Was thinking that i will go back home next year when the new Hyderabad airport opens. But looks like i will be making a trip this year itself, so the chances of me touching down at the new airport is nil. Maybe i will try to make a trip to the new aiport to see how its shaping up. Also lotsa changes in the city since i went last. During my last trip, i didnt have time to go around the city. Just stayed home and rest of the time, shopped like mad 😉
Even though Hyderabad airport started construction last, its on track to breast the tape first before the Bangalore airport that will only open in April. Hyderabad will be the first city to have a completely new greenfield airport built from scratch through the Public Private Partnership (PPP). Isnt that a reason to celebrate? Yes. With companies like GMR, Malaysian Airports Authority, Airports Authority of India, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, Munich Airport International involved, its indeed going to be a rocking city. GMR is in talks with at least 15 airlines to fly into Hyderabad (and that includes British Airways). The New Hyderabad airport will also be hosting Routes-2009 (an annual congregation of international airline companies and airports.)
Hyderabad, Aug. 16: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad will start functioning from March 2 next year. At the stroke of the midnight hour, the Begumpet airport will fall silent. Operations will formally shift to the new airport from 12.01 am. Sources said the Hyderabad International Airport Limited conveyed its readiness to start operations at Shamshabad from March 2 to the Airport Authority of India and the government.
“The first flight will land on the newly built 4.62 km long runway in November for a trial run,” a senior official said. The Director General of Civil Aviation will issue a notification on the date of commencement of operations. “Pilots will then be informed of the new flight path,” said the official. Transfer of operations will be done with so much precision that flights will be controlled by the Begumpet Air Traffic Control before 12 am and by the new ATC at Shamshabad after that. HIAL has engaged Munich Airport International, a specialist in transfer of operations, for this. It had shifted airports at Munich, Athens and Bangkok.