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2017

Zoom Air - India's Newest Airline - Adds New Flights: 10 Things To Know

NDTV - March 23, 2017

Zoom Air will operate Delhi-Durgapur-Kolkata flights in the morning and Kolkata-Durgapur- Delhi in the evening from March 24, 2017...

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More Zoom flights for Durgapur by month-end

Times of India - March 18, 2017

Kolkata: From March 26, Zoom Air will connect Durgapur with Delhi twice a day...

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New airline Zoom to take off on February 15

The Economic Times - February 13, 2017

NEW DELHI: The government's regional connectivity push seems to have finally struck the right note, with Zoom Air, India's newest airline, launching its inaugural flight on the Delhi Durgapur route on Sunday morning...

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Zoom Air set to take off on February 15

The Hindu Business Line- February 13, 2017

To start daily scheduled operations on the Delhi Kolkata Durgapur sector from February 15...

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Zoom Air eyes hub in Durgapur

The Times of India - February 13, 2017

ANDAL (DURGAPUR): Zoom Air will begin commercial operations on the Delhi-Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi sector from February 15 with plans to connect Mumbai and Hyderabad to the steel town later in April...

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Zoom Air To Start Commercial Operations From February 15

NDTV Profit - February 12, 2017

Zoom Air would start commercial services from February 15 with a flight to Durgapur via Kolkata from New Delhi...

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Zoom Air to focus on under­served air routes

Business Standard - February 12, 2017

India's latest private airline Zoom Air, which launched its inaugural flight on Sunday from Delhi to West Bengal's Durgapur, plans to fill the gap of "sectors which are less catered" by other scheduled airlines, a company official said...

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Zoom Air: Civil aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi flags off India’s newest airline

The Financial Express - February 12, 2017

Zoom Air, India’s newest full-service airline launched its first flight today, on February 12, from Delhi to Durgapur...

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Press Clippings on Zoom Air

February 5, 2017

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2016

Reliance Jio to provide free WiFi at West Bengal’s Andal airport

Hindustan Times - February 9, 2016

After Google and BSNL, it is turn for Reliance Jio to provide free WiFi to consumers. Jionet, a service from Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), is going to provide free WiFI connectivity for air travellers at the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal in Durgapur...

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Druk Air may fly via Andal

Times of India - January 10, 2016

Druk Air is likely to start a new flight from Bhutan's Paro to Singapore via Andal soon...

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BAPL woos investors with an extended flight route

Business Standard - January 10, 2016

The country's premiere aerotropolis project developed by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL) has begun to attract investments after it extended its flight operations in its greefiled private airport...

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2015

Mamata takes first Andal flight to Delhi

The Telegraph - December 8, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today arrived in Delhi in the first commercial flight to take off for the capital from Burdwan’s Andal airport, the decision to take the inaugural flight capturing her desperation to promote the country’s first greenfield private airport…

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Durgapur – Delhi flight will help industry & tourism: CM

The Times of India - December 8, 2015

At 31 minutes, it was the shortest flight that Captain KK Kejriwal had undertaken. For the passengers in the airbus A319, it was pretty much the same. The plane took off from Kolkata airport on Monday afternoon and touched down at Andal even before the 122 passengers on the flight had settled down..

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Mamata’s Delhi visit aimed at preventing a Cong-Left tie-up

Hindustan times - December 8, 2015

As chief minister Mamata Banerjee reached Delhi on Monday on a three-day trip, political circles were abuzz with speculations over the real purpose of her visit. A string of meetings lined up with leaders cutting across the political spectrum have only strengthened the perception that her visit is aimed at gauging the political situation in the run-up to the Assembly polls in Bengal in the summer of 2016..

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Mamata takes inaugural Air India flight to meet PM

The Indian Express - December 8, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday inaugurated the long awaited Kolkata-Durgapur-New Delhi flight, connecting the industrial city of Durgapur directly with the national capital..

