Tuesday, July 17, 2018

DGCA to regulate air traffic controllers, says govt after ICAO flags concerns

New Delhi: With global aviation watchdog ICAO giving low score to India after safety oversight audit, the government has decided to entrust the regulation of air traffic controllers with the DGCA.

Senior Civil Aviation Ministry officials today said India's score after the latest ICAO audit fell to 57.44 per cent from the previous level of 65.82 per cent.

The decline was mainly due to ratings of air traffic controllers being given by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which is also the provider of air traffic control services, the officials said.

Now, the ministry has decided that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would be carrying out regulatory and safety oversight of air traffic controllers, Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey told reporters here.
16/07/18 PTI/Business Standard

In a mega deal, Jet Airways to buy 75 more 737 Max airplanes from Boeing for $8.8 bn

Mumbai: Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways on Tuesday signed a formal agreement with Boeing Co to acquire an additional 75 latest single-aisle 737 Max aircraft valued at $8.8 billion at current list prices.
The two companies inked the pact at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow, which kick-started in the southwest of London on Monday, according to a joint release.
In 2015, the airline had ordered 75 such planes. Earlier this year, it decided to buy 75 more aircraft of the same model.
17/07/18 PTI/First Post

Government to prepare road map for airports’ development

Patna: Union civil aviation ministry has asked the state government to prepare a road map entailing short, medium and long- term civil aviation operations in Bihar, Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria told TOI on Monday. Talks in this regard were held between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and state government officials in Delhi on July 9.
Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha on Saturday claimed a comprehensive plan was being prepared for development of all airports and airstrips in Bihar and Darbhanga airport would be made functional at the earliest. Regional flights are proposed from Darbhanga to places like Delhi and Mumbai under the Centre’s Udan scheme.
Jayant talked about such plans through his official Twitter handle. On Darbhanga airport, Jayant tweeted:
“Please be assured that we are working to get Darbhanga airport ready as quickly as possible. I am personally reviewing the progress.”
17/07/18 Times of India

Indian airlines eyeing international skies

Kolkata: Indian airlines are moving towards the international market in search of better returns as the intensifying fight for a bigger share of the world’s fastest growing domestic market drives down profits, says a recent report by Reuters.

A data report from the travel firm Rome2Rio, says that, India is among the cheapest domestic airlines market in the world, with an average fare of 13 cents per kilometre flown, less than half the 27 cents per km average in China and the United States of America (US). Promotional offers on a two-hour flight from Mumbai to Delhi, such as, USD 50 one-way tickets, are easier to find, and for the airlines that are expected to take delivery for more than 500 aircraft in the next five years, the pressure on profits and fares are also increasing. The Indian airlines market is growing by 30 pc.

According to Reuters, since 2015, the profits of the global airlines have been strong, though the variations between regions are wide, therefore the Indian carriers are struggling to keep their profit constant, despite them enjoying almost 90 pc seat reservation in the domestic market and benefitting from a more than double of the domestic passenger numbers over the last four years.
Airlines including SpiceJet Ltd (SPJT.BO), Vistara, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd’s (INGL.NS) IndiGo are conversing so that they can buy or lease the widebody aircraft, and to boost profit they are firming up international growth plans.
17/07/18  Varsha Singh/Media India Group

US facing serious shortage of pilots with an increase in demand for air travel

The United States is currently facing a serious shortage of airline pilots, particularly at the regional airline levels, according to a report.

During this period, there has been a tremendous increase in the demand for air travel, the Federal Aviation Administration said in the report. The International Air Transport Association predicts that air travel will double over the next 20 years.

Major US airlines were not yet directly experiencing the pilot shortage, according to the report.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the number has decreased by 30 per cent over the past three decades and there were about 827,000 pilots in America in 1987.

