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Saturday, May 15, 2010 4:21:42 PM (IST)  

Mangalore Crosses Another Milestone – Airport Terminal Inaugurated

Mangalore Crosses Another Milestone – Airport Terminal Inaugurated
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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

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Mangalore, May 15: The new integrated terminal of the local international airport was inaugurated by union minister for civil aviation, Praful Patel, on Saturday May 15. It was a moment of pride for the people of the twin-districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada, as the inaugural of the modern terminal will pave way for more international flights, opening up vistas of new opportunities for investment, tourism, employment and business.

In his address, Patel said that the Indian aviation market, which is presently ranked ninth in the world, has the potential to jump to fifth spot within the next five years. He said that the runway of the airport, which is 8,000 feet long now, is required to be increased to 9,000 feet so as to earn the international status, and that his ministry is prepared to release Rs 100 crore additionally for development works at this airport. He noted that with the inauguration of a new international standard building, other facilities to raise the airport to international standard will be provided at the earliest and that earnest efforts will be made to fulfill the demand of the people here for commencement of flights to Saudi Arabia and other destinations. He added that all required facilities including the extension of runway here will be provided within a year to ensure that the airport acquires international status.

Pics by Dayanada Kukkaje

State Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa, who participated in the function as chief guest, revealed about the state’s plan to have airstrips at a distance of about 100 kms from each other. He said the state will have 13 airstrips at various places including Shimoga, Bellary and Gulbarga. He noted that a proposal has been made to the concerned, to allow civil operations in the Bidar naval airport. With the opening of new airports, investors will find it easier to visit the state for various purposes, and a global investors’ meet is being held in Bangalore shortly, he explained. He promised on behalf of the state government, to provide approach road to the new terminal at a cost of nine crore rupees, and that the state cabinet has already given its nod for this project.

Former union minister, Oscar Fernandes, in his address, recollected the inaugural of the local airport for the first time, by the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and that as a ten year-old boy, he had come to watch the inaugural. He urged minister Patel to meet all the requirements of the airport and the demand of the local people for flights to Saudi Arabia. He said that the city is developing into a global educational hub and that the city has been witnessing tremendous development due to the efforts made by successive governments.

Union law and justice minister, M Veerappa Moily, also recalled his trip to the airport during its inauguration several decades ago by Nehru, when he was 11. He expressed happiness at the progress witnessed by the airport in the form of new terminal building, longer runway and modern facilities.

The airport here boasts of being the only international airport in the state that has been established and run by the government. The city is poised for getting more attention at the global level, with the throwing open the new terminal to the service of the nation.

The new airport project has been taken up at a cost of about Rs 500 crore, to be developed in an area of about 583 acres of land. In the first phase, the new terminal building, built at a cost of Rs 147 crore over 70 acres of land, has come up.  This building is centrally air-conditioned, and covers an area of 18,220 square metres.  Facility to handle Indian and foreign passengers separately has been provided. 

For the first time in the history of the airport here, the users of the airport will be able to enjoy services like air-conditioned aerobridge, seven escalators, seven lifts etc. The terminal also has been equipped with inline baggage x-ray system, automatic intelligent fire alarm system, CC camera, car calling system and 28 check-in counters, customers and immigration facility, VIP lounge, restaurant etc.

The new airport can accommodate four A-310 and an A-321 aircrafts at a time. Once the airport is fully developed, three more aircrafts can be parked here. Including the old port, the total capacity of the airport is nine aircrafts and two helicopters. The car park can accommodate 300 vehicles. The new terminal is also nearer to the city by seven kms.

State tourism minister, Janardan Reddy, district in-charge minister, Krishna J Palemar, MP, Nalin Kumar Kateel, city mayor, Rajani Dugganna,  Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president, R V Deshapande, MLA, Abhayachandra Jain etc., were present.

Airports authority of India Chairman, V P Agarwal, delivered the welcome address.  

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    Comments on this article
    skgrao, Bangalore
    Saturday, May 22, 2010

    What a Air Port with no margin for error in landing.
    158 people died to day including children.
    Shame on Air Port Authority of India.

    Ethan, Mangalore/Florida
    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    1000ft=300Mt = 100 Cr i.e. 1 Cr for 10 ft, Good well planned strategy to make more money, the rate in which the corruption is eating our country I really do not where we heading!!

    Abubacker, kerala/abu dhabi
    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Congratulations to all those have participated in this good work being done. and special appreciation goes to mr. vasudeva former director. now my requestion to the concerning authority,kindly expedite and do the needfull for geting the Internatinal status and give the name as JAWAHERLAL NEHARU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    vikram, Udupi
    Sunday, May 16, 2010


    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Thanks to all the labourers who did a good job and made it possible..