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Mamata Inaugurates Durgapur-Delhi Flight

The Economic Times - December 8, 2015

The industrial town of Durgapur on Monday found its place in the aviation map of the country as chief minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated direct flight connectivity between this industrial town and the national capital of New Delhi..

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Direct Flights To Capital On The Way

The Statesman - December 8, 2015

Direct flight services will be introduced from Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal to Delhi from 21st December, chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee said at kolktata airport today..

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Mamata inaugurates AI’s Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi flight

Millennium Post - December 8, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday inaugurated the long awaited Kolkata – Durgapur – New Delhi flight connecting the industrial city of Durgapur directly with the national capital..

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India's first aerotropolis boosts regional air connectivity in WB

Express Travel World - June 17, 2015

Operations were recently started at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Durgapur, the country's first private greenfield operational airport..

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An interview to CNBC TV18

Youtube - June 12, 2015

Mr. Patho Ghosh MD Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited speaks with CNBC TV18..

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An interview to Bloomberg TV

Youtube - June 12, 2015

Mr. Patho Ghosh MD Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited speaks with Bloomberg TV..

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Andal airport takes off on star power

Times of India - May 19, 2015

On the first day of commercial operations, 101 passengers flew into and out of Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal in three flights that operated on Monday..

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Durgapur airport starts operations with flight to Kolkata

Indian Express - May 19, 2015

BEGINNING a new chapter in aviation sector, commercial flights on Monday started operation at the recently opened Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Durgapur - 170 km from Kolkata..

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Andal airport receives first flight

Hindu Business Line - May 19, 2015

Two fully geared fire tenders-greeted the first commercial flight to Andal airport as a host of Tollywood stars lik Dev and Moon Moon Sen(also Trinamool congress MPs) and two Cabinet Ministers - Malay Ghatak and Aroop Biswas - made history by being the first passengers on board the historic flight...

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Durgapur airport begins commercial operation

Business Standard - May 19, 2015

Commercial plying of aircraft was inaugurated on Monday to and from the new privately built airport at Andal...

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Mr. Modi Satisfied, flies from Andal Airport

Ananda Bazar Patrika - May 11, 2015

Mr. Modi Satisfied, flies from Andal Airport..

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Modi first to check in at state's 3rd airport

Hindustan Times - May 11, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first passenger to use the country's first greenfield private airport at Andal in Bardhaman on Sunday..

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Hectic first day at Andal airport

Times of India - May 11, 2015

Narendra Modi on Sunday afternoon became the first passenger to fly out the country's first private-sector greenfield airport..

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Air services from Durgapur to southern cities likely soon

The Hindu - March 28, 2015

Vijaywada based Air Costa is keen to start operations from West Bengal's upcoming airport near Durgapur and has already begun talks in this regard…

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Andal airport may open on Poila Boisakh

Times of India - March 18, 2015

With the ground calibration for Kazi Nazrul Airport in Andal completed on Monday the government is targeting a Poila Boisakh opening for the showcase project...

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India's first private airport to start operations from mid-April

Business Standard - March 17, 2015

The Changi-promoted airport at Andal in West Bengal is set to start commercial operations by next month...

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India's first private airport to be operational next month

Financial Express - March 17, 2015

The country's first private greenfield airport at Durgapur, promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), is likely to be operational by April 14...

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Durgapur airport to be operational next month

Hindu Business Line - March 17, 2015

The country's first private greenfield airport at Durgapur, promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), is likely to be operational by April 14...

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Andal airport awaits DGCA approval for maiden flight

Hindustan Times - March 17, 2015

With Airports Authority of India (AAI) airport completing calibration process at Andal airport on Monday, authorities of Bengal Aorotropolis Projects Limited(BAPL) are hopeful that flight operation would soon begin from the aerodrome from April 14...

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Country's first private airport in Durgapur may become operational by April 14

Indian Express - March 17, 2015

The country's first private greenfield airport at Durgapur, promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), is likely to be operational by April 14...

