Category Archives: Aviation

We need to bring aviation turbine fuel under GST : Hardeep Singh Puri

Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister (I/C), Civil Aviation, said that the civil aviation industry has ushered in a new era of expansion, driven by factors such as Low Cost Carriers (LCC’s), modern airports, FDI in domestic airlines, advanced IT, and our growing emphasis on regional connectivity. Speaking at ‘WINGS INDIA 2020’ in Hyderabad today, Shri  Hardeep Singh Puri said, “We are at a point where we need to bring aviation turbine fuel under GST and by and large there is acknowledgement from across states to make it happen.” He further added that the current situation arising out of Corona Virus is a challenge, especially for the civil aviation sector. “It is personally being monitored and directed by the Prime Minister and his office. Within hours of the first evidence becoming available we had started screening passengers coming in from 12 most affected countries. We then increased it to include screening of passengers coming in from any country across the world. Our airports constitute a benchmark for how airports should be running across the globe, specially the 30 airports where proper screening is already in place. We have screened 10,876 flights coming in from across the globe that include 11,71,061 passengers, 3,225 of these passengers required further screening. I am sure that once people get the right perspective, know where we are, look at the recovering numbers, we will not only overcome this challenge, but will see robust vibrant growth in the civil aviation sector.”

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IndiGo: Message from the CEO

In a recent mailer of IndiGo airlines, the airline has- “Here at IndiGo, the safety and health of our passengers, and of our employees, has always been our highest priority. I wanted to help you understand everything we’re doing as an airline to make sure that the risk for everyone in our care is minimised, and that you can continue to rely on us to help you reach your destinations safely and in good health, while also helping to contain the spread of COVID-19. At every stage of your journey with IndiGo, we’re taking every measure possible to ensure compliance with the best advice from medical authorities and the government. The ground staff you meet at our international terminals – at check-in counters and boarding gates – will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate for their role. This gear may include masks, gloves, and shoe covers which are appropriately disposed of at regular intervals. The crew on all aircraft are following personal protective measures as well. Crew members aboard international flights wear PPE – as a mandate – that is changed every 8 hours. And because this disease is most easily transmitted through surfaces, each and every aircraft is cleansed with cleaning agents and disinfectants that are approved by the WHO and Airbus. Areas that are most often touched – tray tables, arm rests, overhead nozzles, lavatories, galleys – are paid particular attention to. On all international flights, we use a disinfectant used to sterilise surgical equipment in hospitals, to clean the cabin and cockpit. This is followed by a thorough fumigation.We have especially taken note of aircraft that have arrived from affected areas and have disinfected each one …

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Ethiopian Airlines updates health advisory on COVID-19

Ethiopian Airlines has updated health advisory on COVID-19. Rebooking policy: Change fees are not applicable to tickets issued anytime for travel from March 1 2020 onwards till June 30. If there is a difference in airfare o applicable taxes, due to the reissue or rerouting of the ticket, the additional amount will need to be collected. Customers can change the booking to travel on or before December 31, 2020. Refund Policy: Full refund is authorised for travel dates, between March 1 and 30 June 2020. Refund can also be made free of charge by issuing a voucher of equal amount to be used within one year or issue. If voucher latter required to be refunded to cash, it can fully be refunded to cash, it can be fully refunded till 31 Dec 2020. Tour code for all above waivers: HDQ409B Rerouting Policy’ Rerouting is permitted applying the applicable differences in fares, fees and taxes.  

