New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Apr 28, 2013
Airlines not in favor of the Chennai Airport opening Chennai, India Airport director H.S. Suresh said, OBoth departure and arrival will operate simultaneously from both the terminals for a while. The terminal will be opened as soon as we get the necessary manpower.O Airlines may not be in favour of the new Chennai international terminal being opened for public use without the availability of necessary facilities. The Indian Airline Operators Committee (AOC), comprising representatives from airline operators, met the Minister of State for Civil Aviation K.C. Venugopal on Saturday in this regard. OThe new terminal will open in mid-May but may not operate separately and will require the old terminal to function for a while. The new international terminal will not have an inline baggage screening system. We are also unsure how procedures including check-in, customs, security and immigration can be carried out in both terminals without disturbing passengers,O said an official. The opening of the new terminal has also been plagued by shortage of manpower in CISF, customs and immigration. Customs officials had said that due to inadequate staff, it may be difficult for them to simultaneously operate from both the terminals. Sources also said that nearly 70 per cent of the flights may be able to operate only from the old terminal. OThe issue with the ramp that affected the domestic terminal may be there in the new international terminal too,O another official said. Apr 27, 2013
Goa offers "beach bumming" mansoon packages For couples who love the Goa monsoon, the tourism authorities here have now offered a "beach-bumming" experience in the rain. A new off-season package specifically targetting tourist couples offers a much subsidied three-day-four nights package at hotels operated by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) in the state for a little more than Rs 7,000. "The state is actively promoting its beaches to couples and families who are looking to take a break during this summerholidays," a tourism department spokesperson said Monday. The effort the official said was aimed at making Goa, a wholesome year-round destination at a time when the state is seen largely as a winter tourism have with the tourist season stretching from October to March. "The package also includes two full days of sightseeing on GTDC-run coaches in North and South Goa, and a river cruise on boat Shantadurga/Santa Monica," the spokesperson said. A leading tourism destination in the country, Goa attracts over 2.4 million tourists annually out of which half a million are foreigners. Apr 23, 2013
JAL Group renews in-flight entertainment TOKYO, Japan - JAL Group has started JAL NEW SKY PROJECT since January 2013.Responding to its action slogan "Welcome! New Sky", JAL endeavors to provide our passengers more pleasant surprise with fresh products and services. As one part of this project, aiming to offer our passengers more exciting experience during the flight , JAL Group renews its in-flight entertainment to "New Sky Entertainment JAL Mooove!" from "JAL ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK (JEN)"from May 2013. JAL will provide not only the latest and talked-about movies but also the movies with new visual points. Monthly theme for in-flight movies will be considered, for example, Academy Award movies in May and Mystery & Suspense movies in June. (Not available in some aircrafts) Meanwhile, JAL expands the...