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  • Airlines caught in double whammy as passenger count drops below 2 lakh mark Apr 14, 2021 01:24 PM IST

    Airlines caught in double whammy as passenger count drops below 2 lakh mark

    Is it the virus or is it the expensive floor price? It could well be a mix of both. With the govt making it clear that the cap on capacity for airlines will be increased only when the numbers cross 3.5 lakh per day - three times a month, it’s going to be tougher days ahead for carriers.

  • Vande Bharat Mission and Air Bubbles: The twain do meet Apr 12, 2021 03:32 PM IST

    Vande Bharat Mission and Air Bubbles: The twain do meet

    While much has been achieved, a closer look at the numbers and destinations of flights listed under the Vande Bharat Mission shows that many of the destinations are in fact part of air bubbles. Such a mismatch makes one wonder if the Vande Bharat Mission passenger count is indeed is as high as the lakhs announced by the government

  • Airlines pull some Boeing 737 MAX jets after production snag Apr 10, 2021 11:16 AM IST

    Airlines pull some Boeing 737 MAX jets after production snag

    Shares in Boeing fell around 1.4 percent as most analysts told investors the issue was unlikely to cause lengthy disruption.

  • Domestic passenger traffic slips to 10-year low in pandemic-hit FY21 Apr 06, 2021 07:54 PM IST

    Domestic passenger traffic slips to 10-year low in pandemic-hit FY21

    During the financial year 2010-11, all domestic air operators together had flown a total of 53.8 million passengers on local routes, according to ratings agency ICRA.

  • Udan Upshot: 36 of 108 airports to have single airline operator Apr 02, 2021 02:02 PM IST

    Udan Upshot: 36 of 108 airports to have single airline operator

    Alliance Air, a unit of Air India, leads the charge of keeping previously underserved routes on the aviation map. IndiGo, SpiceJet and Truejet too will enjoy monopoly in some airports.

  • SpiceJet inks MoU with Avenue Capital for financing, acquisition of up to 50 aircraft Mar 31, 2021 11:58 AM IST

    SpiceJet inks MoU with Avenue Capital for financing, acquisition of up to 50 aircraft

    The MoU sets out the conditions on which New York-based Avenue Capital will assist SpiceJet with its new aircraft portfolio, SpiceJet said in a statement.

  • DGCA approves 18,843 flights per week for summer schedule Mar 30, 2021 06:43 PM IST

    DGCA approves 18,843 flights per week for summer schedule

    The aviation regulator has also asked all airports to increase their surveillance and to ensure COVID-19 protocols are being adhered to as it believes the compliance at some airports is not satisfactory.

  • Summer schedule of airlines: Despite COVID restrictions, more airports to get busy Mar 30, 2021 05:00 PM IST

    Summer schedule of airlines: Despite COVID restrictions, more airports to get busy

    Sunday marked the beginning of the Northern Summer Schedule 2021 -- the longer of the two IATA schedules. In India, 108 airports will become active if all operations start as planned. Puducherry, Nanded and Bhatinda lose connectivity this season.

  • SpiceJet's Ajay Singh partners with Ankur Bhatia to bid for Air India: Report Mar 26, 2021 09:54 AM IST

    SpiceJet's Ajay Singh partners with Ankur Bhatia to bid for Air India: Report

    SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh and Bird Group promoter Ankur Bhatia have expressed interest in buying Air India, the debt-laden national carrier.

  • One year of lockdown: Domestic aviation sector on recovery path, hiccups due to pandemic remain Mar 24, 2021 04:02 PM IST

    One year of lockdown: Domestic aviation sector on recovery path, hiccups due to pandemic remain

    The lockdown and pandemic-related travel restrictions badly hit the Indian airlines. Revenues of major Indian scheduled carriers fell from Rs 46,711 crore during April-September 2019 to about Rs 11,810 crore during the same period in 2020, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the Rajya Sabha last month.

  • Analysis | What would it take for airlines to carry 3.5 lakh passengers a day? Mar 22, 2021 06:06 PM IST

    Analysis | What would it take for airlines to carry 3.5 lakh passengers a day?

    The aviation minister has said the government may allow 100% operations if daily airline passenger traffic crosses the 3.5 lakh mark a month. That seems a tall order given the tepid demand so far in March. Still, there is a chance that airlines could hit the target.

