Category Archives: Aviation

Bidding begins for operating seaplanes in Andaman islands

A Home Ministry official told PTI that the civil work has been completed at Diglipur airport on the northern tip of Andamans, air operations by Andaman Airways are set to commence from June 2019. Additional airfields are being explored at Car Nicobar, Campbell Bay and in Port Blair, for a second airstrip. Port Blair has already been declared as an authorised immigration check post for entry into or exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers. Paving the way for “Ease of Tourism”, as many as 30 islands have been exempted from the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) regime, the official said. Four tourism-based projects have been developed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Requests for Qualification (RfQ) have been floated for projects in Long Islands, Smith Islands and Aves Islands while Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance has also been obtained for these four projects including at Neil Island. Key sectors identified for the holistic development of Andaman and Nicobar islands include infrastructure, tourism, green energy and skill development. To begin with, five Islands — Avis, Long, Little Andaman, Smith and Ross — have been identified for the project and another 12 islands will be added later. Improvement of connectivity has been given the top priority to promote tourism. (Source: PTI)

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Delhi Airport becomes 12th busiest airport in the world: Airports Council International

Moving up four places from the 16th spot in 2017, The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi is now ranked the 12th busiest airport in the world, according to the preliminary world airport traffic rankings for 2018 released by Airports Council International (ACI). Overtaking major transit hubs like Frankfurt, Dallas Forth Worth, Guangzhou and Istanbul Ataturk airport in the ranking, IGIA was also ranked among the fastest growing among the top 20 airports. Witnessing a growth of 10.2 per cent in number of combined passengers carried in comparison to 2018, The Delhi airport served 6.9 crore domestic and international flyers in 2018. ACI, the global representative of the world’s airports said  “India became the world’s third-largest aviation market in terms of passenger throughput, behind the US and China, in 2018. India’s move towards a more liberalised aviation market and the nation’s strengthening economic fundamentals have helped it become one of the fastest-growing markets with its traffic growing rapidly in a relatively short time.”

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Domestic aviation grows at 7 per cent from January-February YoY: DGCA

 Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-February 2019 were 238.56 lakhs as against 222.09 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year, according to a latest report by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The passenger load factor in February 2019 has shown increasing trend primarily due to airlines offering promotional fares resulting in increased demand. Domestic air traffic has grown by 7.42 per cent from January-February YoY.

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Amadeus-ICM Airport Technics partnership to transform airport passenger experience

Amadeus has agreed to acquire ICM Airport Technics, a global leader in passenger automation and self-service bag drop solutions for airports and airlines, for an undisclosed sum. Following this deal, Amadeus is now in a stronger position in this sector to drive future growth. Amadeus’ airport customers will now be able to enhance and improve their existing services to passengers whilst continuing to ensure passenger safety and security. ICM, headquartered in Sydney, specialises in the provision of passenger automation and self-service bag drop solutions for customers principally in APAC and Europe. Bruno Spada, Head of Airport IT, Amadeus says, “Often the passenger experience in airports is not a good one – long queues to check bags in and disparate services and technologies that do not always speak to each other. In essence, airports are crying out for open self-service solutions to help take the friction and hassle out of the airport experience for passengers. By combining Amadeus’ and ICM’s software and hardware capabilities, by accelerating and introducing more self-service options, and by using the power of biometrics, this deal announced today will ensure that together we can deliver better journeys for passengers in the future.” Richard Dinkelmann, CEO, ICM says, “By combining ICM’s market-leading self-service and passenger processing solutions with Amadeus’ global reach and complementary product offering, we are now in a unique position to offer even better technical solutions to our airline and airport customers.  We are excited about the future, as we share similar values such as strong innovation, reliability, and an uncompromising commitment to improving airport efficiency as well as passenger safety and security.” As part of the acquisition, approximately 150 ICM employees are expected to join Amadeus. ICM …

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Japan Airlines and Travelport to form joint venture to operate GDS for Japanese agents

