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22 flights from Delhi on Thai Airways from 8 June

With effect from 8 June 2019, Delhi will have 22 flights to Bangkok and beyond weekly. THAI offers four flights option from Delhi to Bangkok on Saturdays and four flights option from Bangkok to Delhi on Fridays. Triple daily service continues for remaining days of the week from Delhi. Additional early morning flight is open for booking on websites and GDS. At present the airline has 21 flights operational from New Delhi to Bangkok. Schedule for New Flight: FLIGHT NO. ORIGIN ETD DESTINATION ETA DAY TG335 BKK 2125 DEL 0025+1 5 TG336 DEL 0155 BKK 0750 6

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AAI signs an agreement with NTrust Infotech–Anarock Consortium for best use of land

In order to make asset documentation a robust and real time process, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed an agreement with NTrust Infotech – Anarock Consortium for asset rationalisation, lease administration and related services on pan-India basis through cutting edge Lease Administration Technology. S. Suresh, Member (Finance), AAI says that this pact will help AAI in rationalising its assets thus by making use of best potential of land and properties and making asset documentation a robust and real time process. The agreement is signed for a period of 3 years. Anil Gupta, Executive Director (Land Management & Business Development), Airports Authority of India informed that by engaging NTrust Infotech – Anarock Consortium who are the global industry leaders, specializing in delivery of technology enabled services, will help AAI who is managing 129 airports all across the country in identifying best potential of land asset which in turn will improve revenue stream for AAI. This will also result in bringing transparency, better management control and monitoring of costs for AAI. AAI is committed towards upgrading itself continuously with best in class system technology and knowledge for streamlining day to day operations bringing higher efficiency and transparency.

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MoCA’s Additional Secretary will now also be in charge of DGCA

Arun Kumar, a member of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) cadre, has been given the additional charge of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Kumar, currently holds the position of an additional secretary at the aviation ministry and will succeed B S Bhullar. Kumar will hold his new position that comes into effect from 31 May’for three months’ or ’till an incumbent is selected’, the aviation ministry said in a statement. Source: Livemint

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SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh elected to IATA’s Board of Governors

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, has been elected to the Board of International Air Transport Association (IATA) at its annual general meeting held on June 2 in Seoul, South Korea. The new Board will be chaired by Carsten Spohr, Chief Executive Officer, Lufthansa Group, for a one-year term. Other Board members include Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO, Air Canada; Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas; and Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. In March this year, SpiceJet made headlines when it became the first Indian low-cost carrier to take membership of IATA, which represents close to 290 airlines comprising 82 per cent of global air traffic and plays a key role in the formulation of global aviation policies.

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Hardeep Singh Puri gets appointed as Minister of Civil Aviation

Former IFS officer Hardeep Singh Puri has been given the independent charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry in the new Modi government. He has been appointed as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Civil Aviation. He was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban in the previous government. He contested the recent Lok Sabha polls from Amritsar seat in Punjab and lost the election. He is also a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh. A career diplomat, Puri joined BJP in 2014, In his career spanning 39 years as an IFS officer, he served in senior positions at the Ministries of External Affairs and Defence, held ambassadorial level posts in the United Kingdom, Brazil and served as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations both in Geneva and New York. He had earlier served in India’s Missions in Tokyo, and Colombo. Born on 15 February, 1952, Puri did BA (Hons) History from Hindu College, University of Delhi and was placed first in order of merit in 1971. He completed his MA (History) in 1973.  

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Aadhar Card not valid for travelling to Nepal

In a recent mailer, Nepal Airlines has announced that Aadhar Card is not a valid document to travel to Nepal. It is mandatory to put contact number, email is of guest/agent and passport details or voter ID card number. Failing which, agent will not be entitled in case of any delays and cancellations of flights. The mailer also clarifies that no show with Aadhar Card, will not be entitled for any refund in any tickets.

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Indore airport gets ‘international’ status

The Home Ministry has given its approval to Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport to set up an immigration counter- providing it the status of an international airport. This will enable the airport to commence direct international flight operations from the city. “The central government has designated Indore airport as an authorised immigration check post for entry and exit from Indore with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers. It certainly is a moment of joy and pride for all of us. We have waited for so long to get this clearance,” explained Aryama Sanyal, Airport Director, Indore Airport to Times of India. The airport would now be called Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport. It facilitates round the clock operations and was given its World Standardization Certificate by the UK. Reportedly, the first international flight from the city will be started by Air India to Sharjah in next two weeks.

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After adding 100th aircraft, SpiceJet to add 8 more from Jet’s grounded fleet

After adding 100th aircraft to its fleet recently, Spice Jet is planning to add eight more Boeing planes in the next two weeks that were withdrawn from grounded Jet Airways’s fleet by lessors. “In the next fortnight, we expect to add another eight Boeing 737 (Next Generation) NG which were being operated by Jet Airways. We didn’t incur any additional capex on these aircraft,” said Kiran Koteshwar, CFO, SpiceJet in an interview to Mint. The 30 Boeing 737 NG planes that were earlier operated by Jet Airways are being added to SpiceJet’s fleet on short-term leases, with a maximum lease tenure of 24 months, added Koteshwar. The airline’s current fleet consists of 68 Boeing 737 (including 13 Boeing 737 Max planes), 30 Bombardier Q-400s and two B737 freighters.

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MOT to work out of Air India’s overseas offices?

Air India, which is running in losses currently, may reportedly join hands with the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) for a working partnership overseas, under which tourist offices at around eight overseas destinations would shift to Air India offices. Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and MOT are in discussions for the partnership, as part of the cost restructuring by the MOT, under which it will require to shut offices at prime tourist destinations, like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, Tokyo, Sydney and Milan. As part of the arrangement, India Tourism will pay rent to Air India along with a nominal amount for the service rendered by the Air India staff. Last year, MOT, which had 15 overseas offices, was asked by the government to reduce the number of offices in two-three years and shift operations to the embassies in those cities. Th shifting to embassies part has been in debate owing to security concerns and scepticism over manpower.

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Pakistan’s airspace ban till 15 June, Air India incurs Rs 5-7 crore daily loss

Pakistan on Wednesday extended the ban on use of its airspace from May 30 to June 15. Air India is witnessing a daily loss of Rs 5-7 crore as its flights towards Europe and U.S. are forced to take a longer route as well as make a stop en route for refuelling. The earlier NOTAM issued by Pakistan’s civil aviation authority was until 3.30 p. m. on May 30 and this has been pushed to 5.30 a.m. on June 15, a senior official of the Ministry of Civil Aviation confirmed. Source: The Hindu

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