Saturday, July 14, 2018

SpiceJet to diversify

Washington: Low-cost airline SpiceJet is considering alliances with two American companies, including an international airline, and diversifying its activities beyond aviation, its chairman and managing director Ajay Singh has said.

Acknowledging that aviation is a "fairly high-risk enterprise", the airline's chief said, "We must hedge ourselves from the risk of being in a pure aviation business and find the businesses which are connected to aviation, which would be a little more insulated from the high cost of fuel and so on."

"So, we are looking at some new areas. We will be making announcements at the appropriate time. We believe that there are significant strategic partnerships that we can enter into and we will be announcing them soon," Singh told reporters on the sidelines of the annual meet of the US-India Strategic and Partnership Summit (USISPF) here on Thursday.
14/07/18 Telegraph

MP: large flights from Karipur by month end

Malappuram: The Calicut International Airport (Karipur) is likely to resume operations of large flights by the end of this month.

P.K. Kunhalikutty, MP, said here on Friday that he was given an assurance by Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh P. Prabhu about the resumption of operations with larger aircraft from Karipur by this month-end.

Mr. Kunhalikutty said the work was in the final stage for giving permission for wide-body aircraft to operate from Karipur.

He said the office of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) too had indicated that large flights could be operated from Karipur by the end of this month.
14/07/18 The Hindu

Confounded by clouds, pilot returns to Iran

Mumbai: An Iran Air A306 aircraft that flew into Indian airspace from Tehran around noon circled along the east and west of the city for close to an hour as it tried in vain to cut through the bad tropical weather, only to finally give up and fly back to land in Zahedan, Iran.
Iran Air city airport station manager Shahbaaz Busheri said that flight IR-810 flew from Zahedan to Tehran, where it refuelled and was expected to land in the city around 2 am on Saturday. "About 140 passengers waiting to board the Mumbai-Tehran flight have been taken care of," he said.
An air traffic controller said he and his colleagues found it strange that the aircraft should fly back.
"We don't know what transpired on board flight IR-810. After an hour of holding, the commander radioed and said: 'Diverting due weather.' We don't ask for details," said a senior air traffic controller. "There were some cumulonimbus clouds along the approach path. But other aircraft managed to avoid them and land," he added.
14/07/18 Times of India

Kochi-Lakshadweep seaplane soon?

Kochi: Though the state government has decided to ground its seaplane project, the Kochi-based Seabird Seaplane Ltd is likely to begin operations. The company is expecting to receive the approvals in the next three months and kickstart daily trips from the Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial) to Lakshadweep.
Captain Suraj Jose, CEO of Seabird, said the company was not banking on the business prospects for seaplane tourism in the state because of protest from members of the fishing community. “From the scratch, our plan was to operate services connecting Cial and Lakshadweep and Andaman and
Nicobar Islands. We are all set to do so,” said Jose.
The company, which was founded in 2013, has been awaiting approvals to launch its operations for quite some time now. A seaplane owned by the firm has been parked at Cial for nearly two years and it has paid around Rs 3 lakh as parking fee for the Rs 15-crore (including import duty) eight-seater aircraft.
14/07/18 Vikram Vinod/Times of India

ILS operation to resume at Airport

Raipur: Airports Authority of India (AAI) authorities on Friday affirmed that the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been restored at Swami Vivekananda Airport after 4 months. The system would be operational 0530 hours from July 14 onwards.

“Now, the Raipur-bound aircrafts will be able to land in visibility upto 1200 meters. The ILS was out-of-service at Raipur since March 5 to July 13 due to Runway Safety Area (RSA) works, which has now been completed,” said R S Sahay, Director of Swami Vivekananda Airport here.

Earlier, the timings of several flights were also rescheduled due to inoperability of ILS caused due to prolonged RSA work. However, it is now expected that soon the air operations would be restored to normalcy and fresh schedules of flights would also be released by their operators.
14/07/18 Hitavada

Airport unleashes woman power to end parking tiffs

Kolkata: Kolkata airport has found an out-of-the-box solution to the problem of boorish behaviour by staff manning its parking fee collection plaza at the exit gate. It has just replaced the men with an all-women force during the day shift. And the move, if the first few days of this unique gender experiment are anything to go by, has worked wonders.
The decision to replace men with women followed the arrest of five male toll staffers earlier this year. Parking fee collection had to be suspended for several weeks following allegations that the staff resorted to extortion and involved passengers in brawls. “The ‘goons’ in the guise of parking fee staff gave a bad name to the airport and the city,” lawyer and activist Subhas Datta, who had a run-in with one of them last year and filed a police complaint, said.
Airport officials also blamed drivers’ reluctance to pay the parking fee of Rs 100 for the regular fights but admitted that there were problems. 
14/07/18 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

