Airport News: Airport in News Latest Current Affairs 2023

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Welcome to the latest update on airport-related current affairs for the year 2023. This post covers the topic “Airport in News” in which we listed the most important one-liners about recent developments in the aviation industry.

Airport in News Latest Current Affairs 2023: Month-wise List

Airport in News, December 2023

  • The Gujarat government has signed an MoU with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to develop 11 greenfield airports. These airports include Ankleshwar, Morbi, Rajpipla, Botad, Dwarka, Dhordo, Rajula, Dahod, Ambaji, Dholavira, and Palitana.
  • Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has launched the Hidden Disability Sunflower Program in India for travellers with non-visible disabilities.
  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by PM Shri Narendra Modi, has approved a proposal to declare Surat Airport as an international airport.
  • The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued the aerodrome license to the Ayodhya International Airport, developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
  • Terminal 2 of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, has been awarded the “World Special Prize for an Interior 2023” by UNESCO’s Prix Versailles.
  • PM Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated the International Airport in Ayodhya, named after Maharishi Valmiki.

Airport in News, November 2023

  • Recently, L&T Construction won the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) order for the Bhogapuram International Airport, which is being constructed in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Recently, Deoghar Airport in Jharkhand became the first airport in the country to land commercial aircraft with low visibility of just 3200 meters.

Airport in News, October 2023

  • IATA has allotted the three-letter code ‘DXN’ for the upcoming Jewar International Airport in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Bangalore International Airport Limited has established South Asia’s first Aircraft Recovery Training School (ARTS).
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai has become the first airport in Asia to commission a “Disabled Aircraft Recovery Kit” (DARK).
  • Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, Karnataka has secured the top position as the world’s most punctual airport for the past three consecutive months.

Airport in News, September 2023

  • Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has inaugurated Utkela Airport in Odisha.
  • Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurated ‘Udaan Bhawan’ and an e-wallet (Bharatkosh Advance Deposit) facility at Safdarjung Airport in Delhi.
  • Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia has inaugurated the newly developed infrastructure of Tezu Airport, Which is located in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The Airport Authority of India has inducted two new B-360 aircraft with advanced state-of-the-art Flight Inspection systems into its Flight Inspection Unit (FIU) Fleet to calibrate ground navigation and landing aids.

Airport in News, August 2023

  • McDonald’s India has opened the first airport drive-thru restaurant in India in Mumbai. It is located near Terminal 2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is the first McDonald’s restaurant in Mumbai to be open 24×7.
  • Guwahati’s Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport became the first airport in the northeast to receive a Digi Yatra facility.

Airport in News: June-July 2023

  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an aerodrome license for the Naini Saini Airport in Uttarakhand.
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi became the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway.
  • PM Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated the new integrated terminal building of the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • PM Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated Gujarat’s first greenfield airport in Rajkot district.
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Airport in News, May 2023

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport (LBSI) in Varanasi has become the first airport in India to offer a reading lounge for passengers.

Airport in News, April 2023

  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi has recently been ranked as the ninth busiest airport in the world by Airports Council International (ACI).
  • The foundation for the Greenfield Bhogapuram International Airport in Andhra Pradesh is scheduled to be laid soon.

Airport in News, March 2023

  • Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi has been ranked among the cleanest airports in Asia-Pacific by the Airport Council International (ACI).
  • Biju Patnaik’s renovated Douglas DC-3 ‘Dakota aircraft has been unveiled for public viewing at the Bhubaneswar airport.
  • Changi Airport, Singapore, has been named the “world’s best airport” in Skytrax’s World Airport Awards 2023.

● Skytrax World’s Top 10 Airports for 2023

  1. Singapore Changi Airport
  2. Hamad International Airport
  3. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
  4. Incheon International Airport
  5. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
  6. Istanbul Airport
  7. Munich Airport
  8. Zurich Airport
  9. Narita International Airport
  10. Madrid-Barajas Airport
  • Renaatus Projects (Chennai) has won a USD 29 million (₹238 crore) contract to expand and upgrade the infrastructure of Gan International Airport in the Maldives.

Airport in News, February 2023

  • Recently, PVR Cinemas launched the Aerohub multiplex, “India’s first multiplex in an airport complex” in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Union Minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia laid the foundation stone of Rewa Airport in Madhya Pradesh.
  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Shivmogga airport in Karnataka.

Airport in News, January 2023

  • Recently, “Pokhara Regional International Airport” was inaugurated in Nepal.
  • The Manohar International Airport at Mopa, in Goa, has recently commenced commercial operations.
  • Recently, Manohar International Airport, Mopa, Goa has been awarded the “Best Sustainable Greenfield Airport” award under Aviation Sustainability and Environment at the ASSOCHAM 14th International Conference for Civil Aviation 2023.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of Hanimaadhoo International Airport in the Maldives was held on January 18, 2023.
  • Two Indian airports ranked among the top 10 best-performing airports in the world in 2022, according to a recent report by Cirium Aviation Analytics.

Top 10 Airports, According to Cirium

RankAirportLocation
1Haneda AirportTokyo, Japan
2Kempegowda International AirportBangalore, India
3Salt Lake City International AirportUtah, US
4Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County AirportMichigan, US
5Philadelphia International AirportPennsylvania, US
6Minneapolis-St. Paul International AirportMinnesota, US
7Indira Gandhi International AirportDelhi, India
8Seattle-Tacoma International AirportWashington, US
9El Dorado International AirportBogota, Colombia
10Charlotte Douglas International AirportNorth Carolina, US

Kempegowda International Airport Rankings

Here are the latest rankings of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) across various categories:

On-Time Performance (October Report)

  • World’s Most Punctual Airport for 3 consecutive months: According to Cirium’s On-Time Performance Monthly Report, KIA maintained an on-time departure punctuality of 87.51% in July, 89.66% in August, and 88.51% in September 2023. This ranks KIA as the most punctual airport globally for this period.
  • Ranked 2nd in Asia for On-Time Performance: In OAG’s Punctuality League 2023 for Asia, KIA secured the 2nd position with an overall on-time performance of 90.12%.

Passenger Traffic

  • 29th Busiest Airport in Asia: As per ACI World’s Airport Traffic Statistics, KIA ranked 29th in Asia by passenger traffic in 2022, handling over 33.3 million passengers.
  • 3rd Busiest Airport in India: In India, KIA remained the 3rd busiest airport after Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, handling approximately 34 million passengers in 2022.

Skytrax Ranking

  • 4-Star Regional Airport: KIA has been certified as a 4-Star Regional Airport by Skytrax for 2023. This rating recognizes the airport’s high standards in facilities, comfort, cleanliness, shopping, food & beverages, staff service, and security/immigration.

Cargo

  • 10th Busiest Cargo Airport in India: KIA ranked 10th in India by cargo volume in 2022, handling over 444,000 metric tons of cargo.

Other Rankings

  • KIA has also been recognized for its environmental sustainability initiatives, receiving the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 3+ from ACI Europe.
  • Additionally, KIA was awarded the Best Cargo Airport in India by Air Cargo World in 2023.

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