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  • President Ram Nath Kovind accepts resignations of Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chowdary; PM Modi to look after civil aviation Mar 09, 2018 11:55 AM IST

    President Ram Nath Kovind accepts resignations of Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chowdary; PM Modi to look after civil aviation

    The president, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignation of Raju and Chowdary from the Union council of ministers with immediate effect, he said.

  • Air India showing 'considerable improvement' in financial parameters: Ashok Gajapathi Raju Mar 06, 2018 07:32 PM IST

    Air India showing 'considerable improvement' in financial parameters: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

    The Civil Aviation Minister said that Air India has been showing "considerable improvement" in operational and financial parameters and posted an operating profit of Rs 298.03 crore in 2016-17.

  • FDI in Air India means no preferential treatment to it: Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Jan 10, 2018 07:40 PM IST

    FDI in Air India means no preferential treatment to it: Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju

    The Union Cabinet has decided to allow foreign investments, including from foreign airlines, to up to 49 percent in Air India, provided that substantial ownership and effective control of the airline is vested in an Indian national.

  • Govt doesn't want Air India to go Kingfisher Airlines way: Ashok Gajapathi Raju Dec 28, 2017 01:35 PM IST

    Govt doesn't want Air India to go Kingfisher Airlines way: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

    The government does not want anyone working in Air India to lose job, Raju said in the Lok Sabha, adding that the disinvestment process of the national carrier has been initiated.

  • In-principle approval for 19 greenfield airports given: Ashok Gajapathi Raju Dec 21, 2017 02:42 PM IST

    In-principle approval for 19 greenfield airports given: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

    Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the country's civil aviation sector was growing leaps and bounds but the safety of air passengers will never be compromised.

  • India's first no-fly list norms out, aims to make flying safer Sep 08, 2017 02:12 PM IST

    India's first no-fly list norms out, aims to make flying safer

    The no-fly list comes in the wake of several unruly incidents on airlines involving mainly Members of Parliament misbehaving with airline staff.

  • 'Local airlines likely to induct 384 planes by March 2020' Jul 26, 2017 08:40 AM IST

    'Local airlines likely to induct 384 planes by March 2020'

    Out of the total, budget carrier IndiGo is expected to add 136 aircraft while full service airline Vistara is likely to induct at least 5 planes during the period, as per details given by civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

  • Govt starts talks to furnish digital number to air travellers Jul 20, 2017 01:03 PM IST

    Govt starts talks to furnish digital number to air travellers

    Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the upgradation of technology for passenger facilitation was a continuous process.

  • Air India privatisation is unpatriotic, say former employees Jul 20, 2017 08:06 AM IST

    Air India privatisation is unpatriotic, say former employees

    The All India Airlines Retired Personnel Association (AIARPA), which has written the letter, represents nearly 11,000 former employees of Air India.

  • Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju orders probe into Vizag airport row Jun 16, 2017 10:58 AM IST

    Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju orders probe into Vizag airport row

    Reddy, who is from the same party as that of the minister, allegedly created a ruckus at Vizag airport yesterday after being denied boarding by IndiGo as he was late. While the MP was finally accommodated on the same flight, all the major domestic carriers including IndiGo later banned him from their flights.

  • Average airfares fall 18% last year, says Civil Aviation Minister May 31, 2017 07:57 AM IST

    Average airfares fall 18% last year, says Civil Aviation Minister

    Scheduled airlines carried more than 10 crore domestic passengers in the year ended March 2017, an increase of around 19 per cent compared to the same period a year ago.

  • Govt plans common IT platform for air cargo stakeholders May 04, 2017 03:03 PM IST

    Govt plans common IT platform for air cargo stakeholders

    The country's domestic air cargo sector has been growing at 7 per cent, while the international air cargo segment has been clipping at 12 per cent.