But smaller regional airlines are experiencing this first-hand. Their schedules have been reduced and some, such as Republic, have been forced into bankruptcy because of inadequate staffing.
17/07/18 India TV

Here’s how Vistara is gearing up to fly international

While the airline has made a name for itself in the Indian circuit, it is now seeking to expand, evident from its order of 56 Airbus pegged to cost $3.1 billion. Thng told the publication that the new jets are being brought for its international operations and will be a mix of narrow and wide-bodied aircraft to fly both short-haul and long-haul international flights. The deliveries are set to be completed in the next four to five years. It will also start receiving deliveries for Boeing 787 or Dreamliner from 2020 and 2021 – the exact time when it plans to kickstart its long and medium-haul international flights.
Vistara is expected to create a strong base for itself in South Asia as it has the backing of SIA and would be looking to leverage this to attract more users. As of now, Vistara provides connectivity across 22 destinations with 800 weekly flights. Not just international operations but the airline is also looking to strengthen its network within the country.  The airline is planning to increase the frequency of flights in the domestic circle and they would be focusing extensively on the Tier II and Tier III markets. Thng suggested that Vistara is also open to stitching new partnerships with other airlines to bolster its presence outside Delhi and even in the international market. 
17/07/18 ET Now News

India's IndiGo among the world's most punctual mega airlines

New Delhi: Indians are not exactly known for their punctuality. In fact, there are jokes aplenty about the Indian Standard Time (IST) and how it usually runs behind the clock for many. However, in a welcome change, breaking away from this notion and an Indian airline finds itself among global carriers with the most on-time
performance or OTP. The list of 'Top 20 mega airlines' put together by UK-based OAG Aviation Worldwide Ltd, an air travel intelligence company, features India's IndiGo at fourth position with an OTP score of 81.22 per cent (arrivals only).
Flights that arrive or depart before 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival or departure, are considered on-time performers by the air travel intelligence firm. In the rankings, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways stood at the first and second place with an OTP of 85.27 per cent and 83.81 per cent respectively.
17/07/18 Times of India

Vistara keen on partnerships to boost offerings

Mumbai: Getting into airline partnerships, boosting its domestic network to have a robust feed, creating more hubs in India and outside are what Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines (SIA) joint venture Vistara is focusing on as it plans to fly international on the regional short haul routes by the second half of this year and on launching its medium and long haul international operations from 2020 onwards, Leslie Thng, CEO, Vistara, told FE.

Vistara announced an order for 56 Airbus and Boeing aircraft worth $3.1 billion last week which, Thng says, with a mix of narrow and widebody aircraft type, fits the airline’s international expansion strategy perfectly both for the regional short haul routes and the long haul and medium haul flights, at least till 2021.

Vistara will take deliveries of all its 56 Airbus A320neos within the next four to five years and the deliveries for its Boeing 787 or the Dreamliner will start from 2020 till 2021 and this is when it plans on launching the medium to long haul flights that are more than seven hours of flying time. “The narrowbody fulfills our commitment to continue serving on the domestic and regional short-haul markets (three to five hours from India), domestic market and also provide the connectivity and the leverage for partnership with other airlines,” Thng said.
17/07/18 Financial Express

Setback for flyers as AI cuts frequency of flights

Bhopal: Already suffering due to poor connectivity with other cities, Raja Bhoj airport has suffered another setback with Air India reducing its frequency of flights, besides discontinuing its morning flight to Mumbai. Sensing the opportunity, Jet Airways has proposed to start an afternoon flight to Mumbai and Delhi and also connect a city in South (Chennai or Hyderabad).
AI has now only three flights from Bhopal-two for Delhi and one for Mumbai. Jet Airways has four flights, two each for Mumbai and Delhi in the morning and evening. There are 3 flights to Mumbai and one from Delhi. On the condition of anonymity, a senior official of Jet Airways told TOI that this is a big opportunity for them to connect more cities with Bhopal.
“At a recent meeting with the airport authorities, we had shown interest to start few flights from Bhopal, but only with the winter schedule which will start from October,” said the official.
17/07/18 Ramendra Singh/Times of India

Renovation work in full swing at airport

Panaji: Due to ‘unprecedented passenger traffic growth’ in recent years at the Goa airport in Dabolim, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken up modification work at the terminal. This includes ‘complete renovation of all washrooms and measures to reduce waiting time by providing additional entry gates’.
“Modification works inside the terminal are in full swing,” read a tweet from the Goa airport’s official social media handle. The improvements to be carried out include installation of new signages, it said.
Systematic changes are also underway to improve the ground transportation system at the airport. Better food and beverage options too would soon be available.
17/7/18 Times of India

