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Port Blair Airport?  
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2367 times:

Anyone knows if there are any pics of Port Blair airport on the net?
I found out that it´s 11000 feet long and have a terminal for 400 people,
thanks in advance...


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User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Port Blair airport is a small, old airport that was constructed in 1947.

Men:

"Do not take pictures of the airport, government dockyard, defence establishments, naval wharf, Dhanikari Dam and Chatham Saw Mill."





User currently offlineAvioGuy From India, joined Jan 2001, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

its supposed to have one of the most specatculor approaches. Never seen it myself but thats what i have heard.


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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

Hope being able to go there soon.

There are connections from MAA and CCU to IXZ. Airlines operating are IC and 9W.

11000 Feet is quite long. Was the Airport used by the Indian Air Force before?



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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

Definitely one of the sweatest a/p I have landed... a beautiful landing, and the airport building is smaller than a four member family house... taking off and landing is not the easiest due to the limited runway... I will try to check whether I have pics and give a message if I find any and upload them

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

Mrniji, I would be grateful if you did. I saw that both Jet Airways and Indian Airlines fly to Port Blair from Chennai (both) and Kolkata (IA).
IA use A320 on the route and JA Boeings (didn´t stay which), I saw some pictures from a sportfishing magazine and I would like to spend next Xmas
there, but the price seem a bit too much at the moment...


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

I do my best but I am not sure whether I have pics from the airport there... I will check when I am back in FRA. You can also drop me a private email when you need info,

I took IC in 2000, still on the CD Boeing 732s... I had a visit India pass for 14 days $ 500 unlimited travel with IC... but even the ship is a cheap, but long alternative, The place itself is amazing, but get away from South Andaman asap!  Smile

Tell me if you need more info


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

I'd be very surprised if the runway was really 11000 ft. My memory of my last trip there about 10 years ago was a runway just under 6000 ft long. That is why both IC/9W schedule their flights as early morning arrivals/departures - anything warmer and the aircraft would not be able to make the 2 hour flight back to the mainland.

Regarding military activity, there is a naval base there but the only aircraft based at IXZ used to be Sea Harriers with VTOL capacity - so the runway length is sufficient for them.

As mrniji says, it is an absolutely tiny airport. No taxiways, no apron, nothing. Just a single strip leading from a sheer cliff to a hill. Aircraft turn around at the end of the runway and passengers offload/onload right there. There are no conveyors or similar for luggage. The guys put it into a truck and park by the terminal. You then root through the pile and figure out which is yours.

The approach to IXZ is indeed very spectacular as you are literally flying over open ocean and coral reefs until you hit the runway which is almost 100 feet above the sea level and comes at you out of nowhere.

I too have pictures of the Andamans, but not of the airport itself. Due to the naval base, photography there is highly prohibited (more so than at most Indian airports) so I didn't risk any photos.

The Andamans are truly paradise on earth and I would love to go back there sometime.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

IA use A320 on the route and JA Boeings (didn´t stay which)

IC uses A320s from MAA and the CD B732s from CCU.

9W uses B734s from MAA, but occasionally substitute a B73G or B738 if loads and/or operational conditions warrant.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

Thanks that explain why there´s no photos availble.
I found info about the PB airport at http://andaman.nic.in/ch_flight.htm
and http://www.world-airport-codes.com/india/port-blair-airport-5944.html

[Edited 2004-04-24 13:51:46]

User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Alessandro and Sean, if you say that you are going... I might join again! It was fantastic and my best holidays...  Smile Have fun!

User currently offlineJubilee777 From Singapore, joined May 1999, 528 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

Haven't actually seen the airport but Port Blair is beautiful.

Ross Island (correct?) is a must, with those rotting cannons and quiet rocky beach......ohh bliss

Only thing is the sun comes out at 0500hrs local time and set at 1700hrs local time due to the island following the Indian mainland timings.... a bit hard to adjust thou'.

Cheers
Jubi777


User currently offlineIndianFlyboy From India, joined Sep 2003, 294 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2016 times:

Its a 6000 ft runway in Port Blair . The Harriers are not there anymore , the current a/c operating from there is the Do 228. The longest runway in India belongs to the Indian Navy which is in Arokanam, 90 km from Chennai. The unit INS Rajali operates the TU 142 bear.

More information available here:
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/INS-Rajali.html


User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2008 times:

Photo of Port Blair Terminal here-->







http://www.airportsindia.org.in/aai/civil_enclaves/portblair/portblair-general.htm

Technical information

http://www.airportsindia.org.in/aai/civil_enclaves/portblair/portblair-tech.htm



User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Wow, they must have really refurbished the airport. When I was there it looked like a traditional andaman hutt, now there is a makaan (hindi: building)!  Smile

But I couldn't imagine it could handle more than the two IC a/c and the one 9W a/c at one time!


User currently offlineAvioGuy From India, joined Jan 2001, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

Port Blair will be soon a full naval command i think due to increase Chinese activity.


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