UP to only give twice the circle rate for Jewar Airport land, wants consent first of 70% land-owners

Land for the Jewar International Airport will be acquired as per provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013 by paying twice the circle rate to nearly 3000 land-owners as the other route of obtaining land through direct negotiation “does not seem to be possible”, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided at a meeting held on July 6.

The government is sticking to its stand that since the 1441 hectares of land for the airport project is notified as an “urban/industrial township”, it will not pay more than twice the circle rate – this could become a flashpoint as villagers in eight villages of the area are demanding four times the circle rate which is a provision for “rural areas”, as per the Land Acquisition Act.
14/07/18 Aman Sharma/Economic Times

Flexible use of airspace to cut down on flight time, fuel consumption

Kolkata: Total radar and radio coverage along with flexible use of airspace is set to reduce travel time between Kolkata and several cities in the south by up to 10-12 minutes, leading to considerable savings in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and carbon dioxide emission.
“Around a third of Indian airspace is controlled by military. Earlier, civilian flights were not allowed to use military airspace. Hence, air traffic control officers had to assign circuitous routes that skirted them. But now, there is greater flexibility and synergy in using these restricted airspace on a need basis. The direct routing of fights from Kolkata is saving around 9,000 kg of fuel or 28,500 kg CO2 emission everyday. That translates to 10,371
tonne of CO2 saved in a year,” said Airports Authority of India member (air navigation services) Anil Kumar Dutta on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Air Traffic Controllers’ Guild to discuss the challenges faced by the aviation sector.
At Rs 70 per kg of ATF, that also translates in to saving of Rs 6.3 lakh in fuel cost for the airlines daily.
Sources in Kolkata ATC said flights to Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Vizag, Bhuwaneswar, Delhi and Ahmedabad would also benefit from the flexible use of airspace that allowed direct routing of flights and also cut flight-time by 10-12 minutes. Every minute of flight reduction saves 40kg of
ATF or 126kg of CO2.
14/07/18 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India

Airbus inks pacts with three Indian start-ups

Bengaluru: As part of French aviation giant Airbus’s accelerator programme Take Off 2018, Airbus subsidiaries NAVBLUE and Aerial have signed agreements with three Indian start-ups. This will help set up a new industry benchmark in aeronautical data services, flight operations and imagery services. This programme is accelerated by Airbus Bizlab India. These partnerships are in addition to those that Airbus signed with Bengaluru-based start-ups Neewee and EFLIGHT in February 2018. This is Season 3 of the accelerator programme, which aligns with the Make in India and Start-up India initiatives.

NAVBLUE signed up Bengaluru-based Stelae Technologies to enhance aeronautical data services quality and consistency. This will enable faster introduction of the next generation fully data-driven and connected EFB (electronic flight bag) solution to the market. NAVBLUE also extended its agreement with EFLIGHT to provide a comprehensive service solution to the Indian business aviation market. The third agreement was signed between Airbus Aerial and Navi Mumbai-based Airpix for a joint go-to market in India to provide geo-analytic solutions and imagery services in the country.

“For the last couple of years I have been convinced with the potential and the quality of entrepreneurs in India. I am pleased to see that all these partnerships between Airbus and Indian start-ups are proving me right,” said Bruno Gutierres, global head, Airbus BizLab, in a press conference. Airbus Bizlab has a community of 2,000 B2B start-ups from India, Southeast Asia and Israel. The company provides mentorship across various domains over a period of six months through the accelerator programme.
14/07/18 Financial Express

Judge’s flight delayed, summons airport staff

Jodhpur: A judge of the Rajasthan High Court had a bitter taste of ill-connected and ill-equipped Jodhpur civil airport when he had to wait at Delhi airport for an hour due to non-clearance to his flight from Jodhpur. Justice Sangeet Lodha expressed his displeasure during the hearing of a PIL pertaining to expansion and connectivity of Jodhpur airport and summoned higher authorities of the airport on Friday.
Justice Lodha had boarded a flight for Jodhpur from Delhi on Thursday. But this flight had to wait for an hour at Delhi airport for want of clearance from Jodhpur airport authorities on account of unavailability of place for parking.
“How poor arrangements are. I had to come to Jodhpur from Delhi but since there was no clearance from Jodhpur airport, my flight had to wait for one hour. There was no improvement despite assurances,” justice Lodha said in an oral comment.
14/07/18 Times of India

