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Now pay more to pre-book a window or aisle seat on an airline

May 13, 2015 at 10:41 | Source: FirstPost

If you're travelling by Indigo -- you have to pay more if you pre-book a window or an aisle seat. Pre-booking a seat in the first two rows or near emergency exits in the 12th and 13th rows in an IndiGo flight will cost passengers more with the airlin...

Air India may add 4-5 new European destinations, opt for bigger aircraft

May 07, 2015 at 16:46 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi:Air India may start flying to four or five new destinations in Europe and is also looking at thepossibility of getting six Boeing 787-900 aircraft which are more spacious than the current B 787-800 in its fleet.It is obvious that Air India ...

Govt should avoid being over prescriptive, let market forces prevail: Vistara CEO

May 04, 2015 at 13:22 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: As the Government dithers over abolishing the archaic 5/20 rule which puts Indian airlines at a distinct disadvantage over their foreign counterparts, here is one of the more sensible reactions by a stakeholder.VistaraCEO Phee Teik Yeoh sa...

Really now? Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport judged world's best

May 04, 2015 at 12:18 | Source: FirstPost

NEW DELHI: Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been adjudged the world's best airport for the year 2014, under the category of handling 25 to 40 million passengers per annum, officials said on Saturday.Airports Council Internationa...

SpiceJet discount offer: Travel with 7 kg hand baggage and fly for Rs 999

Apr 27, 2015 at 15:41 | Source: FirstPost

So India is finally coming around to the practice held dear by budget airlines across the world - each piece of checked in luggage could be charged extra on a flight. And there could be incentives in terms of lower fares for those passengers who pref...

SpiceJet discount offer: Travel with 7 kg hand baggage and fly for just Rs 999

Apr 27, 2015 at 11:21 | Source: FirstPost

So India is finally coming around to the practice held dear by budget airlines across the world - each piece of checked in luggage could be charged extra on a flight. And there could be incentives in terms of lower fares for those passengers who pref...

Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo operate additional flights to Nepal, take relief material free of cost

Apr 26, 2015 at 12:24 | Source: FirstPost

National carrier Air India and private carriers SpiceJet and IndiGo have not only resumed services to Nepal from Sunday but have also decided to operate additional flights and carry relief material to the quake-hit country free of cost.The regular sc...

Air traffic rose by 20% in quarter, less occupancy in March

Apr 24, 2015 at 21:56 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: India's air passenger traffic rose by an impressive 20.57 percent in the March quarter over the same period a year ago. However, the carriers filled less number of seats inMarch against February, according to the data released by the DGCA....

Airlines are slashing ticket prices but cancellation charges are up 50-100%

Apr 10, 2015 at 11:55 | Source: FirstPost

Airlines in India, especially budget carriers, have once again been slashing ticket prices ahead of the lean season but some have raised cancellation prices by 50%-100%.Earlier this week, budget carrier IndiGo began offering air tickets starting from...

Airlines unhappy with draft cabinet note on new flying norms, see no big change

Apr 09, 2015 at 15:06 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has begun inter-ministerial consultations on the new flying norms by circulating a draft cabinet note. These new norms seek to dismantle the 5/20 norms, they also seek to tighten the screws for airlines unwil...

IndiGo annouces bonus for pilots, cabin crew

Apr 08, 2015 at 14:53 | Source: FirstPost

India's most profitable budget carrier IndiGo Airlines has announced a bonus of five percent for its pilots and cabin crew of. This bonus, which would be the fifth in a row, will be five percent of their annual salary. According to a Business Stand...

IndiGo pushes back delivery of two leased Airbus A320

Apr 05, 2015 at 15:11 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: No-frills airline IndiGo has pushed back the delivery of two leased Airbus A320 to the third week of this month.As part of a subleasing agreement with Singapore-based budget airline Tiger Air last year, the Gurgaon-based carrier had to tak...

Air India needs to retain local flavour, international flights bleeding it dry

Apr 03, 2015 at 11:41 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Air India's international operations are bleeding it dry. Though Air India is the longest serving legacy Indian carrier flying to marquee destinations abroad, its domestic operations are earning far better. At least the latest numbers say ...

AirAsia India, Vistara's international plans may run into turbulence with new govt policy

Apr 01, 2015 at 08:40 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: The big daddies of Indian aviation industry remain united in opposing any move to remove the 5/20 rule. Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir besides Air India hold firm in their view that new airlines, Vistara and AirAsia India, should ...

Newly-launched Vistara cancelled more flights than any other domestic carrier in Feb

Mar 27, 2015 at 16:29 | Source: FirstPost

The newly-launched Tata-SIA joint venture carrier Vistara cancelled more flights than any othe domestic carrier in February, says DGCA data.The third full service carrier after national airline Air India and Jet Airways, Vistara also operated over 40...

IPO buzz: IndiGo may be planning to raise around Rs 2500 cr by May-end

Mar 27, 2015 at 14:32 | Source: FirstPost

India's biggest carrier, IndiGo, is preparing to file documents for a stock listing to raise $300 ( Rs 1,900 crore) to $400 million ( Rs 2500 croree), two sources with knowledge of the plans said, as it looks to cash in on a booming air travel market...

Vistara seeks to improve aircraft loads as network expands

Mar 26, 2015 at 20:22 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Vistara doubled the number of passengers carried and managed to fill more seats on its aircraft in February than in January. But it still flew with almost four in 10 empty seats last month. Compare this with the incumbents. IndiGo, Jet Air...

Lifting 5/20: Why barring new airlines from Gulf routes is bad protectionism

Mar 18, 2015 at 19:27 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: The ridiculous 5/20 rule which places restrictions on new airlines for flying abroad is being lifted. But the government wants to protect existing airlines and has quietly inserted a proposal which bars new carriers from international flig...

No takers: Air India fails to get a single applicant as it tries to hire new captains

Mar 12, 2015 at 16:41 | Source: FirstPost

Just a week after the Air India pilots union Indian Commercial Pilots Association asked its members not to operate flights with commanders ( captains) which the airline proposes to hire on contract, the national carrier's plan to recruit captainsdire...

DGCA comes across 39 safety norms violation cases this year

Mar 09, 2015 at 16:39 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Thirty nine cases of safety norms violations involving six airlines have been detected by the DGCA so far this year and necessary action has been initiated in this regard, the government said today.Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi R...

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