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Pre-commissioning activities begin at new airport

The Hindu - March 17, 2015

Pre-commissioning activities have begun at the new airport in West Bengal with the Airports Authority of India running test flights and conducting calibration of the navigational aids installed at the airport...

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Andal airport inches closer to take-off

Times of India – March 13, 2015

Engineers and technicians of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) have completed installing all requisite navigational and meteorological equipment at Andal airport, the first private greenfield one in eastern India...

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2014

Changi raises stake in Bengal Aerotropolis Projects, to run airport for 15 years

Business Standard – October 31, 2014

Within two months of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee visiting Singapore to seek investments, Singapore-based Changi Airports International has raised its stake in the upcoming airport city project at Durgapur to 32.2 per cent...

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Carriers ready to operate flights, submit EoI

Times of India – October 31, 2014

Three regional airlines have submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) to operate flights from Durgapur to cities like Ranchi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Kolkata, Bagdogra and Cooch Behar from the Andal airport near Durgapur........

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AAI to equip Bengal's first Greenfield airport

Hindustan Times - October 25, 2014

According to senior AAI officials and those at Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited, some critical equipment to facilitate launch of operations has already reached Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport........

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Mamata announces Cooch Behar-Kolkata air services

Business Standard – September 9, 2014

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced a slew of projects for development of North Bengal including air services between Cooch Behar and Kolkata via Durgapur, where a new airport is coming up in collaboration with Changi of Singapore...

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**Mamata to make five-day trip to Singapore on August 17

Business Standard - August 12, 2014

In a bid to woo investors to come and invest in a state, which has developed an anti-industry image over years, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to make her maiden overseas trip to Singapore........

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Mamata to make five-day trip to Singapore

Khabar 365 - August 12, 2014

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Mamata’s message to Singapore PM: Free land aplenty in state for industry

Hindustan Times - August 20, 2014

Unencumbered land is available for industry in West Bengal, a state that has made a name for its intransigent land laws in recent past, chief minister Mamata Banerjee assured Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, on Tuesday...

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Singapore PM asks Mamata about free land

The Telegraph - August 20, 2014

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong asked Mamata Banerjee about availability of free land in Bengal when she went to call on him this afternoon........

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**Bengal & Singapore to set up business centre in Kolkata

Aajkaal - August 20, 2014

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BAPL signs MoU with Changi Airports International

Business Standard - August 21, 2014

Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Singapore’s Changi Airport International (CAI) to conduct feasibility studies on setting up an aviation training academy...

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Singapore’s Changi Airport to raise stake in BAPL

Daily Post - August 21, 2014

Singapore’s Changi Airport International (CAI) has decided to increase its stake in Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL) to 32.2 per cent from 26 per cent held since the project began in 2009........

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Singapore’s Changi Airport to Raise Stake in BAPL to 32%

Economic Times - August 21, 2014

Singapore’s Changi Airport International (CAI) has decided to increase its stake in Bengal Aerotropolis Project to 32.2% from 26% held since the project began in 2009.........

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Singapore’s Changi Airport to up stake in Bengal Aerotropolis

Financial Express - August 21, 2014

Singapore’s Changi Airport International (CAI) has decided to increase its stake in Bengal Aerotropolis Project (BAPL) to 32.2% from 26% held since the project began in 2009........

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Singapore’s Changi to raise sake in Bengal airport project

Hindu Business Line - August 21, 2014

Changi Airport International (CAI), Singapore, has decided to raise their stake in the specialized infrastructure company Bengal Aerotropolis Project (BAPL) to 32.2 per cent from 26 per cent........

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**CM seeks foreign direct investment

Dainik Vishamitra - August 21, 2014

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**BAPL signs MoU with Changi Airport International

Ebela Bengali - August 21, 2014

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**Changi Airport to raise stake in BAPL

Sangbad Pratidin - August 21, 2014

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**CM seeks foreign direct investment

Sanmarg - August 21, 2014

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BAPL plans affordable housing

Financial Chronicle - August 22, 2014

Bengal Aerotropolis Projects (BAPL) said it will develop an affordable housing project........