    Arshad Kadli, Bhatkal / Al Khobar
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Nagesh Anna,
    It appears R V Deshpande has been specially flown in as a substitite for Halappa who unfortunately could not make it.

    Errol, Mangalore?Dubai
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Happy to note that the Airport has finally been opened. Let all Mangaloreans salute Mr. Vasudev for his whole hearted efforts to get this airport done. If not for him it would have been only a dream like many other projects which are lying in stagnant stages.We Mangaloreans are proud of what Mr. Vasudev has done. May god bless him abundently.

    vishwa, mangalore/usa
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    We forgot two people, One Mr.Ullal srinivas mallya who is instrumental in getting airport, KREC, NMPT through his close relastion ship with Neharu.

    Mr. Vasudev, whose self less service has shaped such a beautiful looking airport.

    But I feel people always rememebr them. politicians will change their party every time.

    matyerlega subaashayalu

    Sunil, Bantwal/Pune
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Hon Minister of Aviation If i am not wrong or as per the data available the new concrete runway 10/28 commisioned on may 2006 was 2.9KM in lenght that means 9515ft is absolutely more than what you required 9000 ft lenght.dear moilyji and oskarji you were proud to say that you were here when you are 10 & 11 years boys to see the inaugration of the are now in the very dominating post in the present govt.why you are pressurising the civil avaiation department to get the international status for the mangalore airport.after prolonged very hyped drama of inugration from last december 2009 its finally inaugrated.if you pressurise the concerned it will get the international status imidiately.please dont just give the staments to pepole understand it practically .hope the mangalore airport gets its international status soon......amen

    Robert Fernandes, Udyavar / Dubai
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Nice to see the developments but it is still job half-done! I do not understand why the airport authorities did not plan for a full length 9000ft. runway to suit the international status?

    There will be another function when the operation actually starts. Yet another one once the airport attains international status and the episode will go on.

    Amidst the fanfare, did any politician bother to talk about the families asking for adequate rehabilitation, employment and fair price for their lost lands?

    Naveen Shetty, Mangalore
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Everything is looking good. Now can some one please tell us what are the additional user charges per passenger which needs to shellled each time we travel?

    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    It is time also to remember one old fellow Late Srinivas Mallya who brought this airport to Bajpe in the first place.

    Dr prakash harischandra, Mangalore / Los Angeles
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Absolutely Mr Vasudev who toiled is missing in the whole picture. Nobody even thanked him in their words. They are just here for political Mileage. Just a shame that nobody even thought of it. the truth is that the airport is abackburner for the elected representatives sicne the expat community is neither a Vote bank nor teh Affluent who travel by air that bother to franchise their choice in elections. Hope things change !!!!!!

    Samuel Lewis, Mangalore/Muscat
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Honorable Minister Mr. Patel said the runway is 8000ft, but the Wikipedia gives a different picture which says direction - 10/28 runway is 9,515ft. But Calicut airport (direction - 10/28) which has a runway length of 9383ft has an international status. Lucknow airport as Mr. Gurudath Mumbai - pointed out has a runway of 8,996ft yet it gets international status. Thanks Mr. Minister for taking the people of Mangalore for a ride, the reality is that you dont want to privatize this sector.

    Dr.Madhyastha H, Hungarkatte/Japan
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Mr.N Nayak. R Deshpande is OK because he is KPC President but lady next to oscar yakke. Once agian high profile police officers are sitting along with audiance. It is sad that Vasudev, who is man behind Mangalore airport is not seen in dias. It shows arthmetics of system

    Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Lucknow and Pune which have less than 9000feet runway are already  international, I think. Why not Mangalore?

    mohammed zakir jed, mularpatna
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    We are happy to see this view,but this has been too late ya too fast,kya bath hai

    allan d'costa, kinnigoli/abudhabi
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    First of all let us all be thankful to god that finally the hour which we were waiting for so long has finally arrived. secondly regarding the proceedures in making it possible to other international airlines to come to mangalore, it will take time as the minister patel had said. of course without proper length of runway how can wide body aircrafts land. lets wait and see hopefully they have done whatever they have promised, but it takes some time. after all it is a democratic country where there are lot of legal and other proceedures and it is not a autocratic country like the GCC where whatever they want can be done in the said time.but whatever it is the new teminal is really beautiful. i think better than Bangalore intl. airport.

    Naveen Sequeira, Mangalore
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Mr. Vasudev should have been invited to honor his sincere hard work and efforts towards achieving this goal for mangalore.

