Category Archives: Aviation

Travelport reveals global trends in flight bookings ahead of Hajj 2019

Advanced flight bookings to airports around the holy city of Mecca ahead of this year’s Hajj have increased from Asia, Europe and Oceania, according to research by Travelport, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry. According to the analysis*, India (44,611) had the second highest number of bookings in the world, and the highest in Asia. As part of its study, Travelport analyzed bookings made through all global distribution systems (GDS) to King Abdulaziz International Airport, Ta’if Regional Airport and Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, as of Tuesday 21 July 2019, arriving from Tuesday 9 July 2019 to Thursday 8 August 2019. The company then ran comparable data for last year’s Hajj, so trends could be identified. According to Travelport’s analysis of available data*, Asia recorded the greatest growth in flight bookings made through GDS to airports around Mecca this year in terms of volume, with bookings up by 11,284 (+5%). On a country level, the greatest growth came from Bangladesh, with bookings up by +171% (13,906). The South Asian country is one of five (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia and Tunisia) benefiting from the Mecca Route initiative, a new service offering immigration pre-clearance for pilgrims at their points of embarkation.

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Delhi Airport to invest Rs 9,800 crore by 2022 in airport upgradation

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is going to invest Rs 9,800 crore by June 2022 to upgrade the existing Terminal 1, build a fourth runway and to increase the airport’s capacity to 100 million passengers. The airport in the capital city currently handles 66 million passengers. According to the proposed plan, the entire Terminal 1 apron would be demolished and a new and expanded apron would be constructed to provide higher capacity layout with parking stand for 82 aircraft. Besides, the arrival and departure terminal in T1 would be integrated under one roof. The progressive completion of T1apron would be from July 2020 to June 2022. “We have arranged for funds. We have already gone into international bonds, The airport expansion project cost is met through combination of three components –internal cash accruals, real estate monetisation and borrowings. This includes $350 million FCB, equivalent to Rs 2,425 crore, raised as part of expansion funding and internal cash accruals of Rs 3,000 crore,” told Prabhakar Rao, Deputy Managing Director, GMR Group- which handles the Delhi airport. The DIAL stated that L&T has been entrusted entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works of Phase 3A.

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Munich-Bengaluru on Lufthansa 5 times a week from March 2020

Lufthansa has announced a new flight on the Munich-Bengaluru route, which will connect Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru five times a week from Munich from 31 March, 2020. The aircraft to ply on the route will be A350-900 with a configuration of 48 seats in Business Class, 21 seats in Premium Economy Class and 224 in Economy Class. Lufthansa already operates a daily flight from Bengaluru to Frankfurt. The airline has also announced its plans to increase the capacity in the Business Class with a different seat configuration on its flights from Chennai and Bengaluru to Frankfurt from summer 2020. George Ettiyil, Senior Director Sales South Asia of the Lufthansa Group Airlines, said, “Bengaluru Airport connects India’s IT and tech hub, Bengaluru, but also many next tier cities from the rest of the South Indian Region. South India has a growing number of discerning travellers, who travel frequently abroad and increasingly demand a more premium travel experience whether for business or leisure purposes. We are confident that, with this expansion, Lufthansa is catering to the growing needs of this region to explore Europe for business but also leisure.” The flight will depart from Bengaluru on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 01:45 hours and would land in Munich at 07:30 hours. From Munich it will depart on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:55 hours and will arrive in Bengaluru at 00:05 hours the next day.

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Agra to be connected to key hubs like Varanasi, Bhopal, Jaipur and Lucknow

Addressing in Lok Sabha, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri gave an assurance that the tourism industry’s long-pending demand for air connectivity between the Taj city and major destinations would soon be addressed. He said airlines are ready with plans to start flights connecting Agra with Varanasi, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Mumbai, Lucknow, Delhi and Jaipur. The Minister announced that four of these flights will begin in December. Source: IANS

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Incheon to Delhi daily on Korean Air from September

Starting from September, Korean Air will increase the frequency of direct passenger flights between Delhi and Incheon, Korea, from five days a week to daily. Korean Air uses a 218-seater A330-200 on its Delhi route. The airline currently operates direct passenger flights from both Delhi and Mumbai to Incheon. The Mumbai-Incheon route is operated three days a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday). Korean Air also offers flights to various Japanese cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya, most efficiently for those travelling to Japan from Delhi. The Delhi-Incheon flights arrive early in the morning, and flights from Incheon to Japan are scheduled throughout the day.

