Category Archives: Aviation

Fly daily to Hyderabad, Kochi and Goa from Mysuru on Alliance Air from 19 July

Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India is set to launch its daily direct operations under UDAN scheme Hyderabad, Kochi and Goa from Mysuru. Commuters have the option of travelling from Hyderabad to Mysuru and returning the same day with onward options of Kochi, Bengaluru and Goa from Mysuru. All flights will operate with a 70-seater ATR-72 in view of the short runway of the Mysuru airport (1740 metres) which cannot support larger aircraft at the moment. Mysuru Airport Director, Manjunath, says, “Talks are under way for flights from Mysuru to Belagavi and Shirdi as well and may become a reality in due course.”

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Vistara’s first international flight to Singapore starts from Delhi on Aug 6

Vistara has launched its international operations with its maiden flights to Singapore from Delhi and Mumbai. The full service carrier owned by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines will commence two daily flights to the South Asian nation, one each from Delhi and Mumbai from August 6 and 7, respectively. Bookings for flights to Singapore are now being opened progressively on all channels. The airline will fly its With increasing demand and available war chest for rapid expansion, starting for Rs. 21,877 for the economy class and Rs. 76, 890 for the business class for the flight from Delhi, while the fare starts from Rs 20,778 for the economy class and Rs 63,331 for the business class from Mumbai. Speaking on the launch, Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “We present to the world today a shining new symbol of warm Indian hospitality with a contemporary approach and world-class service. We’re excited to start with Singapore as our first international destination, which we see as a very important market, given the opportunities it presents for corporate, business as well as leisure travel. As we soon take the ‘new feeling of flying’ to more international destinations, we hope to provide our customers from overseas the finest way to experience India, and inspire travellers from across India to explore more of the world.” Flight no UK115 from Delhi starting August 6 will depart to Singapore at 23:45 and reach its destination by 08:15 hours (+1), while, flight UK116 will fly back to Delhi from Singapore at 09:30 hours (+1) and land the IGI International airport at 12:45 hours on August 7. Similarly, flight UK 105 from Mumbai will fly to Singapore on …

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GMR signs agreements for Rs 8000 cr investment by Tata & others in airports biz

GMR Infrastructure has announced it has executed definitive agreements for the proposed investment of Rs 8,000 crore by Tata Group, an affiliate of GIC and SSG Capital Management in its Airports Business. The proposed investment of Rs 8,000 crore will consist of Rs. 1,000 crore equity infusion in GAL, and Rs. 7,000 crore towards purchase of GAL’s equity shares from GIL and its Subsidiaries. GMR will now focus on potential restructuring of the business by way of a demerger of its Energy, Highways, Urban Infrastructure and Transportation businesses, leading to separation of its Airport Business, subject to customary consents including corporate & regulatory approvals.

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France to introduce eco-tax of upto €18 per ticket on flights leaving the country from 2020

France will introduce a new charge on plane tickets from next year, with revenue used to fund environment-friendly alternatives, informs the country’s transport minister- Elisabeth Borne. She says, “The “ecotax” costing between 1.50 euros ($1.7) and 18 euros ($20) will apply to most flights departing from France.” The only exceptions will be for domestic flights to Corsica and France’s overseas territories, and connecting flights that pass through France. It will not apply to flights arriving in France. Air France has strongly disapproved of this announcement. According to a recent statement by Air France- “This new tax would significantly penalise Air France’s competitiveness, at a time where the company needs to strengthen its investment capacity to more rapidly reduce its environmental footprint, notably as part of its fleet renewal policy. This measure would be extremely penalising for Air France, of which 50% of its flights are operated out of France, and notably for its domestic network, where losses amounted to above 180 million euros in 2018. In addition, last month, the government had ruled out taxation at national level due to the unfair competition that this would cause.” The statement further reads- “The government’s decision is all the more incomprehensible as this new air transport tax would reportedly finance competitive modes of transport including road transportation and not the energy transition in the air transport sector. Such a transition could have been facilitated by supporting the implementation of sustainable biofuel industries or disruptive innovations. The Air France group is committed alongside all the industry players to reducing its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050, in accordance with the Paris climate agreement objectives. Air France has been contributing to the European Union’s …

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Air France-KLM to increase 25% seats between India & Europe this winter

Air France-KLM will increase its passenger-carrying capacity between India and Europe by more than 25 per cent from this winter, a senior executive of the airline said. Jean-Noel Rault, the General Manager (Indian sub-continent), Air France-KLM, said,”If you ask about the commitment of Air France-KLM to the Indian market, as of winter, on the yearly basis, it would be over a million seats to India. Currently, we are over 800,000 seats. It would be over 25 per cent increase.” Similarly, Air France is also planning to increase its frequency on Delhi-Paris route from five to seven during the winter season this year. Source: PTI

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SriLankan to start Colombo-Ahmedabad & Colombo-Calicut route from 2020

SriLankan Airlines will enhance connectivity to India with new flights to Ahmedabad and Calicut. The operations will began 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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Aviation Ministry’s budget allocation reduced by 115%, gets Rs 4,500 crore for this fiscal

The Aviation Ministry has been allocated Rs 4,500 crore in the Budget for the current financial year, which is 115 per cent less than Rs 9,700 crore that was given to it during 2018-19 fiscal. According to Budget documents released on Friday, the Centre has allocated Rs 480 crore for regional connectivity scheme UDAN, under which the “proposal is for revival of 50 airports and Viability Gap funding for North East Connectivity”. In 2018-19, the UDAN scheme was given Rs 441 crore. The Centre has allocated just Rs 1 lakh in 2019-20 for the “turnaround plan for Air India”, as compared to Rs 3,975 crore that was given to the national carrier in the last financial year, as per the documents. Source: PTI

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Air India to suspend Delhi-HK-Osaka service from 17 Sept

In a recent update, Air India has suspended its operations from Delhi to Osaka, Kansai International Airport via Hong Kong. At present, there are three weekly flights from New Delhi to Osaka via Hong Kong- Friday, Monday and Wednesday and Boeing 787 Dreamliner is deployed on this route. Despite this move by Air India, Japanese airlines like ANA and JAL are planning to expand their Indian operations. ANA is planning direct daily on Tokyo-Chennai route from this October and JAL will start its daily to Bengaluru from Tokyo from 2020.

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India domestic air traffic rises again in May after April fall: IATA

The recently released global passenger traffic results for May by The International Air Transport Association (IATA), revealed that after a fall in domestic RPKs in April (down 2.0 per cent YoY), following the demise of Jet Airways, growth in the India market rebounded sharply in May, with RPKs now an even 6.0 per cent higher than a year ago. While it will take some time for the market to adjust to the recent shock, the longer-term outlook for domestic India traffic remains positive.

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