  • Air cargo sector to grow at 9%, says Ashok Gajapathi Raju May 04, 2017 12:47 PM IST

    Air cargo sector to grow at 9%, says Ashok Gajapathi Raju

    Noting that various initiatives are being taken in the aviation sector, Raju said the regional connectivity scheme would help in continued growth of the air cargo sector.

  • What is Air India chief's 'aukat' before us: Shiv Sena remains defiant on Gaikwad Apr 06, 2017 05:08 PM IST

    What is Air India chief's 'aukat' before us: Shiv Sena remains defiant on Gaikwad

  • Govt, airlines discuss UDAN, Delhi airport terminal issues Mar 28, 2017 10:37 PM IST

    Govt, airlines discuss UDAN, Delhi airport terminal issues

    Airlines today held detailed discussions with Civil Aviation Ministers and senior ministry officials about the regional connectivity scheme and issues pertaining to terminals for carriers at the Delhi airport.

  • Airbus to set up its first Asia training facility in Delhi Mar 17, 2017 12:59 PM IST

    Airbus to set up its first Asia training facility in Delhi

    Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the Airbus India Training Centre, which will be located close to the international airport here.

  • Govt gets Rs 1.15 cr towards regional air connectivity fund Mar 10, 2017 09:52 AM IST

    Govt gets Rs 1.15 cr towards regional air connectivity fund

    The ambitious Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports as well as make flying more affordable. It has also set up the RCS fund which would be utilised for providing viability gap funding to airlines participating in the scheme.

  • India's first heliport becomes operational in Delhi Feb 28, 2017 07:16 PM IST

    India's first heliport becomes operational in Delhi

    India's first dedicated heliport built at a cost of Rs 100 crore for flying in and out of Delhi to nearby areas in choppers became operational here today.

  • Dec air pax traffic up 24%, no impact of demonetisation: Raju Jan 18, 2017 09:16 AM IST

    Dec air pax traffic up 24%, no impact of demonetisation: Raju

    "Dec'16 betters the Nov'16 record of highest number of passengers in a month and records 23.9percent growth. No demonetisation slowdown," Raju, the Civil Aviation Minister tweeted.

  • Tremendous growth potential for domestic air cargo, says Raju Jan 01, 2017 05:24 PM IST

    Tremendous growth potential for domestic air cargo, says Raju

    There is tremendous potential for domestic air cargo growth but "somehow the jigsaw puzzle" was never pieced together, Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said as he rued that currently cargo is only a minuscule part of Indian aviation sector.

  • 'Something lagging' in AI staff commitment, says Raju Dec 25, 2016 03:00 PM IST

    'Something lagging' in AI staff commitment, says Raju

    While acknowledging that Air India, which turned operationally profitable last fiscal, has "done better", the minister emphasised on the need to ensure more cohesiveness at the national carrier.

  • COMMENT: How airlines gained during cash ban, and the cost they paid Dec 22, 2016 01:47 PM IST

    COMMENT: How airlines gained during cash ban, and the cost they paid

    While other sectors have been posting negative growth, airlines have posted their highest ever number in November. But growth has come at a cost

  • Restructuring Air India debt will make it perform better: Raju Dec 19, 2016 09:26 AM IST

    Restructuring Air India debt will make it perform better: Raju

    In an interview with BusinessLine, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that Air India is expected to perform better if its debt is restructured.

  • Aviation sector on upswing, says minister Raju Dec 17, 2016 03:32 PM IST

    Aviation sector on upswing, says minister Raju

    Emphasising that the domestic aviation sector is on the "upswing", Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said there has been an exceptional growth in recent years, but lack of timely capacity expansion at airports remains a cause of concern.

  • Govt has infused Rs 23,993 crore funds in Air India: Raju Dec 08, 2016 08:56 PM IST

    Govt has infused Rs 23,993 crore funds in Air India: Raju

    The government today said it has already infused funds to the tune of Rs 23,993 crore in the national flag carrier Air India from 2011-12 till November this year.

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