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684 int’l & 929 domestic weekly flights make Kerala best-connected: MoCA

In a recent update by Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, MP’s from Kerala conducted a meeting recently and discussed issues regarding air capacity and frequency in the state. He says, “In the meeting it turns out that with 684 international flights offering nearly 1.4 lakh seats and 929 domestic flights with about 1.6 lakh seats every week, Kerala is amongst our best connected states.”

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Travelport unveils Next Generation Storefront to offer multiple airline fares at one place

Travelport announced that it is actively working with multiple airlines and partners to offer Next Generation Storefront (NGS) capability. NGS is an industry initiative to enable travel agencies to display airfares just like airlines show their branded fares on their own websites. Developed by industry body ATPCO, it aims to deliver a richer and more informed shopping experience for travellers. The storefront allows users to compare and choose between multiple branded fare offers and across different airlines’ flights – all on one screen. Industry partners working with Travelport to pioneer NGS development are WhereTo, an online booking tool, and Travel Technology & Solutions (TTS), a global leading player in the development of innovative solutions for the travel and tourism industry. Travelport pioneered such innovation when it launched Rich Content and Branding in 2014. More than 270 airlines now benefit from this solution which provides travel agencies the brand and ancillary data they need to help travellers make informed decisions other than just the price. Travelport is in a leading position to provide travel agencies with information on ancillary products and other available options to deliver NGS. As the ATPCO standards continue to evolve, Travelport will facilitate exact comparisons across airlines’ full range of products, whether for online agencies, corporate booking tools or Travelport’s own travel agency desktop solution, Smartpoint. The new displays will show different branded categories such as Basic Economy, Standard Economy and Economy Plus in a single display alongside one another, enabling users to select their preferred branded offer for each leg of their journey. Sandeep Dwivedi, Chief Operating Officer at InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ) commented, “ITQ through Travelport has always strived hard to provide the best travel …

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Hotel rates in India expected to rise by 7% in 2020, airfares forecast up 5%: CWT

According to the sixth annual Global Travel Forecast, published by CWT and GBTA, India’s strong economic growth is fuelling a greater demand for business travel and driving up prices. Airfares are forecast to increase 5% (in local currency terms; 0% in USD terms), while hotel rates and ground transport prices are expected to climb 6.8% (1.8% in USD terms) and 4.5% (-0.5% in USD terms), respectively. While the global economy is doing well overall – and expected to grow a solid 3.6% in 2020 – a raft of uncertainties are set to put a damper on pricing. “Earlier this year we saw a spike in airfares after Jet Airways ceased its operations in April, so we’re already at a high base in 2019,” said Vishal Sinha, CEO, India, CWT. “With other airlines adding capacity to fill the vacuum, fares have begun to normalize and we expect that to continue next year. However, if the rupee weakens against the dollar, Indian carriers could be faced with bigger fuel bills and we might see that being passed on to travelers.” “Hotel rates are also expected to rise, as the demand for rooms outpaces supply, especially in secondary cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. At the same time, the commercialization of mid-tier properties by players like Oyo are also pushing prices upwards.”

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India handled 29 million passengers in Jun-2019, traffic up by 4%: AAI

According to a recent report by Airports Authority of India, all operational airports handled 210.84 thousand aircraft movements and 28.93 million passengers, during the month of June 2019.  Out of this, 5.63 million were international movements and 23.30 were domestic passengers. While, the growth in international passenger movement from last year during the same month was 2.7 per cent, domestic passenger market witnessed 4.6 per cent growth.

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India to become world’s 3rd largest air transport market by mid-2020: IATA

The latest IATA Economics Chart of the Week states that with favourable forecasts in income per capita and population, there has been continued development in India’s air transport where the market appears positive, despite the recent disruption. “This is consistent with our long-term passenger forecast which expects the growth in India to propel it to the world’s 3rd largest air transport market by the mid-2020s,” says report.

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