Category Archives: Aviation

Air passenger traffic to surge to 1 bn: Civil Aviation Minister

India’s civil aviation sector is experiencing dynamic growth and air passenger traffic on an annual basis is expected to touch 1 billion in the coming years, informed Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, in Lok Sabha. Currently, the number of air passengers on an annual basis is around 345 million. He also informed that government has taken a decision to privatise six airports, including at Lucknow and Ahmedabad. Out of the six, three have been awarded to Adani group and issues related to two others have been resolved. Earlier this month, the Cabinet approved leasing out Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru airports to Adani group. In 2018, the government decided to lease out airports at Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Mangaluru and Thiruvanathapuram. All the six airports were won through bidding by Adani group.

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Indigo to connect Delhi to Jodhpur and Ahmedabad from Sept 5

Indigo shall introduce daily non-stop flights between Jodhpur and Delhi and Ahmedabad, the operations for which will commence from September 5, 2019. The airline will also introduce daily direct flights on the Delhi-Agartala and Delhi-Dibrugarh routes as well. Under the newly introduced flights, the airline will offer tickets starting from Rs 1,999. Jodhpur will be IndiGo’s 56th destination in India. The flights on the Delhi-Agartala and Delhi-Dibrugarh routes will commence operations from August 14, and the tickets for these will start from Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,499 respectively (one way). Reportedly, the airline is planning six new international flights from Delhi and Mumbai. The new flights would be on Delhi-Jeddah, Mumbai-Kuwait and Mumbai-Dubai routes, the airline said.

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UDAN routes reach 194 as 8 additional sectors start operating

Giving further fillip to Regional Connectivity in the country, 8 more routes (including 2 DoNER Routes) became functional Under Regional Connectivity Scheme/UdeDeshKaAamNagrik- UDAN scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. With this, the total UDAN routes Operational as on date increased to 194 routes. These routes include Mysore-Hyderabad, Hyderabad-Mysore, Goa- Mysore, Mysore-Goa, Cochin-Mysore, Mysore-Cochin, Kolkata-Shillong. Shillong-Kolkata.

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Delhi Airport, 38th in the list of world’s best airports for business travellers

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is at the 38th spot. Delhi airport got 4 out of 5 stars while Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport airport got 3 stars. The two are India’s busiest airports. Japan’s Narita Airport, which recorded 81.1% on-time flight arrivals, was crowned as the world’s best business airport. It also boasts of 19 passenger lounges, second only to Los Angeles International Airport. USA has the highest number of business travel-friendly airports in the top 10 list. Online travel agency Globehunters has compiled this list of world’s 45 most popular airports and ranked them according to their suitability for business travellers. Globehunters team took into account several factors such as on-time arrival performance, number of airlines and destinations served, number of lounges, the price of airport parking per day, etc.

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GoAir plans to add Vietnam, Cambodia to destination list

Budget passenger carrier GoAir plans to add destinations such as Hanoi and Phnom Penh to its international network by the year-end, sources said. Sources said the airline, which is rapidly expanding its international presence, will also deploy capacity to Bhutan in the coming days. Till recently, the airline flew to just four international destinations — Phuket, Malé, Muscat and Abu Dhabi. Lately, it launched a slew of new international flights — Delhi-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Muscat, Delhi-Bangkok and Kannur-Kuwait. However, some of these new international flights are being operated on re-allocated slots of Jet Airways. GoAir has the rights over these till September.

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SriLankan to enhance connectivity to Ahmedabad and Calicut

To bolster its connectivity to the Indian sub-continent, SriLankan Airlines will initiate new flights to Ahmedabad and Calicut. The operations will begin in 2020. Vipula Gunatilleka, CEO, SriLankan Airlines, said, “We wanted to enhance connectivity to Gujarat and hence will start a new connection to Ahmedabad. We were earlier operating to Calicut but had to stop that for some reason and will restart this route again and hope to record growth in the region.”

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GoAir to connect Delhi & Mumbai with Bangkok, and Kannur with Dubai & Kuwait

Starting July 19, low-cost carrier GoAir will add seven new routes to its international network, which will include three new destinations – Bangkok, Dubai, and Kuwait. The daily flights, subject to final approval, will include Delhi-Abu Dhabi, Delhi-Bangkok; Kannur-Dubai, Kannur-Kuwait; Mumbai-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Bangkok, and Mumbai-Muscat services. GoAir has flown over 72 million passengers since its inception, and in the next two years the airline aims to touch the 100 million passengers mark. Speaking about the new routes, Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir, said, “I am very pleased to announce these planned launches which will strengthen GoAir’s presence in the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries. The network expansion is in sync with our vision to expand our footprint in strategic markets and to grow our business profitably. This time, we are entering new destinations – Kuwait, Dubai and Bangkok – and we intend to continue the momentum in the near future.”

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Out of 705 routes under UDAN, 174 are now operational

Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said,”Out of the 705 routes awarded under RCS-UDAN version 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, 174 routes are operational till date.” As per the data presented by Puri, IndiGo has been awarded total 32 networks under UDAN scheme. Ministry of Civil Aviation had launched Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)-UDAN scheme on October 21, 2016, to facilitate and stimulate regional air connectivity and making air travel affordable to the masses. The data said that SpiceJet has been awarded total 50 networks, and the budget carrier has started flight operations on just the half of them. Out of total 705 routes which have been awarded by the Centre under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN, 174 routes have become operational till date, Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday. Based on their assessment of demand on particular routes, the airlines submit proposals at the time of bidding under UDAN scheme from time to time.

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Expo 2020 Dubai and EKFC create fresh and eco-friendly F&B vision

Fresh produce grown at the world’s largest vertical farm will be served to millions at Expo 2020 Dubai as part of a collaboration with Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) to provide delicious and diverse culinary choices while showcasing the future of sustainable gastronomy. Gillian Hamburger, Senior Vice President – Programming at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “With 50 million meals expected to be served during Expo 2020, both quality and sustainability are crucial to our aim of creating an exceptional – and delicious – World Expo, while also contributing to a more sustainable future for us all. Expo 2020 and Emirates Flight Catering share this strong commitment, and we look forward to exchanging knowledge and ideas.” The tie-up will also introduce visitors to the world’s most tantalising up-and-coming cuisines at Expo Culinary Experience restaurants. Operated by EKFC, the eateries will embrace authentic recipes from participating countries – enabling diners to sample global flavours, ingredients and foodstuffs they may have never considered before stepping through the Expo 2020 gates. Aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Gastronomy Day on 18 June, Expo 2020 and EKFC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that sets out a shared vision for the largest event ever staged in the Arab world. This forms part of a broader collaboration which puts the planet first – with Expo 2020 and EKFC innovating together to advance Expo 2020’s Sustainability subtheme and create lasting positive environmental impacts. Saeed Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Flight Catering, said: “At Emirates Flight Catering we are constantly looking at innovation and ways to improve our productivity, product and service quality. We are committed to bringing our customers the freshest and highest quality food possible by …

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MOT considers scrapping Group Landing Permit for passengers of e-visa countries

Currently, the Group Landing Permit (GLP) facility works as a visa for foreign tourists who are arriving in groups of four or more. Tourists who are sponsored by Indian travel agencies approved by the tourism ministry with a pre-drawn itinerary are granted collective landing permits for a period not exceeding 60 days, with multiple entry facility to enable them visit a neighboring country. Considering the feedback received, a view has been taken that Group Landing Permit facility may be scrapped for passengers of those countries which have been extended e-Visa facility, as its sole purpose has been served and because, e-Visa facility has been presently extended to 166 countries.

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