Category Archives: Aviation

Budgetary allocation for Civil Aviation goes down to ₹2,357, govt grants ₹502 crore for RCS

The budgetary allocation for the Civil Aviation Ministry has been reduced to ₹2,357.14 crore for the current fiscal ending next March. Meanwhile, the regional air connectivity scheme is set to receive ₹502 crore during the same period. In the budgetary allocation for 2023-24, the amount for the Civil Aviation Ministry was ₹2,922.12 crore.

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Union Budget 2024: Projects for port connectivity, tourism infra on islands including Lakshadweep will be taken up

Sitharaman has raised our hopes when it comes to tourism in India, which bodes well not just for domestic but also inbound tourism, which has been suffering since Covid. Delivering to the states, she highlighted the development of ‘iconic’ tourism centres by the states who will be allowed long-term, interest-free loans for such long-term development. For domestic tourism, the FM announced projects for better port connectivity and more tourism infrastructure, that will be taken up on islands in India, including of course Lakshadweep! All in all, her Budget highlighted promoting investments into India, including its infrastructure projects. In positioning India as a global tourist destination, we’ll also create jobs, stimulate investments and unlock economic opportunities for other sectors. In addition to the measures outlined in the interim budget, I propose the following measures. Vishnupath temple at Gaya and Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya in Bihar are of immense spiritual significance. Comprehensive development of Vishnupath temple corridor and Mahabodhi temple corridor will be supported, modeled on the successful Kashi Vishwana temple corridor to transform them into world-class pilgrim and tourist destinations. Rajgir, Rajgir holds immense religious significance for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. The 20th Tirthankara Muni Suvaratha temple in the Jain complex, Jain temple complex is ancient. The Sapta Rishi or the seven hot springs form a warm water Brahmkund that is sacred. A comprehensive development initiative for Rajgir will be undertaken. Our government will support the development of Nalanda as a tourist center besides reviving Nalanda University to its glorious stature. Odisha’s scenic beauty, temples, monuments, craftsmanship, wildlife sanctuaries, natural landscapes and pristine beaches make it an ultimate tourism destination. Our government will provide assistance for their development to Odisha …

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Union Budget 2024: Inclusive development and growth up to village level

With the aim of Viksit Bharat by 2047, the Interim Budget 2024 yet again showcased a lofty imagery of the ‘new and improved’ India. However, it does fleetingly mention tourism and its development – directly and indirectly. To build a foundation for future development, the FM underlined its Startup Credit Guarantee Schemes that will encourage new businesses in various sectors including, hopefully, tourism. She mentioned that the country ‘is capable of creating more opportunities’ which cannot be further from the truth. Sitharaman added that the focus will be on ffostering and sustaining growth to create great opportunities for all and to fulfil aspirations. She said that the MSME will be an important element of this policy. Coming to aviation, she said that it has been ‘galvanized in the past 10 years’ with number of airports doubled, expansion of the UDAN scheme, 517 new routes carrying 1.3 crore passengers, and the expansion of existing and new airports that will continue, she committed. Mentioning the success of G20 meets that took place across India, she said the country has made itself an attractive destination for MICE. ‘The corporates want to explore India and religious tourism offers great opportunities.

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Union Budget 2024: Industry cautiously hopeful today

A lot is riding on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s 7th Union Budget presentation, to be aired today. This makes her the first FM to present seven Union Budgets in a row! This Budget is an important one for ‘Amrit Kaal’ and will decide the direction for India’s economy for the next five years. It has the potential to build a strong foundation of our dream of Viksit Bharat, the Prime Minister has said. As the industry braces itself for it, it does so with cautious hope – afraid of being let down yet again due to the absence of any mention of tourism, yet hopeful that perhaps this could be the moment when the sector begins to appear in the FM’s horizon. Watch this space for more updates and industry reactions on the Budget.

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India to expand its airport count to 300 by 2047, 70 airstrips to be upgraded into full-fledged airports by AAI

The AAI’s draft of National Airports Development Plan has scribed its agenda to expand the airport count to 300 by 2047. As per the plan, around 70 airstrips can be developed into full-fledged airports that can handle narrow-body aircraft such as A320 or B737, and nearly 40 airstrips can be developed to handle smaller aircraft.

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India makes remarkable progress in aviation industry, emerges as 3rd largest domestic aviation market: OAG Aviation

Mayur Patel, Head of Asia, OAG Aviation, said, “India has made remarkable progress in its aviation industry, positioning itself as the third largest domestic aviation market in the world. India has witnessed substantial growth in its domestic aviation sector, showcasing the country’s expanding middle class and their rising disposable income.”

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Oman Air triumphs at the 2024 Skytrax World Airline Awards with seventh Win for Best Airline Staff in the Middle East

Oman Air has been named Best Airline Staff is the Middle East at the Skytrax 2024 World Airline Award. The prestigious accolade was accepted by Con Korfiatis, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, during the award’s 25th anniversary in Windsor, UK. It’s the seventh time Oman Air has claimed the title. “Oman Air’s consistent success in this category underscores our unwavering, dedication to fostering a service-oriented culture that is deeply rooted in the rich traditions of Omani hospitality. I am extremely proud of the Oman Air family, both onboard and on the ground for providing time and again their dedication to service excellence and commitment to deliver an unmatched quality experience at every touchpoint,” said Korfiatis. The Skytrax World Airline Awards are considered one of the most prestigious in the industry, with travellers across the globe taking part each year in the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey.

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Travelport’s NDC solution for Emirates allows agents to service NDC bookings, including modifications and cancellations

Travelport and Emirates have announced that NDC content from Emirates and enhanced NDC servicing capabilities are now available in the Travelport+ platform. With this, Travelport’s agency customers will be able to compare dynamic NDC offers and ancillaries from Emirates and create a more streamlined, personalized experience for travellers. Travelport’s complete NDC solution for Emirates also provides agents the ability to service NDC bookings, which includes modifications and cancellations.

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IndiGo announces additional flights between Jeddah and Mumbai

IndiGo has announced the launch of additional daily, non-stop flights between Mumbai and Jeddah, effective August 15, 2024. This strategic expansion caters to the growing demand for travel between India and the Middle East. The Mumbai-Jeddah route connects two vibrant cultural and economic hubs. Jeddah, the gateway to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, welcomes travellers seeking both spiritual fulfilment and rich cultural experiences. Mumbai, renowned for its iconic landmarks, offers a taste of India’s diverse heritage. This increased connectivity provides unparalleled convenience and flexibility for travellers. Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales, IndiGo, said, “We are pleased to announce additional daily flights connecting Mumbai and Jeddah. With these, we will now operate 42 weekly flights to Jeddah from 5 cities in India. These flights will not only enhance trade and tourism opportunities between India and the Middle East but also provide customers with even more options to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As India’s leading airline, we remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver an affordable, punctual, courteous, and hassle-free travel experience across an unparalleled network.”

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Akasa Air market share exceeds that of SpiceJet at 4.8% in May 2024, IndiGo largest among Indian airlines at 61.6%

Traffic data submitted by various domestic airlines to the DGCA has been analysed for the month of May 2024. It reveals that Akasa Air reflected a market share of 4.8% with 6.64 lakh pax, as against 4% of SpiceJet. Leading them all is IndiGo with a market share of 61.6% carrying a total of 85.04 lakh passengers in total during the month.

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