PORT BLAIR OPEN FOR CHARTER FLIGHTS

Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India has permitted foreign charter flights to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfillment of the guidelines issued by Director General, Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. These undulating islands in the Bay of Bengal are covered with dense forests and endless variety of exotic flora and fauna. The topography of the islands is hilly and abounds in evergreen forests. The sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline are fringed with coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. The sea around the islands offers excellent scope for adventure water sports. The rare flora and fauna, underwater marine life and corals, crystal clear water and mangrove-lined creeks, offer a dream-view of the rare gifts of nature. This blessed Islands attract any nature-lover, who seeks absolute peace and tranquility in the lap of Mother Nature. Adventure tourism like trekking, island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving etc., are the major attractions here. A visit to these islands is a memorable lifetime experience. Andaman Islands are a world class eco-tourism destination and has immense potential for adventure water sports. The official web site of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration www.andaman.nic.in gives more details about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The following are the facilities available at Port Blair airport.
Runway having length of 6000 ft. (being extended to 11,000 ft.)
A new terminal building having capacity to handle 400 passengers at a time.
Flight operations are carried out at the airport before noon.

The following are the moderately high class accommodation in the Islands :-

1. Fortune Resort Bay Island (5 star), Port Blair.
Tel: (03192) - 234101, 232198, 232065 Fax: (03192) - 231555
website:- www.welcomgroup.com email: - mail@welcomgroup.com
2. Megapode Nest (3 star), Port Blair.
Fax: (03192) - 235098 email:- aniidco@vsnl.com
3. Hotel Sentinel
Tel: (03192) - 237914-17, 244914-17 email:- hotelsentinel@usa.net
4. Peerless Beach Resort, Port Blair
Tel: (03192) - 233461 - 64, 240201 - 03 Fax: (03192) - 233463
email: - beachinn@dte.vsnl.net.in
5. Sinclairs Bay View, Port Blair
Tel: (03192) - 232937 Fax: (03192) - 231824
email:- sinview@cal3.vsnl.net.in
6. Dolphin Resort, Havelock Island
Tel: (03192) - 230933 Fax: (03192) - 230234
email:- accoatandamans@hotmail.com

The following are the Govt. of India approved tour operators in the Islands:-

1. Island Travels
Tel:(03192)-233358, 233034 Fax:(03192)-230109, 233051
email:-islandtravels@yahoo.com
2. Sagar Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Tel:(03192)-233703, 233704 Fax: (03192)-233318

The guidelines of Director General Civil Aviation regarding operation of charter flight is available at www.dgca.nic.in Address of Director General - Civil Aviation Aeronautical Information Services,

Director General of Civil Aviation
Opposite Safdarjung Airport,
New Delhi - 110 003.
Tel: 00 91 11 4622495 Fax: 0091 11 4629221
Email - web@dgca.delhi.nic.in, dgca@hub.nic.in

For further information if any contact:-

Director - Tourism
A & N Administration
Port Blair - 744 101. (India)
Tel./Fax: (03192) - 230933/230234
email- diptblair@hotmail.com