Category Archives: Aviation

UDAN adds 8 more routes

Giving further fillip to Regional Connectivity in the country, 8 more routes became functional under UDAN. These routes include Mysore-Hyderabad, Hyderabad-Mysore, Goa- Mysore, Mysore-Goa, Cochin-Mysore, Mysore-Cochin, Kolkata-Shillong. Shillong-Kolkata. With this, the total UDAN  routes Operational as on date increased to 194 routes.  

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Goa’s 2nd international airport, Mopa, delayed by a year; to be commissioned in 2021

Due to a Supreme Court order, construction of Goa’s Mopa Airport is expected to be commissioned in 2021. Developed jointly by the Goa government and GMR, the greenfield airport is planned in North Goa district and is expected to handle 30 million passenger traffic when it is fully operational. The first phase of the airport was expected to be completed in 2020. However, the Supreme Court had stopped work on-site after a petition alleged that thousands of trees were being illegally cut at the airport site by the developers. (Source: IANS)

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Miranda Mills to take charge as GoAir COO from August

Low-cost carrier GoAir has appointed Miranda Mills as its Chief Operating Officer, effective August. The former Airbus executive will report to Jeh Wadia, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Mills, an aeronautical engineer from University of Glasgow, spent 16 years with Airbus where she played several leading roles including Global Sales & Marketing Director and Sales Vice President for the commercial aircraft division for South Asia. She was also Chief Digital Officer & Director, Transformation – Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce. For some time now, the Mumbai-headquartered LCC GoAir, which operates 285 daily flights connecting 24 domestic cities and four international destinations, had unfilled posts at the helm.

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Chennai-Tokyo Narita on ANA from 27 October

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will connect Tokyo Narita International Airport and Chennai International Airport from October 27 on Boeing 787-8 aircraft. This expansion will bring ANA’s number of total cities serviced to 46. This will be ANA’s third route offering service to India, along with flights from Narita to Mumbai and Delhi. “It is always exciting to add a new destination, but it is even more significant to be the only carrier offering connecting this growing region with Japan,” said Seiichi Takahashi, Senior Vice President of ANA.      

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Air India increases check-in baggage limit by 10 kgs for UAE-bound passengers

Passengers travelling to the UAE on Air India flights can now carry 10 kgs more in their check-in luggage as the airline has, with immediate effect, increased the baggage allowance from 30 kgs to 40 kgs. The move is in line with the increasing demand by the travel community for an enhanced baggage allowance on the route. The allowance for hand-baggage, however, continues to be the same at 7 kgs. “As demanded by the people, Air India will allow passengers to carry 40 kgs as luggage in the check-in besides the usual 7 kgs that the traveller carries as hand baggage,” said Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India.

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Govt launches website to help Jet Airways staff find jobs with other private airlines

To facilitate employment for Jet Airways’ staff, the government will launch a dedicated web portal. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister, Civil Aviation, informed that a website would be launched listing staff of Jet Airways and help find employment in other private entities, while addressing the Rajya Sabha on the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019. “Every employee would be listed there and the prospects for their re-employment or employment will be facilitated by the government,” he said.  The Minister, however, said that government cannot assume responsibility for a business failure conducted by a private party. Referring to Jet Airways, Puri said he was sensitive to (business) failure and willing to see what can be done within the governmental system to cushion that failure.

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8 more airlines join Hahn Air’s network

Hahn Air has announced the addition of eight new airlines into its global network of more than 350 air, rail and shuttle companies in the second quarter of 2019. With the new additions, the total number of new partners for this year becomes 22. According to a statement by Hahn Air, six of the newly integrated partners are expanding their distribution reach by using the Hahn Air product HR-169 and thereby making their flights available to travel agents on the Hahn Air HR-169 ticket. The following airlines can now be issued under their own two-letter-codes in selected GDSs: Air Greenland (GL), Air North (4N) from Canada, Cyprus Airways (CY), the Chinese carrier Donghai Airlines (DZ), the Russian airline Nordwind Airlines (N4) and MyWay Airlines (ML) from Georgia. In addition, Neos Airlines (NO) from Italy and Lao Skyway (LK) from Laos became new H1-Air partners of Hahn Air’s sister company Hahn Air Systems. Their flights can therefore be booked by 100.000 travel agents in 190 markets in all major GDSs under the designator H1 and be issued on the HR-169 ticket. Steve Knackstedt, Vice President of the Airline Business Group at Hahn Air, said, “We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our ticketing business this year. Our partner portfolio has grown from five to more than 350 partners since 1999 and we have continuously developed our distribution services. Today, we offer airlines of any size and any business model tailor-made solutions for all their distribution needs. By forming an HR-169 agreement with Hahn Air, airlines that have already at least one GDS agreement in place can unlock secondary markets for indirect ticket sales. Airlines without GDS connections can outsource their complete …

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Indore airport’s first international flight takes off for Dubai

Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport in Indore gets its first international flight to Dubai on Air India on July 15. Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India, has informed that the nonstop flight will be operating a 162-seater A320 Neo aircraft, which will fly directly to Dubai on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and would return from Dubai on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. There will be 150 economy and 12 business class seats in the aircraft. The starting fares are Rs 18,700 (return fare) on economy and the return fare for the business class will be Rs 42,000. Lohani said, “Air India will launch the first international flight from Indore to Dubai. The non-stop flight will fulfill a long-standing desire from the travel fraternity and tourists for direct connectivity to the Gulf.”

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Indian aviation to impact GDP by 9% in 2040

CAPA’s report titled, ‘Indian Civil Aviation—The USD250 billion Investment Opportunity’, stated that the investments and economic impact growth of Civil Aviation is estimated to continue to outperform GDP growth through 2040. The industry’s economic impact is estimated to have increased from less than 1 per cent of GDP in 2003 to almost 7 per cent of GDP in 2018. It is projected to increase to almost 9 per cent of GDP, or USD1.1 trillion by 2040. The report states that civil aviation has a multiplier effect on the economy through direct, indirect, induced impact. The comprehensive scale and potential of the industry is yet to be covered in totality which prompted.

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