Pune airport flip-flops on its plans for passenger transport

Pune: The incessant rains have made the walks to and from the aircraft extremely uncomfortable for the passengers at the Pune airport.
The airport officials’ solution to this very valid passenger concern has been merely to ask the airlines to provide their patrons with umbrellas. Though there was also some talk about the airport getting buses/coaches, that idea did not pan out. Now the officials want the airlines to arrange for their own coaches. Understandably, passengers are annoyed.
Sandeep Borse, an angry Jet Airways passenger, took to Twitter on Monday. His tweet read: “Please explain why the captain of 9W371 (flight number) denied entry to passengers in aircraft (as per ground staff) and made passengers wait outside aircraft for 30 minutes in rain after crossing boarding gate at Pune airport and why don’t you care for passengers (sic).”
Sandeep Borse, an angry Jet Airways passenger, took to Twitter on Monday. His tweet read: “Please explain why the captain of 9W371 (flight number) denied entry to passengers in aircraft (as per ground staff) and made passengers wait outside aircraft for 30 minutes in rain after crossing boarding gate at Pune airport and why don’t you care for passengers (sic).”
17/07/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

Sikorsky announces sale of first S-76D helicopter in India

Mumbai: Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin firm, today announced the sale of its first S-76D helicopter in India, to the Maharashtra government.

The delivery of the maiden aircraft to the state government is scheduled for next year, it said in a release.

The announcement to this effect came during the Farnborough International Airshow, which commenced in southwest of London yesterday.
17/07/18 Outlook

Delhi airport dues: Civil Aviation Min to hold discussions with Home Min

New Delhi: The Civil Aviation Ministry will hold discussions with the Home Ministry on the issue of pending dues worth over Rs 600 crore owed by Delhi airport operator DIAL to the CISF, a senior official said today.
Against the backdrop of huge outstanding dues, the Home Ministry has written to the Civil Aviation Ministry warning that the CISF security cover for the airport could be withdrawn by year-end if the dues are not cleared, sources said.
The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) operates the national capital's aerodrome, which is also the busiest in the country.
"The Civil Aviation Ministry will be discussing the matter with the Home Ministry regarding the security provisions, treating it as a sovereign function," Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey told .According to official.
17/07/18 PTI/Times of India

Airports Authority of India to construct terminal, civilian flights from Hindon likely by Diwali

Ghaziabad: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with
Airports Authority of India (AAI) to develop infrastructure facilities to start civilian flights from Hindon air base under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS). If things go as per the plan, then domestic flights could begin their operations from the air base by Diwali.“The MoU has paved the way for early operations of domestic flights from the air base, expectedly around Diwali,” said Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate. “ The agreement has been signed for a period of three years. However, there are sub clauses under which it could be extended up to five years,” she said.
As per the MoU, it has been agreed that AAI will take up the work for developing the airport terminal, while the state government will construct approach roads leading to the terminal. In addition, the state government will have to bear the cost of lighting up the stretch and security outside the terminal.
17/07/18 Abhijay Jha/Times of India

As profit soars, BIAL under pressure to withdraw user fee

Bengaluru: With the Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) registering huge profits in the past three years, there is a growing demand for the withdrawal of the user development fee (UDF) levied on passenger.

Pressure groups, including the Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC), want the airport operator to source revenue for infrastructure projects from elsewhere instead of burdening the passengers.

Data collated by B.PAC show that the BIAL collected Rs 1,212 crore as UDF in the past two financial years. This is at least 30% (or Rs 280 crore) more than what it had estimated based on traffic projections in 2010.
17/07/18 Naveen Menzez/Economic Times

HAL Faces Growing Competition in Home Market

As the Indian aerospace and defense manufacturing ecosystem slowly moves towards the "Make in India" initiative along with policy changes to support it, the landscape is likely to prove challenging to government-owned manufacturers such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL, Chalet K7). Private industry is bringing competition and manufacturing capabilities are being enhanced, presenting growth opportunities for Indian defense manufactures such as Tata Group, Mahindra Defense Systems, Dynamatic Technologies, and Larsen & Toubro.

