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  • New COVID-19 variant | Govt postpones resumption of scheduled international flights; air bubbles to continue Dec 01, 2021 03:27 PM IST

    New COVID-19 variant | Govt postpones resumption of scheduled international flights; air bubbles to continue

    The decision to postpone the resumption of scheduled international air services comes five days after the Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced that such flights would resume from December 15, after a gap of around 20 months.

  • International flight operations expected to return to normal soon, says Aviation Ministry official Nov 24, 2021 02:53 PM IST

    International flight operations expected to return to normal soon, says Aviation Ministry official

    Aviation Ministry Secretary Rajiv Bansal also noted that efforts are underway to hand over all operations of Air India by December-end to Tata group.

  • IndiGo resumes inflight meal services after over a year Nov 17, 2021 09:55 PM IST

    IndiGo resumes inflight meal services after over a year

    Effective November 19, 2021, all IndiGo customers will be able to buy food and beverage on board as well as pre-book their choice of food.

  • Govt eases Covid curbs, permits meal services on all domestic flights Nov 16, 2021 08:45 PM IST

    Govt eases Covid curbs, permits meal services on all domestic flights

    The aviation ministry has also allowed the carriers to provide magazines and newspapers to passengers on board.

  • Air India's shareholders approve transfer of four subsidiaries to Air India Assets Holding Oct 27, 2021 04:26 PM IST

    Air India's shareholders approve transfer of four subsidiaries to Air India Assets Holding

    The shareholders of Air India have approved the transfer of Air India Air Transport Services Ltd., Airline Allied Services Ltd, which runs Alliance Air, Air India Engineering Services Ltd, and Hotel Corporation of India to AIAHL.

  • Rs 1,57,339,00,00,000: Taxpayer’s bill for Air India 2010-21 Oct 13, 2021 01:34 PM IST

    Rs 1,57,339,00,00,000: Taxpayer’s bill for Air India 2010-21

    The amount realisable from Air India’s residual assets following the handover of the airline to the Tatas is unlikely to be higher than their book value, according to experts

  • Govt removes restrictions on domestic flight capacity from October 18 Oct 12, 2021 04:00 PM IST

    Govt removes restrictions on domestic flight capacity from October 18

    Currently, the government permits domestic carriers to operate at 85 percent of their pre-pandemic capacities.

  • Air India's Rajiv Bansal assumes charge as Civil Aviation Secretary Oct 01, 2021 03:08 PM IST

    Air India's Rajiv Bansal assumes charge as Civil Aviation Secretary

    Rajiv Bansal replaced former Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola, who retired on September 30, 2021.

  • PM Modi reviews projects worth Rs 50,000 crore at 'Pragati' meeting Sep 29, 2021 07:45 PM IST

    PM Modi reviews projects worth Rs 50,000 crore at 'Pragati' meeting

    'Pragati' is an ICT-based multi-modal platform for pro-active governance and a timely implementation of projects, involving the Centre and the state governments.

  • Air India chief Rajiv Bansal appointed Civil Aviation Secretary Sep 22, 2021 03:45 PM IST

    Air India chief Rajiv Bansal appointed Civil Aviation Secretary

    Bansal, 1988-batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre, would assume the charge on September 30, following the conclusion of term of the incumbent Civil Aviation Secretary, Pradeep Singh Kharola.

  • Air travellers in pre-COVID mode as pandemic fears ebb; industry seeks end of govt curbs Sep 06, 2021 08:19 PM IST

    Air travellers in pre-COVID mode as pandemic fears ebb; industry seeks end of govt curbs

    Industry experts and airline executives say the government should ease curbs on pricing and capacity utilisation to align its approach with market realities.

  • Jyotiraditya Scindia asks chief ministers of five states to strengthen aviation infrastructure Aug 26, 2021 09:26 PM IST

    Jyotiraditya Scindia asks chief ministers of five states to strengthen aviation infrastructure

    The civil aviation minister also asked the chief ministers of Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat to deposit Rs 7.55 crore, Rs 1.44 crore and Rs 47 lakh, respectively, with the Regional Air Connectivity Fund Trust.

  • Aviation ministry passes Drone Rules, 2021 to ensure ease of using drones in India Aug 26, 2021 12:05 PM IST

    Aviation ministry passes Drone Rules, 2021 to ensure ease of using drones in India

    The government had announced the new drone rules on July 15 and invited comments from stakeholders and the industry were lauded by stakeholders for simplifying procedures and reducing the compliance burden

  • Aviation Ministry hikes domestic flight capacity to 72.5% from 65% Aug 13, 2021 02:22 PM IST

    Aviation Ministry hikes domestic flight capacity to 72.5% from 65%

    Domestic passenger traffic grew around 43 percent during the first 12 days of August 2021, compared to the first 12 days of July 2021.

