SpiceJet is facing a slew of issues that has seen its operations, pilots and crew members come under pressure. The end to the turbulence in the low-cost airline is nowhere in sight.
Unexpected events like the COVID-19 pandemic, and the collapse of Kingfisher and Jet Airways, have seen aviation personnel in India unwilling to fight for raises and lesser work.
Akasa Air also plans to start a new flight on the Ahmedabad-Bengaluru route from October 7
The company says it has been advised to wait for the new ATF pricing mechanism to kick in before firming up IPO plans. The new mechanism is expected to help airlines predict ATF price movements based on international prices and help them be better prepared in case global crude prices rise.
Despite the recovery in passenger traffic, the rating agency expects the industry to report a loss between Rs 150-170 billion in 2022-23 due to high ATF prices and a depreciating rupee.
Aviation experts said that the new prices reflect the competitive landscape present in India and the fact that all airlines in India have reduced prices is a very positive sign for the industry going forward.
Most airlines in India are in talks with oil marketing companies including Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, and Indian Oil Corporation and will sign supply agreements with OMCs by October.
Schnellmann said that the airport will be operational by October 2024 and while the majority of the traffic the airport will cater to will be domestic, he was hopeful that airlines will also start operating international short-haul flights from Noida airport soon after its launch.
Air India is seeking to take advantage of an expected increase in passenger traffic due to the FIFA World Cup tournament that will take place in November-December in Doha.
Adam Harry, a transgender person from Kerala, is getting closer to his dream of becoming a pilot, but has a long way to go.
The DGCA has also asked airlines to take strict action against passengers who do not comply with the directions.
Akasa will continue to grow its fleet by adding one new aircraft every two weeks, CEO Dube said
The partnership will allow Jetstar customers in Singapore and Southeast Asia to book low-cost direct flights and connections to India
The parties have agreed to settle all their disputes under and related to the aircraft lease agreements for 3 aircraft. The agreement, the terms of which are confidential, ends all litigation proceedings between the parties.
India's aviation regulator DGCA has asked airport operators to implement a habitat management programme to reduce the number of hazardous wildlife, perform risk assessment procedures and record bird activity around airports.
The government had in June started discussions with airlines about the removal of price bands for passenger fares.
According to market experts and industry participants, ticket prices in India are most likely not going to fall due to high fuel costs, the depreciating rupee, and the struggling balance sheet of airlines.
Dutta added that Air India and Vistara are focused on the international market and he expects any capacity expansion by the Tata Group, which operates these airlines, to be focused on that.
Between January and June, Alliance Air canceled 1.74 percent of its flights every month while SpiceJet scrubbed 0.86 percent of its scheduled flights, data shows.
Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia in a response in the Lok Sabha said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has carried out a total of 177 surveillance, 497 spot checks, and 169 night surveillance on engineering and maintenance aspects of scheduled operators during the last one year.
IndiGo the largest airline in India in terms of market share has a history of chocking out the competition in the Indian aviation industry through its aggressive route offerings and frequencies on those routes.
The newest airline in India plans to start operations of its flights from August 7 and in the inaugural phase of its network development, the airline will launch its operations by offering 28 weekly flights between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
The PLI scheme was launched in 2021 with an incentive of Rs 120 crore spread over three financial years. The turnover is expected to nearly double every year for the next five years, so, the industry wants a higher PLI quantum
Low-cost carriers SpiceJet and Vistara have issued flight delay warnings to their passengers on Twitter and have requested them to get in touch with the airline concerned for updated flight information.
The new body scanner will be a safer alternative for passengers as it doesn’t use X-rays or ionising radiation, say officials. There will be no need for physical frisking or passengers having to take off clothing so the scanners will speed up security checks, they note.