HAL continues to be the market leader as India relies on imports to meet 70 percent of its defense requirements, with the remaining 30 percent met by domestic companies. Although India has sought to diversify its procurement sources, with a recent focus on the U.S., Russia continues to dominate Indian defense equipment spares imports, given that around 65 percent of its defense equipment is Russian (and maintained by HAL).

According to HAL's recent annual report, “Combat aircraft [and] helicopters in the light and medium weight categories offer excellent opportunities in the near future. The company has infrastructure and expertise and these will have an edge over competition in the short term.”
17/07/18 Neelam Mathews/Times of India

Get up to 30% discount on flight tickets from UAE

Dubai: India's Jet Airways on Wednesday announced discounts up to 30 per cent on their international travel using the airline's vast network of destinations in India and beyond.

Effective July 17, guests travelling to India, Bangkok, Colombo, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Kathmandu and Singapore can enjoy substantial savings on their Premiere as well as Economy class bookings, the airline said in a statement.

Tickets booked under the week-long fare sale from July 17 to July 23 will be valid for immediate travel making it a wonderful opportunity for guests booking last minute and those planning their future travels.
17/07/18 Khaleej Times

Wheelchair passenger goes missing from Kempegowda International Airport

The Kempegowda International Airport police are searching for a Jaipur-bound passenger who allegedly did not board his flight despite checking in and has been missing since July 10. He was last seen in his wheelchair at the departure gate, but there is no footage of him leaving the airport, said the police.

Richpal, 40, from Rajasthan, worked as a labourer at a tile manufacturing unit in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. Last week, he fractured his leg while at work and was advised bed rest. He decided to return to Rajasthan. Since he could not take the train, his friend Mukesh Kumar brought him to Bengaluru from where he was scheduled to fly to Jaipur on July 10, the police said.

“He was on a wheelchair because of his injury. Kumar [the complainant in the case] said he accompanied him to the airport, dropped him off at departure gate no. 1, and then returned to Chittoor,” a police officer said.

The disappearance came to light when Kumar received a call from Richpal’s family who were waiting for him at the airport in Jaipur. They were informed that he had not boarded the flight. Kumar returned to Bengaluru to make enquiries and filed a missing person’s complaint on Saturday.
16/07/18 The Hindu

Man gets stuck in airport restroom

Thiruvananthapuram: In a bizarre incident, Sabu George, an air passenger, found himself stuck in the restroom of Terminal II of Trivandrum International Airport for nearly half an hour on Monday.
A frequent traveller and resident of Delhi, Sabu arrived at the airport around 4.30pm. He was leaving for Delhi in the Air India flight scheduled to depart at 7.10pm.
After completing check-in procedure, he went to the lounge area in the terminal. “I entered the rest room, but I was not able to open the door from inside. I shouted for help, but no one heard me as the lounge is located in a remote area in the terminal. As there were no helpline or other contact numbers displayed in the place I searched for the helpline number on Google on my mobile and found it. I tried to call the number several times for next 15 minutes, but, only found an engaged tone at the other end,” said Sabu.
“I tried hard to force open the door and it opened after much pushing and kicking for about 25 minutes,” he said minutes ahead of boarding his flight to Delhi.
17/07/18 Times of India

Dubai flier caught with 64,500 Euros

Mohali:  The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Monday arrested a passenger after 64,500 Euros (Rs 50.76 lakh) was recovered from him at the Chandigarh international airport.
Navjeet Singh, 37, a resident of Nawanshahr was to board a Dubai flight when he was caught. On examination of his checked-in baggage, DRI seized the foreign currency concealed in a newspaper kept in lower bottom of the baggage.
Sources said the passenger had not declared the possession of foreign currency prior to boarding the flight.
17/07/18 Times of India

Two people arrested with US Dollars worth Rs 1 5 lakh from airport

Kolkata: Two persons have been arrested from Kolkata airport while they were smuggling out US Dollars worth Rs 1,55,000 through hawala, the Customs Police said today.
The Customs sleuths at the city airport while frisking a Bhutan Airlines flight to Bangkok last
night found a bag underneath a seat on board containing 150 notes in the denomination of 100
Dollars denomination.
17/05/18 UNI

Hawala trader held with unaccounted currency

Jaipur: A man allegedly involved in hawala trade was on Tuesday held with unaccounted currency of different countries at the airport here.
Following a tip-off, a team of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) caught Anil Jain and recovered currencies of Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.
17/07/18 Tribune

Air India employee held with 9 gold biscuits at IGI airport

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has arrested an Air India employee with nine gold biscuits here at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

The arrested accused was trying to smuggle gold for a passenger, who had arrived from Dubai by Spicejet.