    M Ashraf, Dubai / Mangalore
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Nice Pics, thanks Daiji. I hope there is enough space at exit subsequent to the immigration counter. It was rediculous......!!!!!

    Cedric, Mangalore/Dubai
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Is Mr.Praful Patel fooling the people of Mangalore.Why did he not think of 9,000 Mts runway when he the first International flight from Dubai to Mangalore was inaugurated. The minister is aware if Mangalore is given the International status then Air India Express cannot survive. when the 9,000 metres run way is achieved then the International standard of the runway will be increased. Its hight time for the elected representatives of Mangalore to take interest in the project

    Dr Prakash Harischandra, Mangalore / Los ANgeles
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    What waste of Money on these pudaris.Few of them who cant even win elections in decades!!!!
    It would have been a best platform for to Introduce free landing for all airlines.Looks like they like handicapped facilities.
    We get 6 hours of pOwer supply and we build airpportt to burn lights which cant even be powered properly.

    abba, abudhabi
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Where we cross milestone?  We still international status.anyway thanks daijiworld.

    Saturday, May 15, 2010


    Michael, Noddodi
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Why always we Mangloreans are the loosers? What is wrong with our Political representetives? Why even they are not understanding our problems.It looks like they need our Airport to be remein as how it was at their childhood.
    Do something dear Sir's and let us Manglorens feel proud about you all

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    MR. NAYAK, RV Deshpandes daughter is married to Praful Patels son, thats the only reason why he(dESHPANDE) is present!!!

    M.Bhat, Udupi, Udupi / Abu Dbhabi
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Thanks God !! It happens. This is really a pride for the people and fast growing city Mookeda Mangaluru. Hope remaining pending works will be completed with in time in order to get International Air port status at the earlier. Thanks to all the hands and heads works behind of this prestigious project get done.

    Sujith Nayak, Mangalore/Abudhabi
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Many many thanks to all the people behind this spectacular developement in Mangalore.Hope to fly to the new terminal,but by some other good airlines & not Air India Express.Now we Mangaloreans have a International terminal with all the required standards,but not the standarad flights landing in the terminal.The monopoly of air india express has to be broken by some other airlines or Mr.Vijay Mallya.Jai Mangalore....

    SK Hegde, Singapore
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Mr. Nagesh Nayak,
    Answer to your question, RVD's Son got married to Praful Patel's daughter few years back .:)

    Shareef Kavu, Puttur
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Well said Mr.Manohar, this will never ending story, it is keep on going and this is the showcause for our dirty politics, god only knows what will be the next excuse and when our dream come true

    Lancelot N Tauro, Mangalore/Doha Qatar
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Nagesh then why REDDY? Why naleen kumar with communal Shawl? B GET MATURED.

    V-vicky, mangalore
    Saturday, May 15, 2010


    shammi, Karnataka
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Wow wat beautiful nazaara especially thosehara bhara keth....dharti sunehri ambar neela,aisa des hain mera.....Thnks daiji for those pics.Congrats to central govt n jai ho Praful patelji...happy to know abt A/C aerobridge.Feeling proud my INDIA IS MINE ...JAI HIND

    sunil prabhu , mumbai
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Nageshanna ... Deshpande didnt know whether you will question... other wise he would have avoided this visit

    Saturday, May 15, 2010


    dinesh shetty, Nitte / Dubai
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Why didnt they planned 9000 Fts Runway while planning..for the sake of just 1000 fts now there is no status of international airport..Anyway lets wait another 5 years

    jayant s, riyadh/suratkal
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    If the new airport can not accomodate international flights then why the hell they built new airport ?

    Manohar Ananda, Mangalore / Kuwait
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    So, let us wait till our existing 8,000 feets runway extends to 9,000 feets to get International status. Another 3-4 years, Till then let us pay additional fees / airport charges for nothing.

    Day by day new new hurdles are coming up to obtain international status. Till yesterday no one knew that to get International status we need 9,000 feet lengthy runway. Today all of a sudden they have noticed this. Few years back they had problems with our old runway, after that old airport building, our old apron, now again back to circle. Let us start it again with the runway, by the time runway is ready, our new terminal will become old, again we need to upgrade this with modern amenities. So, this will keep on going. Let both Mr. Oscar and Veerappa Moily realise that even today, their own aiport is still holding the same status, what they have seen in their childhood.

    Never ending stories of Indian ministry. Jai Ho.....

    Najam Batrekere, Bajpe
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Thanks Daiji for s.
    Nice to see local Political 'Pudaries'/ Chamchas !.

    nagesh nayaK, bangalore
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    praful patel, shri.yediyurappa, shri.krisbna palemar,shree naleen kumar kateel are ok. but rvd yaake?

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