  • Schedule and fares of Vande Bharat, air bubble flights to/from US and Canada Aug 11, 2021 06:24 PM IST

    Schedule and fares of Vande Bharat, air bubble flights to/from US and Canada

    Flight update: Evacuation flights and air bubble flights to and from Indian cities.

  • International flights update: DGCA asks passengers to check airfares on airline's website Aug 10, 2021 11:23 AM IST

    International flights update: DGCA asks passengers to check airfares on airline's website

    The DGCA advisory on international flights follows media reports that airfares on the India-UK route have skyrocketed after the latter moved India to the 'amber' list of countries for travel from 'red'.

  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s latest aviation bet: A fresh, frugal, low-cost airline Jul 29, 2021 04:46 PM IST

    Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s latest aviation bet: A fresh, frugal, low-cost airline

    Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has said he will launch an airline that will have up to 70 planes within four years. The billionaire is considering investing $35 million in Akasa Air, and would own 40 percent of the airline, he told Bloomberg Television on July 28. He plans to rope in Aditya Ghosh, the former president of IndiGo as co-founder, The Economic Times reported. Former chief of Jet Airways also is expected to come on board. It’s not the first time the Big Bull of Dalal Street is betting on the Indian aviation space. Find out why he thinks it’s an attractive investment avenue.

  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala plans 70 planes for new airline, expects Aviation Ministry's NOC in 15 days Jul 28, 2021 03:10 PM IST

    Rakesh Jhunjhunwala plans 70 planes for new airline, expects Aviation Ministry's NOC in 15 days

    Nearly 40 percent of stake in the new airline, to be named Akasa Air, is expected to be owned by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. He is considering to invest $35 million in the venture, despite the aviation sector entering into a period of gloom since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Foreign travel bookings rise for end-July, August as restrictions ease Jul 12, 2021 06:01 PM IST

    Foreign travel bookings rise for end-July, August as restrictions ease

    The travel trade expects a shortfall in international flights from India to Southeast Asian countries in August because of the rising demand for these destinations.

  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala to back new low-cost airline, may own upto 40 percent stake: Report Jul 12, 2021 12:26 PM IST

    Rakesh Jhunjhunwala to back new low-cost airline, may own upto 40 percent stake: Report

    The airline, which Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is expected to invest in, is tentatively named 'Akasa' meaning the sky and is waiting on a no-objection certificate from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

  • India's domestic air passenger traffic rose 41% sequentially in June: ICRA Jul 06, 2021 03:52 PM IST

    India's domestic air passenger traffic rose 41% sequentially in June: ICRA

    On a sequential basis, the number of departures in June 2021 were higher by 14-15 percent, as COVID-19 infections demonstrated a downward trajectory, the rating agency said in its report.

  • Airlines can operate only 50% of pre-COVID domestic flights from June 1: Govt May 28, 2021 10:48 PM IST

    Airlines can operate only 50% of pre-COVID domestic flights from June 1: Govt

    The decision has been taken “in view of the sudden surge in the number of active COVID-19 cases across the country, decrease in passenger traffic and passenger load factor (occupancy rate)”, the civil aviation ministry said in an order.

  • COVID-19 second wave | Crisis in Indian aviation sector at 'point of no return': CAPA May 23, 2021 10:05 PM IST

    COVID-19 second wave | Crisis in Indian aviation sector at 'point of no return': CAPA

    "Failure to reduce the distress - and to do so within days, not longer - will result in irreparable damage to jobs and the sector as a whole," CAPA India said.

  • Jet Airways resolution process: MoCA, DGCA say no deemed approvals for slots Mar 04, 2021 07:46 PM IST

    Jet Airways resolution process: MoCA, DGCA say no deemed approvals for slots

    Jet Airways shuttered operations in April 2019 after running out of cash and is currently a resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

  • 74.3% passengers refunded Rs 3,200 crore for lockdown-induced flight cancellations: Govt Dec 11, 2020 10:15 PM IST

    74.3% passengers refunded Rs 3,200 crore for lockdown-induced flight cancellations: Govt

    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had said the airlines should make all endeavours to refund the passengers belonging to the second category within 15 days.

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