The probe later revealed that the arrested Air India staff was intercepted inside the washroom of the International Transfer Area.
17/07/18 ANI/Business Standard

Monday, July 16, 2018

Avolon White Paper Predicts Indian Airline Fleet to Double by 2027

International aircraft leasing company Avolon issued a white paper providing an in-depth analysis of India’s air travel market. The paper is divided in two parts. The first section details the factors impacting India’s commercial airline sector, while the second part contains an analysis of the Indian aviation market, including a detailed breakdown of the major passenger markets, airline fleets and future growth projections.

Key findings of the White Paper include:

22.8 million international passengers were carried by Indian airlines in 2017, an increase of 14% on the previous year.
Almost 117 million domestic passengers were carried in 2017, a 17.4% increase on 2016. Annual domestic passenger growth has averaged 15% since 2012.
Domestic passenger demand is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 9.6% over the coming decade, while an 8.3% growth rate is forecast for international passengers.
India’s airports handled 295 million passengers in 2017, with the five busiest airports all approaching – or already exceeding – their terminal capacities. Despite significant state and private investment being committed, airport capacity will likely remain a constraint on growth.
Low cost airlines carry 65% of domestic passengers and their dominance is set to be maintained into the future, with load factors amongst the highest in the world.
Indian airlines currently operate almost 600 passenger aircraft – 75% narrowbody, 11% widebody and 14% regional aircraft. Notably, more than 60% of the in-service and committed fleet comprise future technology types.
India’s share of the international aviation market has steadily declined to below 40%, reflecting years of under-investment at Air India. Onerous requirements for potential buyers to assume $5 billion of debt and guarantee all full-time jobs contributed to no offers being received for Air India in its recent flotation bid.
16/07/18 Monitor Daily

Air India suspends Bhubaneswar-Bangkok direct flight ops

Bhubaneswar: India’s national carrier Air India temporarily suspended its direct flight service from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok starting from today due to operational reasons, an official said.

The Air India has suspended direct flight service from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok from today (July 16) till September 30 due to “operational reasons”, said Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) Director Suresh Chandra Hota.

He further said,”There is no information when Air India will resume its operations on the route.”

The Air India had started its maiden Bhubaneswar-Bangkok flight on December 10, 2017. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had flagged off the first flight operation at the city airport.
16/07/18 Odisha Sun Times

Wrong to impose GST on international air tickets, says global airline body IATA

Global airlines' body IATA has strongly opposed levying of GST on international air tickets, dubbing the taxation as ‘wrong’ as it contravenes many global agreements to which India is a party.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents more than 280 airlines in different parts of the world. Its members include Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara.

"It is wrong to apply GST to international tickets. It contravenes international agreements to which India is party," IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac told PTI in an interview.
"That's why we are asking the government to zero-rate international tickets," he said when asked about his views on the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India.
16/07/18 PTI/DNA

Inflight connectivity: Airline passengers split over using mobile phones

Whether you regard your next flight as a chance to kick back and relax or a valuable window to catch up on lost work may depend on where you live, according to a survey of 8,000 passengers in 10 key travel markets.

While airlines seem determined to keep passengers connected 24-7, most people from France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Britain and the US are happy to have their phones rendered unusable while en route, the poll suggests. Indian, Chinese and Arab passengers, by contrast, are generally keen to make calls.
Some 69 per cent of Germans reckon it’s not necessary to be permanently available, compared to just 12 per cent of Indians and 18 per cent of Chinese, according to the survey. The risk of disturbance was cited as the chief concern surrounding inflight phone links, with Japanese travellers most worried. Many Asian flyers said they’d pay for connectivity even if the flight cost much more.
Travellers from the United Arab Emirates, China and India said having a toothbrush and eye mask was important or very important, compared with only 38 per cent of Swedes. Fewer than one-third of respondents in any country wanted a shower, spa, wellness service or fitness equipment on board.
16/07/18 Bloomberg/Business Standard

Farnborough: Bombardier looks to Asia for regional aircraft boom

Bombardier's regional aircraft focus seems poised to shift more toward Asia and other developing markets in the coming years, in acknowledgement of aviation's advancements in those regions and the relative maturity of the North American market.