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SriLankan Airlines update on travel waiver policy

Due to outbreak of COVID-19 situation, tickets issued on SriLankan Airlines will be eligible for one free date change as per the condition below: Tickets issued on or before March 31 2020. Ticketed to travel for any date. Irrespective of cabin /journey type/fare type/fully utilised or partially utilised . Fare difference may apply Ticket endorsement” PR006/26JAN20″ All date or flight changes to be finalized by 31st May 2020. No-show fees shall apply for tickets with the suspended coupon status if pax do not attend to travel, inform pax to cancel reservation as early as possible. Cancellation/refund Refund is permitted with the applicable charges (Please refer the fare rule)

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Virgin Atlantic’s Commercial Policy Bulletin

Commercial Policy Bulletin by Virgin Atlantic states below: Eligibility only for passengers with an original ticket issue date from 04 March 2020 to 31 March 2020 inclusive Original Travel Date                                    Affected Destination   04 March 2020 – 30 September 2020        VS issued tickets from/to/through All Destinations when travelling on a VS/VS* Flight Number Permitted Travel Period Travel can be rebooked 03 March 2020 – 30 September 2020 Applies to VS and VS* tickets issued between 04 March 2020 and 31 March 2020 inclusive To assist VS/VS* passengers impacted by the global health concerns of the Coronavirus Future Travel Rebooking Options: 1. This policy entitles passengers to one change with the change fee waived only 2. This policy applies regardless of the flexibility of the ticket – for example where a booking is made in Light, this policy will grant one change with the change fee waived, even if typically the booking would be non-changeable 3. When rebooked travel occurs on or before 30 September 2020 the change fee will be waived if ticket is reissued on or before 30 September 2020, though fare difference will apply on the new itinerary, regardless of booking class. If the new quoted fare is lower than the current ticketed fare no refund will be applied 4. No refunds are permitted as part of this policy Class to Class Rebook: Rebooked flights must be in the same booking class that the customer was originally booked in. Example: Customer originally booked in T, new itinerary must be booked in T. Rebooking to JV partners is allowed Class …

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Kenya Airways suspends Nairobi-Mumbai route

Following the implementation of Visa restrictions by India government due to the Corona virus outbreak, Kenya Airways has cancelled flights between Nairobi and Mumbai with schedule change between March 17 and April 15. FOR WHOLLY UN-UTILISED TICKETS Full refund is allowed for KQ210/KQ211 only for travel dated March 17- April 15 2. Refund application should be submitted on or before March 31 2020. 3. endorsement while refunding: Cancellation of KQ(Flight NBR)/ Date FUTURE ITINERARY CHANGES Customers can change to a flight of equal or lesser value with no change fee . If the new fare is of lesser value, there is no refund or residual of the fare difference. If the new ticket is a higher fare, the customer only pays the fare difference

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Japan Airlines postpones launch to Bengaluru in response to the coronavirus

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Company today announced the decision to postpone the launch of service to Bengaluru, scheduled to start during the summer schedule of 2020. Note 1 – Customers holding a reservation will be contacted by a company representative. Note 2 – Launch date will be determined based on the status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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LOT Polish Airlines releases their updated cancellation policy and current flying schedule

LOT Polish Airlines has released its updated advisory on 13.3.2020. It reads as below: “With regard to the spread of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, we would like to inform you that LOT has initiated a number of measures to mitigate the negative impact of this situation on the company’s operations. The safety of passengers and employees does remain our utmost priority. While planning our current flight operations, we follow up on Member States’ guidance on country-specific travel regulations. Due to the current situation and lower demand in travelling in certain directions, we have made decisions regarding selected medium and long-haul routes: Flights from Warsaw to Milan and Venice – remain suspended until 3rd April; Flights from Budapest to Seoul – remain suspended until 8th April; Flights from Warsaw to Beijing – remain suspended until 25th April; Single frequencies of flights to Tel Aviv from Warsaw and Polish regional ports – will be limited until 24th April; Flights from Warsaw and Budapest to London-City; from Cracow to Bucharest; and from Warsaw to Zaporozhia – will be suspended in the coming days until 24th April; The launch of the route from Warsaw to Ostrava – will be postponed to 1st September; Additionally: the frequencies of flights on selected medium and long-haul routes will be limited – until 24th April; Flights to the USA: We are monitoring the situation and adapting our route network to the decision of the American authorities to suspend air traffic between Europe and the USA. Our teams are currently working on solutions adapted to the new regulations and our transport capacity. LOT’s passengers and employees are our highest priority. We will keep you posted on the operational decisions taken. Passengers are being informed about all changes in …

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