Monday, 22 October 2012
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA’S POLICY ON AIRCRAFT GROUND HANDLING SERVICES AT AIRPORTS IN INDIA
Aircraft Ground Handling Services at airports in India has undergone major changes and made rapid improvements in the recent past consequent to the promulgation of the Gazette Notification that came into force effective 18th October,2007. These Regulations cover the entire spectrum of Ramp & Traffic Handling that covers Marshalling, Parking, Starting, Mooring of Aircraft as well as its cleaning, loading / unloading apart from Cargo Handling, Passenger and baggage handling, Cargo etc.. As these regulations make it mandatory for the authorized service provider to use only the latest state-of-art equipment and deployment of wholetime bonafide employees, the standards of Ground Handling at Indian airports has already shown signs of great improvements and is now comparable to international standards and practices.
Amongst the latest awardees of Ground Handling Services is Bhadra International who are providing these services at Chennai, Kolkata and all other airports in Southern Region of the country. It’s achievements in such a short span of time reveal that it has earned enormous praises from its client airlines. Some typical examples of its recent activities are worth noting.
As recently as the 12th October, Bhadra International commenced its quality professional Ground Handling services for Oman Air Flights at Chennai and Calicut airports. This commencement came as Bhadra International braced itself to also provide these world class professional Ground Handling services to Air Austral commencing 30th October at Chennai and the Dragon Airlines beginning November 2nd at Kolkata.
Bhadra International has also earned kudos for the successful commencement of operations for Lufthansa and Korean Air Freighter Flight, the leaders in carrying freight and freighter aircraft movements.
The company is already serving all the recent entrants at Chennai Airport, rendering total support in establishing new businesses of Air China and Hong Kong Airlines. In fact, it is also admirably meeting the requirements of Gulf Air who have doubled their number of weekly flights in the last six months.
On completion of recent Phase 1 of Haj Flights, the Management of Saudi Arabian Airlines had the following to place on record.
“Alhamdullilah! Hajj Phase I successfully and peacefully completed today 20 Oct. 12 at 1509 hours. We operated 30 Hajj charter flights and carried a total of 8835 Hajj Pilgrims from Calicut embarkation point during the period 06 Oct to 20 Oct 12.
Saudi Arabian Airlines would like to express its sincere gratitude to Bhadra and its staff for the support and cooperation extended to us during this period to ensure smooth Hajj handling. The service and assistance rendered to Hajj pilgrims by your staff were well appreciated by different agencies who were involved in this operations.
We request you to kindly convey our thanks to all your staff concerned”.
Bhadra and its contributions in enhancing Ground Handling Services at Airports in India are making the Civil Aviation in India real proud.