The manufacturer also expects to continue making incremental improvements to its regional aircraft products – which include CRJs and Q400s – rather than immediately embarking on larger development projects, says Bombardier president of commercial aircraft Fred Cromer.

"The products will continue to evolve. I don't think it's going to be a step change; it's more incremental," Cromer tells FlightGlobal. He notes Bombardier is now selling CRJs with its new Atmosphere cabin, which has larger overhead bins and a cabin designed to feel more spacious.
15/07/18 Flight Global

GoAir may lease out A320neos due to pilot shortage

India's GoAir is mulling the lease out of some of its A320neos due to the lack of available pilots at the time of the aircraft's delivery. The A320neos are likely to be derived from the future fleet.
Airlines in India are forecast to need 800 pilots in the next 12 months, but will face a shortfall of 250. As a result, GoAir may be forced to hire more expatriate pilots, thus inflating its operating costs.
The Wadia group-owned airline currently operates a fleet of 35 aircraft and has 475 pilots.
16/07/18 Aviator

Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL): Airport takes off, Digitally

The operator of the BLR Airport or Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) and ThoughtWorks first met on an unremarkable but practical ‘redesign my website’ kind of query. It gradually turned into a futuristic and innovative journey towards a digitized and seamlessly connected, intuitive airport or the ‘Smart Airport.’

The collaborative ThoughtWorks and BIAL team saw merit in enhancing customer experience through a ‘tech- at-core’ digital approach, rather than
launching just another app like most others in the aviation industry.

The result? A comprehensive digital strategy of continuous designing, building, validating and refining solutions. A key feature of the strategy is a digital platform that adapts to the airport’s evolving digital needs.
16/07/18 PC Quest

IndiGo Introduces New Flights Connecting Surat

Airline IndiGo has introduced new flights connecting Surat. The new non-stop flights will connect Surat with cities such as Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai, among others. This was said by the airline on its website - goindigo.in. With an apparent view to promoting its new flights, IndiGo has opened bookings for flight tickets on the routes at a starting price of  Rs. 1,999, according to the airline's website. IndiGo said it started operations the new daily direct flights on the five routes - Surat-Delhi, Surat-Bengaluru, Surat-Mumbai, Surat-Jaipur, and Surat-Hyderabad - from August 16, 2018.
16/07/18 NDTV

Cyrus Mistry ‘miserably failed’ to prove AirAsia charge

Mumbai: The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) said former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry “miserably failed” to set up a case on the allegations of fraudulent transactions worth Rs 22 crore involving Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata and Trusts managing trustee R Venkataramanan in AirAsia.

“I can say that the petitioners miserably failed to at least set up a case basing on this allegation; all are abominably baseless allegations thrown at a reputed person/and not knowing what consequences follow when such scurrilous allegations are not supported by any material paper,” the NCLT order stated.

The NCLT bench said the petitioners went on to make a scurrilous statement, without a shred of paper, that Tata funded one terrorist through hawala transactions by diverting AirAsia India funds. Mistry’s family firms, that own 18.4% stake in Tata Sons, alleged that R Venkataramanan at the behest of Tata indulged in diversion of funds from AirAsia India, and when Mistry raised this issue, he was removed as executive chairman of the company.
16/07/18 Economic Times

AirAsia promo offer: Now grab up to 30% discount on all flights, seats; here’s how to book tickets

AirAsia on Sunday announced an exciting offer for the customers offering up to 30 percent discount on all flights and seats across AirAsia India. The customers can book tickets from 16 July 2018 to 22 July 2018 for travel from 17 July, 2018 to 30 November, 2018. According to the company website, the latest promo offer is available on all flights operated by AirAsia India (Flight code i5) and the discount applies to all bookings made through airasia.com and the AirAsia mobile app. The customers can choose from 20 domestic destinations that AirAsia India currently flies to like Jaipur, Chandigarh, Pune, Guwahati, Imphal, Bagdogra, Ranchi, Indore, Nagpur, Bhubaneshwar, Surat and many more!