Kalaburagi Airport is ready for commercial operation: Kharge

Kalaburagi: Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday said that the works of Airport, including the construction of the runway and the Air Traffic Control (ATC ) was completed and are planing to have trial landing if Air Authority of India give permission to it.
Addressing a press conference after inspecting the works, Mr Kharge, however, said that it may take little more time for the commercial operations. “Tenders have been called
for Airport and ATC operations. The very purpose of a trial landing is to indicate that the airport is ready for operation. Then operators will naturally show interest in launching services..”
14/07/18 UNI

First Haj Flight SV-5904 from Lucknow embarks for Madinah, Check full schedule

Lucknow: First Haj Flight Saudi Airlines SV-5904 from Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh embarked for Madinah, Saudi Arabia today i.e. July 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm.

The first Haj flight carrying 300 pilgrims from Lucknow embarkation point will arrive at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Madinah at 03:00 pm (15:00). With this the first batch of pilgrims from India will land on the Holy Land. They will later go to Makkah to perform Hajj - the annual ritual to commemorate the sacrifices of Prophet Ibrahim, his noble wife Hager and their son Prophet Ismael.

A total of 49 flights will be operated from Lucknow Haj embarkation point. The last flight will be Saudi Airlines SV-5914. It will depart from Lucknow at 03:20 pm on July 29, 2018 and reach Madina International airport at 06:35 pm on the same day..

India's attempts to control world's emptiest airport in Sri Lanka hit after rounds of negotiations end in stalemate

Colombo: Questions are now being raised in Sri Lanka over the seriousness of India's intent to set up a joint venture for Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, which has the dubious distinction of not having any scheduled flights.

India had submitted an unsolicited investment proposal to Sri Lanka’s ministry of civil aviation after the latter closed the call for expressions of interest for a business venture to turn around the airport, dubbed the world’s emptiest, in December 2016.

The airport is located close to the Chinese-run Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and that explains India’s strategic interest in the desolated airport.

It seems the Indian government just wanted to block China from leasing the airport in the same region as the port.
14/07/18  Chathuri Dissanayake/First Post

CNS officers at AAI claim lateral recruitment at managerial level to compromise air safety

Mumbai: All officers of Communication, Navigation & Surveillance (CNS) department at Airport Authority of India (AAI) will go on week-long protest from Saturday wearing black badge against the management decision to hire managerial level recruits directly from the open exam.

The officials said that this will compromise the air travel safety and operations with less qualified engineers recruited directly through an open exam. Normally, the hiring takes place at junior executive level (through GATE) entrance test after which it follows the career progression.

The officials said air traffic department too had similar hiring process but was discontinued later when it's danger was brought to the notice of management. The CNS staffer went ahead with their protest after meeting with the management did not yield any result.
14/07/18 Shahkar Abidi/DNA

Flights shorter, wait to land longer

Dum Dum: Flights are reaching Calcutta and other cities faster than before because of more airspace being opened to commercial aviation, but that has proved counterproductive for airports unable to handle the increased frequency of landings.

Around 33 per cent of India's airspace was earlier closed to commercial flights because this portion had been reserved for the Indian Air Force. But a more flexible airspace policy has allowed airlines into the hitherto restricted zone, reducing the flying time of many flights.

But speakers at a seminar on Challenges in Aviation - Ground to Sky, organised by the Air Traffic Controllers' Guild (India) in New Town, said a corresponding upgrade in airport infrastructure was required to prevent flight delays.
14/07/18 Telegraph

Tripura urges ministry to persuade SpiceJet to continue operations to Agartala

Agartala: After Jet Airways, budget airline SpeiceJet has decided to suspend operations to Tripura capital Agartala from September 1, prompting the Chief Minister to seek intervention of the Union Civil Aviation Minister, an official said here on Saturday.

"Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had requested Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday to intervene to have the airline retract its decision," an official of Tripura Chief Minister's secretariat said.