Japan Airlines and Travelport have agreed to form a joint venture to take ownership of Travelport Japan K K (Travelport Japan) and JAL’s 100 per cent owned subsidiary, Axess International Network. Under the unified Travelport Axess brand, the joint venture will operate a Global Distribution System (GDS) tailored to the needs of the Japanese travel industry. The proposed joint venture, which will operate under the brand name Travelport Axess, will combine Axess’ expertise in Japan and Travelport’s global technology leadership. Yoriyuki Kashiwagi, Executive Officer of International Passenger Sales, Japan Airlines, said, “We believe that the future of travel will be transformed by technological innovation. I am confident that Travelport Axess will be able to help Japanese travel agents to respond to growing global demands by offering services based on state-of-the-art technology.” Travelport Axess will continue to offer travel agents services through Axess’ GDS platform, and enable access to Travelport’s GDS platforms, Apollo and Galileo. The proposed joint venture will provide online, mobile and corporate travel propositions including global booking and expense management tools as well as access to New Distribution Capability (NDC) content, offering Japanese travel agencies and their customers the best of locally developed products with best-in-class global connectivity and capabilities. Gordon Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Travelport, commented, “This announcement and our ongoing partnership with Japan Airlines is a significant advance in the provision of state-of-the-art technology for the Japanese travel industry.” Under the planned agreement, Travelport will hold a majority stake in Travelport Axess, with JAL controlling the remaining stake and playing an active role in the joint venture. Following the signing of a definitive agreement between Travelport and JAL, the new joint venture is expected to …

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After Turkey, IndiGo to fly to China, Vietnam, England, Myanmar & Saudi Arabia

Launching its flight on the Delhi-Istanbul sector, IndiGo has announced to use its expanding fleet of A320neo and A321neo aircraft to connect more Indian cities to China, Vietnam, England, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia. William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We are looking very seriously into other points in South East Asia, notably the obvious ones of Vietnam and Myanmar. We also want to operate shortly to Saudi Arabia on the west side. We are seriously interested in getting in China as soon as we can. We are still selecting precise destinations.” The airline plans to add 125 A321neo aircraft in its fleet over number of years. In 2019, it will receive 20-25 of these aircraft from Airbus, he said. While Delhi-Istanbul flight is being operated in A321neo aircraft having 222 seats, Boulter clarified that the flights to China would be based on A320neos. The Delhi-Istanbul flight plans to connect 20 forward destinations using the codeshare pact that was signed between India’s largest airline and Turkish Airlines on December 21 last year. Codeshare pact allows passengers to travel on a single ticket on flights operated by the partner carrier. Source: PTI

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Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to become one entity

Singapore Airlines is all set to merge Silk Air into the parent airline by 2022, and would eventually scale back all Silk Air services in the next three years. The move is being made to remain profitable in line with increasing competition with Chinese and Middle Eastern airlines. The aircraft under SilkAir would undergo the required refurbishments to match the quality and product offerings of Singapore Airlines. This three year transformation programme is designed to boost revenue and trim back costs.

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Hindon Airport will start commercial flight operations from April-end

The new civil terminal at Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently is likely to start operations by April-end. Hindon Airbase is located at a distance of 40 kms from Indira Gandhi International Airport. Hindon Airport has been developed for the operation of RCS flights at the cost of Rs. 40 Crores. This Civil Enclave will be connected to Jamnagar, Shimla, Kalaburgi, Kannur, Faizabad, Nasik, Hubli and Pithoragarh under RCS – UDAN. The development of new civil enclave at Hindon Airport will take the load off from Delhi`s IGI Airport and will also serve the passengers from Delhi NCR and Uttar Pradesh. Development of Civil Enclave at Airforce Station Hindon has been planned for the operation of RCS flights in two parcels of land measuring 5.6 acres for Civil Enclave and 4.8 acres for construction of approach road from Sikandarpur Marg. Airport Infrastructure has been developed by AAI and the approach road has been constructed by Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. A terminal building has been constructed on an area of 5425sqm. With 8 check-in Counters, the terminal building will be able to handle 300 passengers during peak hours.

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