AirAsia BIG Members can also take advantage of the sale by redeeming flights using their AirAsia BIG Points.
Meanwhile, AirAsia had last week announced a ‘Low Fare Madness’ offer under its special promotional scheme with all-inclusive fares starting at Rs 999. The tickets under this discount offer were booked till July 15, 2018 for the travel period between February 1, 2019 and August 13, 2019. Kochi, Jaipur, Ranchi, Chennai, New Delhi were among the select routes on which the offer applies.
16/07/18 Financial Express

Spicejet directed to pay up for flight cancellation

Hyderabad: While it’s a common practice for airlines to cancel flights “due to bad weather” it appears that the actual reason for cancellation is not always the weather. It became manifest when a private airline could not prove that a Hyderabad-Varanasi flight had been cancelled due to bad weather as it had claimed.  An amount of about Rs 50,000 is what a district consumer disputes redressal forum has directed the service provider, Spicejet, to compensate the customer with. Spicejet has also been asked to refund the ticket fare to the two passengers in question.

The incident dates back to October 31, 2015 when a couple from Gandhi Nagar in the city booked to-and-fro flight tickets from Hyderabad to Varanasi for a trip scheduled for December 2015. They paid a total amount of Rs 17,966 online for the tickets. However, on December 8, 2015, when the couple were to fly to Varanasi, the airline management sent a message that the flight was cancelled due to bad weather. It also stated that the amount paid towards ticket fare would be refunded. But until the date of lodging a complaint, the refund was not processed.
16/07/18 Ajay Moses/New Indian Express

Saudi Airlines flight from Riyadh to Dhaka makes emergency landing at Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: An aircraft of Saudi Airlines going to Dhaka in Bangladesh from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia had to make an emergency landing at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, here on Monday night.
The plane landed due to a medical emergency.
Airport Director Manoj Gangal said, "Saudia Airline flight SV804 from Riyadh to Dhaka
requested Ahmedabad ATC for diversion to Ahmedabad as a passenger named Nazir Ahmed Runa, (38) was unconscious.
16/07/18 UNI

CISF restores bag with cash & foreign currency at Delhi airport to its owner

New Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force on Sunday restored a laptop bag with cash and foreign currency to its owner, a CISF statement said here on Monday.
On Sunday afternoon, the CISF duty personnel noticed an unattended laptop bag lying at arrival
alighting area near police booth of Terminal-1 of Delhi’s IGI Airport.
He asked the passerby passengers but not one came forward to collect the same. Immediately, the matter was informed to CISF’s bomb disposal squad and the bag was checked through Explosive Vapour Detector (EVD) machine.
16/07/18 UNI

Heroin, gold seized in Amritsar

Attari (Amritsar): Customs officials seized about Rs 3.75 crore worth of drugs and gold worth Rs 36 lakh, a senior officer said today.

According to Customs Commissioner Amritsar, Dipak Kumar Gupta, over 700 grams of heroin– divided into three packets of 294.4 grams, 300.4 grams and 306 grams– was recovered yesterday at the Attari Railway Station during routine checking.

The consignment was concealed along with the packing material in the cavities of two wagons of a goods train, the official said, adding that some brown coloured suspected to be hashish was also recovered from the train.
15/0718 India.com

Assam: 10 gold biscuits seized at Kumbhirgram Airport

Silchar: Customs Department along with CISF personnel seized ten gold biscuits weighing 1.6 Kg from two passengers at Silchar’s Kumbhirgram Airport on Sunday.
The two passengers Barkhat Khan and Rajendra Sibhar who had 5 gold biscuits each in their stomach, were nabbed by Customs and CISF personnel when they were about to board New Delhi bound Jet Airways flight from Silchar.
Each gold biscuits weighed 160 grams and were brought into Silchar from neighbouring Myanmar via Mizoram, reported custom officials on condition of anonymity.
15/07/18 Aparna Laskar/North East Now