Jet Airways had withdrawn from Tripura citing revenue losses.
14/07/18 IANS/Business Standard

Indian family receives wrong dead body after mix-up in UAE

Abu Dhabi: In an unfortunate mix up of dead bodies, a bereaved Indian family in Kerala received the mortal remains of another man, who also died in Abu Dhabi around the same time, Khaleej Times has learnt.

The body of Kamatchi Krishnan, 39, hailing from Tamil Nadu was repatriated to the grieving relatives of Keralite expat, Nidhin Othayoth Kottaron, 29, who died last week in Abu Dhabi, sources close to the case have confirmed.

A relative of deceased Nidhin said the family realised there was a mix up when the coffin arrived in in Calicut, Kerala on Friday on an Air India flight.

The body of Krishnan is currently kept in the mortuary at a government hospital in Nidhin's native place in Wayanad, Kerala, awaiting relatives.

"We are not sure how this unfortunate incident happened. Our first priority is to support the families by expediting the repatriation of the body, which is still in the mortuary," an Indian embassy official told Khaleej Times.

Ranjan Dutta, Air India Manager for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain sector, said all required documents were submitted while repatriating the body.

"The human remains are booked on air consignment note based on the original documents produced to Air India or any carrier for that matter, which includes death certificate, police clearance, certification of passport cancellation by the embassy and cancelled passport of the deceased."
14/07/18 Anjana Sankar/Khaleej Times

2 kg gold mixed with paste seized

Trichy: The customs air intelligent unit has busted a gold smuggling racket which tried to sneak in the yellow metal through the Trichy international airport in powder form by mixing it with an unidentified paste. Four passengers who arrived from Dubai by an Air India Express flight were arrested in this connection and about 2 kilograms of gold recovered.
Customs authorities said they grew suspicious of four passengers who arrived at the international airport from Dubai in the wee hours of Thursday. Though during the checking process, it came to light that gold had been concealed, they could not locate where the yellow metal was hidden. After intensive checking, it was revealed that the passengers — Nizam Mohidin, 35, Abdul Harris, 30, Mohammed Ashique, 33, and Mazhar Hussain,
29, all hailing from Chennai — carried the gold in the form of a powder mixed with a paste.
A door-frame metal detector and a hand metal detector are used by customs officials to check the passengers atthe customs security hold area at the airport terminal.
14/07/18 Times of India

Friday, July 13, 2018

Phase 1 of Navi Mumbai airport to cost ₹135.6 bn

The first phase of the Navi Mumbai airport will now cost ₹ 135.6 billion, which is about 50% higher than the previous project estimate.

On Saturday, airport developer GVK group announced that it had tied up with Yes Bank as lead lender for the project. Global analytical company CRISIL has assigned its A+ stable rating to the long-term bank facility of ₹103 billlion that Navi Mumbai International Airport Limited (NMIAL) has availed of. “We are in a non-disclosure agreement with Yes Bank, which does not allow us to share any of the finer details of the phase I project financing for NMIAL,” GVK said.

For arriving at the rating, CRISIL considered the business and financial risk profiles of NMIAL. In addition, CRISIL believes NMIAL, being a subsidiary of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), will benefit from the parent’s managerial, operational, and financial strengths. Both companies will serve the common catchment of Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
13/07/18 aditya anand/The Hindu

Tripura seeks help from Centre after SpiceJet announces suspension of operation

Agartala: Tripura government sought intervention of Civil Aviation Ministry after SpeiceJet announced to suspend operation in Tripura from September 1.

Officials sources on Friday said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has also personally taken up the matter with Civil Aviation Minister Jayanata Sinha. He urged Mr. Sinha to ensure continuation of the present flight availability at Agartala airport.

SpiceJet authority in a letter on July 11 informed Airport Director to stop operation in the sector from September 1 and that it will operate the last flight on August 1. The letter did not provide any specific reason for the suspension of flights.
13/07/18 Sayed Sajjad Ali/The Hindu

Surat to get direct flight to Sharjah in winter

Surat: Putting all speculations at rest, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has stated that the international operations from Surat airport will be permitted with effect from winter season i.e October or November.
From the past couple of weeks, the airport activists, especially those affiliated with the ‘We Work for a Working Airport at Surat (WWWAS) had started a propaganda on social media announcing that Air India Express was considering launching Sharjah-Surat flight operation from August 17. Even the schedule of the flight to and from Sharjah to Surat was posted on social media, inviting curiosity by many users.
12/07/18 Times of India

TMC opposes renaming Agartala airport after Maharaja Bir Bik-ram

Agartala: The Tripura unit of Trinamul Congress has opposed renaming the Agartala airport after Maharaja Bir Bik-ram Kishore Manikya, the last king who ruled the state and demanded that the airport be named after one of the chief ministers or leaders who contributed to the state’s development.