  • Boeing begins 'return to service' work on five 737 Max that were part of Jet Airways's fleet: Report Mar 22, 2021 10:06 AM IST

    Boeing begins 'return to service' work on five 737 Max that were part of Jet Airways's fleet: Report

    The Boeing 737 Max has been barred from flying in India since March 2019 after two fatal plane crashes.

  • Regional airline Star Air beats bigger peers IndiGo, SpiceJet on passenger load Mar 18, 2021 02:38 PM IST

    Regional airline Star Air beats bigger peers IndiGo, SpiceJet on passenger load

    While the small airline may not be strictly comparable to its much larger peers, the development reiterates the shift towards regional connectivity in Indian aviation

  • Former Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube plans to start a domestic airline in 2021 Mar 18, 2021 09:48 AM IST

    Former Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube plans to start a domestic airline in 2021

    Dube has held discussions with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation as well as the civil aviation ministry.

  • India's domestic air traffic down 36.71% YoY at 7.8 million passengers in February Mar 17, 2021 08:54 PM IST

    India's domestic air traffic down 36.71% YoY at 7.8 million passengers in February

    Cumulatively, a total of 155.61 lakh passengers travelled through domestic air routes in the last two months, lower than 251.50 lakh in January-February 2020.

  • ICRA on aviation: Expect 37% YoY drop in February domestic air traffic, credit outlook negative Mar 12, 2021 02:37 PM IST

    ICRA on aviation: Expect 37% YoY drop in February domestic air traffic, credit outlook negative

    Domestic air traffic in February 2021 saw marginal improvement when compared with January.

  • IndiGo, SpiceJet & GoAir had on-time performance of 93.7%, 76.9% and 72.8% in January: Hardeep Singh Puri Mar 10, 2021 05:53 PM IST

    IndiGo, SpiceJet & GoAir had on-time performance of 93.7%, 76.9% and 72.8% in January: Hardeep Singh Puri

    IndiGo’s OTP was highest among the three airlines in November and December last year too, stated data presented by Hardeep Singh Puri in his written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

  • COVID-19 was an opportunity to drive regional air connectivity, says Joint Secretary Usha Padhee Mar 10, 2021 04:29 PM IST

    COVID-19 was an opportunity to drive regional air connectivity, says Joint Secretary Usha Padhee

    While many of the airports in smaller towns have reported passenger traffic higher than pre-COVID-19 levels, passenger loads on UDAN routes are at 80 percent. Now the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee said in an interview with Moneycontrol, will soon start a 'special round of bidding' for UDAN routes.

  • Airline industry pushes US to standardize health papers Mar 10, 2021 11:46 AM IST

    Airline industry pushes US to standardize health papers

    Various groups and countries are working on developing so-called vaccine passports aimed at allowing more travel. But airlines fear that a smattering of regional credentials will cause confusion and none will be widely accepted.

  • Pilots, cabin crew won't fly for 48 hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine, says DGCA Mar 09, 2021 02:40 PM IST

    Pilots, cabin crew won't fly for 48 hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine, says DGCA

    If, after 48 hours, the pilot experiences any symptoms, he or she will be reviewed by the treating physician or his or her authorized medical attendant, the DGCA said.

  • What Jet Airways really needs to soar again Mar 09, 2021 12:48 PM IST

    What Jet Airways really needs to soar again

    The Murari Lal Jalan-Kalrock Capital alliance won the bid to get Jet Airways back in the skie. But finding a suitor is just one of the many hurdles which the airline has to cross.

  • Five domestic airlines to resume operations from Mumbai airport T1 on March 10 Mar 09, 2021 09:06 AM IST

    Five domestic airlines to resume operations from Mumbai airport T1 on March 10

    Resumption of services from T1 will help maintain social distancing measures, uphold passenger safety, and ensure a seamless transit, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport said in a statement

  • Why Vistara's decision to induct mono-class aircraft a double-edged sword Mar 07, 2021 04:38 PM IST

    Why Vistara's decision to induct mono-class aircraft a double-edged sword

    While it is worth investing in multiple fleet types so that the right aircraft can be deployed on the right market, the critical thing here is the timing.

  • AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes says flying taxi business to launch in 2022 Mar 07, 2021 09:10 AM IST

    AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes says flying taxi business to launch in 2022

    Fernandes also announced the airlines’ partnership with state-run Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre for an urban drone delivery service.

  • A passage to India: Here’s how Indian MROs could end up servicing the world’s aircraft Mar 05, 2021 11:12 AM IST

    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.

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