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**Changi Airport to raise stake in BAPL

Ei Samay - August 22, 2014

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**Affordable housing for everyone at Andal

Khabar 365 - August 22, 2014

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**Raise stake at Andal Aerotropolis project, will raise employment opportunity

Sangbad Pratidin - August 22, 2014

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** Andal Airport will start from December

Bartaman - July 10, 2014

Andal Airport will start from December, states the Chief Minister of West Bengal in Bardhaman........

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Power lines to go underground to make way for airportr

The Hindu - July 5, 2014

Rs. 10000-crore project has capacity of one million passengers of which 28 per cent is expected to be business traffic........

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Andal airport set to take wing

The Times of India - June 6, 2014

The Airport, A critical component of Airotropolis- the state's Rs.10000 crore airport township project is all set to take off around September-October with operations by non scheduled airlines........

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Andal airport makes steady progress

The Times of India - June 5, 2014

State government officials and BAPL representatives on Wednesday held a review meeting with different stake holders in Burdwan to accelerate the process of clearing impediments that can delay the full-fledged commercial operation of the Andal airport........

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State inks chopper service deal

The Telegraph - Feb 27, 2014

The Bengal government on Wednesday signed a deal with Bengal Aerotropolis Private Limited to look after the technical aspects of helicopter operations across five destinations in Bengal........

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Copter service to get helipad handler

The Telegraph - Feb 22, 2014

Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), which oversees and manages ticketing operations for the helicopter services to goverment promoted destinations in districts, could be hired to handle technical aspects such as helipad maintenance........

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Airport coal hurdle cleared

The Telegraph - Feb 20, 2014

The Union coal ministry has cancled the allocation of a coal block in Burdwan's Andal that lies undernith the area where the Airport city is being built, clearing a hurdle in the way of the project........

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India's first aerotropolis kicks off chopter service

Financial Chronicle - Jan 1, 2014

Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd(BAPL) is a specialised infrasrtucture company engaged in the identification and development of aerotropolis projects in India, on Monday, kicked off its helicopter services between Kolkata and Durgapur........

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2013

Bengal Aerotropolis inaugurated, renamed after poet Nazrul Islam

Business Standard - Sept 20, 2013

After various verbal and other difference over two years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's goverment finally demonstrated its support for an aerotropolis project here, with half the state cabinet and she arriving for the formal inauguration on Thursday.......

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Aerotropolis to usher in new era

Asian Age - Sept 20, 2013

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday named the new airport building at Andal in Burdwan district after revolutionary poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.......

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Aerotropolis to help showcase state as investment destination

Economic Times - Sept 20, 2013

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that the Rs.10,000-crore airport city project at Andal in West Bengal's Burdwan district will change the industrial scenario of the state....

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Durgapur airport named after poet Nazrul Islam

Hindu Business Line - Sept 20, 2013

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday, named the upcoming airport at Andal near Durgapur in Bardhman, some 100 odd km from the city, as Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport.......

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CM roots for FDI flow to Andal

The Times of India - Sept 20, 2013

Gives 100% sales tax waiver on aviation turbine fuel to attract investors....

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New stance gives wing to Andal dream

The Times of India - Sept 19, 2013

Mamata to visit Rs.12000-Cr Airport today, Likely to name it after poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.......

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Bengal's airport city nears completion

The Times of India - June 10, 2013

Ever since the antiland acquistion movement gained momentum in 2006-07, few projects have made progress. IISCO Steel Plant, Durgapur Aerotropolis and Matix Fertilizer are the three that have.......

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India’s first aerotropolis set for flying start

New Straits Times - May 10, 2013

The greenfield airport which started six years ago is finally due to complete this month, according to recent news reports. The airport is expected to begin full-fledged commercial operations end of this year.......

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Andal airport to be ready by May

The Times of India - March 12, 2013

The greenfield airport that is in an advanced stage of construction at Andal near Durgapur has received a thumbs-up from director general of civil aviation Arun Misha........

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