A passage to India: Here’s how Indian MROs could end up servicing the world’s aircraft
The aircraft maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) industry is labour-intensive and requires skilled technicians. Like Information Technology, where India has become the back-office of the world, certain tweaks in taxation could see aircraft fly to India for MRO visits.
With 14 operational airports soon, UP is set to become India’s highest flying state
The top 20 urban areas by population would have an airfield within two hours driving distance, an unparalleled feat achieved by the Yogi government
Why are Tier II and III cities seeing such a surge in air traffic?
While the government has limited the capacity of flights, the cap does not apply on routes that are operated under the RCS–UDAN scheme. Tier II and III cities are also more reliant on SMEs and MSMEs for economic activity and unlike the city-based services sector, WFH is not so prevalent in these segments
Why a full revival of air travel will be delayed further
The government’s decision to cap capacity at 80 percent until the end of March means that industry numbers won’t rise to pre-COVID levels even if all flights are full.
Aviation: The winners and losers among Indian airlines in 2020
Vistara had the best passenger numbers, while cash-heavy IndiGo navigated the crisis with caution. AirIndia Express and Go Air were the worst off
What the fare cap and capacity limit extension mean for airlines, explained
The government has extended the cap on airline capacity until the end of March. A look at the airlines that will be affected and those that won’t mind.
Why the muted air-passenger traffic growth in January wasn't all that bad
While the numbers for January are just 60 percent of what they were last January, this is the best performance for the month when it comes to traffic numbers in January over December, in a clear indication that the steady rise in traffic is continuing
Silver lining in IndiGo earnings: Airline now seventh biggest worldwide by capacity
India’s largest airline has expanded on international routes over the last two years in a manner that no other carrier from the country has before.
What lies ahead for Tata Group, Vistara and AirAsia India?
Will AirAsia India be merged with Vistara? Will such a decision depend on the outcome of the privatisation of Air India? There are many challenges that await the salt-to-software conglomerate’s aviation business. But the good thing is that it ended 2021 on a good note, increasing market share, and girding up for the battles ahead
Airline flash sales are back: Why IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara launched discounted tickets now
Hint: Aviation ministry’s fare restrictions.
Analysis: What to make of IndiGo's 7-airport strategy
The airline will be launching flights to Leh and Darbhanga in February, Kurnool and Agra in March, Bareilly and Durgapur in April and Rajkot in May.
In vaccine transport, a pain point emerges—poor airport infra at pharma hubs
The airport at Pune, where the Serum Institute is based, is undergoing runway resurfacing. Pharma clusters around Bengaluru and Chennai are serviced from respective airports but the rest have one challenge or the other.
How Indian aviation clawed its way back inch by inch after being grounded
Traffic recovery continues to outperform initial expectations with the highest passenger traffic recorded at over 60 percent and highest departures recorded at 71 percent. The numbers may look lower, but a recovery does look firmly in sight since the country has gone back only seven years by passenger numbers, while aviation has seen a setback of nearly two decades globally.
How AirAsia’s India dream came crashing down as Tata Sons ups stake
Tata Sons will increase its stake in AirAsia India from 51 percent to 83.67 percent, reducing AirAsia Group’s shareholding to just 16.33percent.
2021 vision: What will change for Indian aviation?
If Covid is conquered and normalcy returns, the sector should see a lot of action, from the Air India and airport privatisation, to the Tatas’ interests in the sector, to Jet Airways trying a phoenix act. What could be in store in the year ahead? Read on to find out
GMR vs Adani: Forget India’s airline battles; who will win the airport battle?
A comparison of traffic in the last financial year shows that GMR’s airports or cities handle 34.13 percent of international traffic and 29.27 percent of domestic traffic, whereas the Adani group’s airports have handled 32.86 percent of international traffic and 25.55 percent of domestic traffic. Upcoming airports and expansions will determine who ultimately is at the top of the pecking order
Explained | What India’s ban on UK flights means for passengers and airlines
Air India, Vistara, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate 21 flights between Delhi and London Heathrow and 12 between Mumbai and London. What do the new restrictions mean for the booming aviation market?
Goa flights are again packed ahead of New Year
With Covid cases on the decline and vaccines visible on the horizon, confidence in air travel is back. Goa is leading the charge, with people flying in from all over the country. Next Sunday alone, there are 13 flights between Delhi and Goa and 15 from Mumbai. There are 12 flights between Bengaluru and Goa and 7 between Hyderabad and Goa. Hotel rooms, too, are selling out fast
Fleet-footed IndiGo now has the same number of aircraft as the AirAsia group
IndiGo had a fleet count of 97 aircraft at the close of Calendar Year 2015, while AirAsia group had 194 aircraft across all its subsidiaries. Five years on, IndiGo has added a staggering 185 aircraft, while AirAsia group has grown only by 88, giving both airlines 282 aircraft
Analysis: UDAN yet to truly take off as several routes remain non-operational
The regional connectivity scheme, which envisions connecting Bharat to India, has no doubt helped people travel. But as with many other government schemes, the last thrust to make it a total success is lacking
Where will 100 new airports come up by 2024?
There are 53 urban clusters in the country that have a population of a million plus. But there are very few among them that do not have access to air transport. There definitely is scope, but the approach may need to involve having a mix of heliports and seaplanes as well
India-US non-stop flights: Air India steals a march over United Airlines with launch of Bengaluru-San Francisco flight
With the Indo-US air-bubble arrangement not allowing connecting traffic, non-stops have become very lucrative for Air India and United Airlines, with European and West Asian airlines locked out. The game of one-upmanship between Air India and United is now getting intense with Air India announcing the launch of non-stop flights between Bengaluru and San Francisco. United’s current foray between the two IT hubs is on hold due to the raging pandemic.
Air traffic continues its slow but steady rise. So, where’s everyone flying?
Increased trade and economic activity have meant traffic is rising, led by MSMEs and individual traders, with Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) also chipping in. Read on to find out which routes are popular
IndiGo’s investment in A321s is giving, well, flying returns
While IndiGo's decision to adopt the A321neo and the move away from its single-fleet strategy had raised quite a few eyebrows, the current pandemic is showing how an effective fleet strategy can help deployment.
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