Category Archives: Aviation

Indian carriers told to skip Iranian airspace by DGCA

In a statement issued through its Twitter handle, Directorate General of Civil Aviation stated, “All India operators in consultation with DGCA have decided to avoid the affected part of Iranian air space to ensure safe travel for the passengers. They will re-route flights suitably.” As the majority of Pakistani airspace has remained closed for Indian airlines since the Balakot strike on February 26, the decision to avoid affected Iranian airspace on Saturday is going to further disturb the routes of their international flights towards middle-eastern and European countries, and the US. They will be rerouted and take more time to arrive or depart. However, Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said, “There will no substantial effect on Air India flights. Details are being worked out for rerouting on incoming flights.” While DGCA advisory does not bar Indian airlines from transiting Iran over-land, the latter are seeing if that also can be avoided. Airlines have indicated to the regulator fares of affected flights could see a rise by Rs 500. With rising oil prices due to the tension and higher fuel burn due to extra distance, operation costs are going to hurt airlines flying to Europe. The Etihad Airways has also suspended operations through the Iranian airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman

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Go Air ahead of other domestic carriers with 91.8% On time Performance (OTP)

Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) released its statistics for domestic carriers in the month of May 2019, according to which GoAir scored highest in terms of On Time Performance (OTP) with 91.8 per cent, which was followed by Air Asia at 89.1 per cent and IndiGo at 87.4 per cent respectively. Vistara was at the fourth spot with 86.6 per cent and SpiceJet at fifth with 74.4 per cent OTP. Air India was at the sixth spot with 70.3 per cent. The report revealed that domestic air passenger traffic increased by 2.96 per cent in May as compared to last year, after a significant slump in April, owing to Jet Airways ceasing its operations.

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Atlas Travels Online partners with OYO

Atlas Travels Online and OYO have come together to provide the hotel brand’s worldwide inventory on the Atlas Travels Online platform. Together, they will offer 10 per cent cash back on booking any OYO hotel on Atlas Travel Online portal This offer is valid for 30-days starting from June 25, 2019. The offer is extended only to Atlas Travel Online’s network of 20,000 travel partners. The two companies will conduct joint roadshows across the country to showcase the benefits of this promotion to the travel partners. Hussain Patel Director, Atlas Travels Online, says, “We have predominantly been known for our Air deals and offers, however in the past year we have experienced great momentum in our hotel booking segment. Almost 40 per cent of our business comes from hotel bookings and we have direct relationships with our suppliers. OYO is undoubtedly the largest and the fastest growing hotel chain and we are excited with our partnership as our travel partners have a great deal to benefit from.” With regards to the partnership, Gaurav Ajmera, COO, India and South Asia, OYO Hotels & Homes comments, “Our single-minded focus is to make standardised and trusted quality accommodation at affordable prices accessible to travelers across the globe. We are pleased to partner with Atlas Travel Online, a renowned travel portal, to extend our offering to the portal’s customers and together provide guests across geographies memorable travel experiences. We strongly believe that this partnership will be extremely beneficial for the modern day traveller.”

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Alitalia & Air Vistara sign SPA agreement, enhance connectivity from India

Alitalia & Air Vistara have entered into a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) that offers travellers more connectivity and schedules across India. Customers can now book Vistara flights from various destinations in India to New Delhi (DEL), in turn connecting to Rome (FCO) and onward on Alitalia network. The routes include flights between Delhi to Amritsar, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Goa, Pune and Kochi.

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Government to prepare fresh proposal for sale of Air India

The Finance Ministry is gearing up to come up with a fresh proposal for the sale of national carrier, Air India incorporating issues like crude oil prices and currency exchange rate volatility. The government had failed in its attempts to sale the assets of the airline last year. The proposal to be placed before Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM) will also include option of selling either 100 per cent stake in the airline or government’s 76 per cent stake in Air India. The AISAM, which is basically a Group of Ministers, generally constitutes the Finance Minister, Civil Aviation Minister and the Transport Minister. After the government failed to find any buyer for the debt-ridden carrier last year, it decided to infuse more funds into the airline and take steps to lower debt of Air India by selling its subsidiaries and non-core assets. The government has already asked Air India to finalise its accounts for 2018-19 by June 30.

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Northeast India to get its third international airport at Agartala

Agartala airport will soon become the third international airport in Northeast India, post completion of a Rs 438 crore project to upgrade it to international standards. The project is said to be completed by 2019-end or early 2020, with plans in place to begin flights between Agartala and Dhaka, as well as other Bangladesh cities. The state government has already provided 72 acres of land to AAI for construction of the new terminal building, runway, and other necessary infrastructure. Agartala airport is the second busiest in the northeast after Guwahati’s Bordoloi International, and handles, on an average, 900,000 passengers per year according to AAI officials.

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Domestic air passenger traffic rises by 3% in May after April dip: DGCA

According to statistics released by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), domestic air passenger traffic increased by 2.96 per cent in May as compared to last year, after a significant slump in April, owing to Jet Airways ceasing its operations. In April, domestic air passenger traffic dropped by 4.5 per cent over the same period last year. The domestic air traffic in May this year recorded 12.20 million passengers as compared to 11.85 million passengers in the same month last year, which translated into an increase of 2.96 per cent. IndiGo led with 49 per cent share of the domestic passenger market in May, followed by SpiceJet recording 14.8 per cent market share. The market share of Air India, GoAir, AirAsia and Vistara were 13.5 per cent, 11.1 per cent, 6.3 per cent and 4.7 per cent, respectively.

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