BIA excels in operational efficiency

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Bangalore, Nov 12 (UNI) Bangalure International Airport, which completed six months of operations today, has catered to four million passengers and handled 50,500 aircraft.

Talking to newsmen here, BIAL CEO Albert Brunner said the operations were excellent with 80 per cent of the aircrafts departing on time that is with 15 minutes tolerance, as per the internationally accepted norms.

He said the average waiting time for delivery of the first baggage on the arrival belt was nine minutes for domestic and 13 minutes for international arrivals. Average queue time at check-in was 10 minutes, at security check it was seven minutes, at arrival immigration it was 15 minutes and at departure immigration just seven minutes. Internationally, these figures are considered excellent.

Mr Brunner said,' '' the performance in an airport is measured in terms of the time taken for each process and quick entry and exit from the airport. We are glad to have established the success of this six month young airport with data supporting its operational efficiency.'' About infrastructure, he said since May this year, the airport has had significant announcements. It was now the first airport in India to be connected by an offsite Air Turbine Fuel (ATF) pipeline meeting international quality standards, he said.

A 33 km underground pipeline has been commissioned by the airport's fuel farm concessionaire IndianOil Skytanking Ltd (IOSL).

The pipeline, running from Devanagonthi to the airport fuel farm, has a capacity to pump over 1,56,000 liters of ATF per hour.

The second unique operation by IOSL is the single man refueling on the apron, he said.

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