they close the old one immediately after approaching roads are built.
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Old Mar 14, 08, 10:44 pm
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When will they build a new 'external' airport?
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Old Mar 15, 08, 4:18 am
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When will they build a new 'external' airport?
Already external. Miles and miles away from hyderabad instead of within minutes of downtown like the old one.
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Old Mar 19, 08, 9:40 am
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Hyderabad's new airport open, but flights will take a while...!

Only in India!

From the Economic Times, March 15 2008...

"HYDERABAD/NEW DELHI: The Shamshabad airport will not start operations Saturday midnight. In a dramatic turn of events, the civil aviation ministry made this announcement minutes after the official inauguration of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the presence of civil aviation minister Praful Patel.

The decision to delay the operation “by a few days” took everyone, including the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), by surprise. For GMR Group, the promoters of the GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL), the excitement over their pride project was short-lived. Caught completely unawares of the decision of the ministry, company officials went into a huddle at the location of the inauguration function. At the time of going to press, they were yet to react to the ministry’s new decision. "
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Old Mar 20, 08, 1:02 am
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good to hear its finally opening. heard there were some concerns about high toll costs for using the highway to the airport? is this true?
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Old Mar 21, 08, 11:30 am
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Hyderabad airport will open on March 23

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...2152120100.htm
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Old Mar 21, 08, 11:32 am
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Heading to hyd on SQ first week of April. Will post a trip report after that. Hopefully the lounges will also be open.
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Old Mar 25, 08, 12:18 am
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On a lighter note...

A KLM flight from Amsterdam arrived in India only to divert to two other parts of the country after the flight's cockpit crew did not know about a newly built-and-opened airport. Link to USA Today Article
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Pictures of new airport:

http://picasaweb.google.com/keeper.s...derabadAirport
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Old Mar 27, 08, 5:54 pm
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Originally Posted by aglp2k View Post
Good pictures. This looks humongous when compared to the old airport. We just have to wait and see how the new BLR airport looks.
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