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Of Trips & Tribulations

rhytm seems so excited by the prospect of visiting Madras. He's gone into overdrive concerning the trip & if it weren't for the exams, he seems ready to leave right away.

VOMM is the 4 letter code allocated to the Madras International Airport by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). There are three ways in which stations are identified as mentioned here. Two of the three ways are international & the third is US specific (done by the FAA). gweather & gkrellm-weather both depend on the 4 letter ICAO station code to pick up weather. Although Bangalore has an International Airport (Don't even get me started on how pathetic the airport is, when compared to truly International ones like Changi or the Dubai International Airport. In fact I can't even compare...the one we have in bangalore is a matchbox) it does not have an ICAO station code (places like Congo & Central African Republic have it & the Silicon Valley of India doesn't). Hence I'm seeing how Madras is doing weather wise on my desktop.

Maybe I should go see how I can make these things pick up the weather using the WMO station codes...


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Jan. 13th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
The Madras airport is amongst the best in India... I atleast thought it was really good.... Bangalore is pathetic... Hyderabad is fairly good....
Jan. 13th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
Again, when you compare it other ones abroad, its not top class, but it is a proper airport (unlike bangalore) & its improved over the years (no doubt about that). I haven't seen Hyderabad, but they have a new Airport coming up sometime soon (before our Devanahalli has one I bet) & that should really rock. How is Delhi Airport ? Been a long time since I've seen that, the Indira Gandhi International Terminal...
Jan. 14th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
They don't let you go inside the international terminal in Delhi unless you are flying. I have been to the domestic one a looooong time back, don't remember how it was.
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)
I liked chennai airport too. Even the domestic one is "fresh". Bombay is deary in comparison. Artificial waterfall on marble stairs .. ugh!
Charles de Gaulle in paris was unreal compared to that.
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC)
They should hand over control(atleast partially) of the AAI (Airports Authority of India) to private concerns. Atleast then a few things might improve & yeah the last time I saw Bombay's Santa Cruz, I felt sick.
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