“The kings of Tripura exploited people of the state and did not pay any heed to them. We strongly oppose renaming of the airport after such kings and demand that it be named after leaders, including chief ministers, who developed Tripura into a modern democratic state,” The Telegraph quoted state Trinamul Congress president Ashish Lal Singh as saying.

Singh said under his father Sachindra Lal Singha, who was the first chief minister of the state, Tripura became a full-fledged state from Union territory status.
12/07/18 Northeast Now

Qatar Airways flight skids off runway at Cochin International Airport

Kochi: A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Kochi skidded off the runway while landing at the Cochin International Airport early on Friday due to heavy rains, an airport official and the airline said. Airport Director A.C.K. Nair told IANS that all the passengers were safe.

The airline said: “Qatar Airways flight QR516 from DOH to COK skidded during landing roll due to heavy rain and water on the runway, damaging a few runway lights. The aircraft taxied normally to the stand. Due to this incident the return flight … was cancelled.

“All passengers were accommodated on later flights,” an airline statement said. “Qatar Airways is fully cooperating with local authorities. The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority.” The Airbus 330 missed the alignment while landing as some lights on the runway were broken due to cross wind conditions, Nair said earlier. “The aircraft was well on the runway but missed the alignment… All the passengers are safe,” he said.
13/07/18 IANS/Free Press Journal

After S-400 air-defence deal, India to buy 48 Russian copters for $1.2 b

Mumbai: As the S-400 air-defence deal with Russia gets the green signal, the stage is set for the inking of another $1.2-billion deal between India and Russia for 48 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Indian Air Force.

State-owned Russian Helicopters has been waiting in the wings to seal the contract, with “negotiations completed at the end of last year.”

In an earlier interaction with BusinessLine, Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky had mentioned the company’s keen interest in supplying the Mil-17-V5 military and transport model to the forces. Russia’s arms exporting company JSC Rosoboronexport is to help the helicopter company execute the deal.
13/07/18 Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla/Business Line

$1.65-billion Aircraft deal: India to push for G2G pact with Japan

The long-pending deal involving purchase of 12 ShinMaywa US-2i Amphibious and Rescue (SAR) aircraft for $1.65 billion is back on track with New Delhi expected to push for government to government deal (G2G) in an effort to close the discussions before the India-Japan annual summit to be held in September. Talking to FE on condition of anonymity, a senior officer said: “The discussions have been going on for this aircraft for several years; there has not been much of an action on the deal so far. Recognising the advantage of selling to India, the two governments are willing to negotiate much lower price for these machines and through G2G route.”

The ministry of defence (MoD) has shown a preference for government-to-government (G2G) deals instead of direct commercial negotiations with companies producing armaments over the last couple of years. Some of the major G2G deals include procurement from Russia, US and France.

Sharing his view about the G2G route for defence procurements, an industry source said: “The inter-governmental agreement (IGA) between two governments, besides maintaining transparency, it also ensures that there are no unnecessary delays in closing deals.”
11/07/18 Huma Siddiqui/Financial Express

'New India by 2022': New Delhi Expects Drone Industry to Boost State Development

New Delhi: With India set to soon begin operating drones for civilian purposes, the country's top bureaucrat has asked manufacturers to gear up for huge demand that could reach more than $50 billion in the next 15 years. Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, the official think tank of the government of India, has claimed that Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have the potential to transform many sectors and modernize India rapidly.
Reiterating that drones are going to replace 80% of the operations presently carried out by the manned aircrafts Kant said that integrating drones in civilian space is a challenging job, and therefore, requires an appropriate regulatory framework.
India's Ministry of Civil Aviation, which came out with a draft drone policy on civilian drones last November, is expected to soon start the registration process of drones.
13/07/18 Sputnik

India's Supreme Airlines debuts ops at Sri Ganganagar

Supreme Airlines (Jaipur) has launched maiden scheduled services out of Sri Ganganagar, an airstrip in northern India, connecting it with the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, IANS newswire has reported.

The route is operated 14x weekly with Cessna (single turboprop) 208 equipment.

According to the Supreme Airlines' website, the carrier also intends to operate flights out of Sri Ganganagar to Delhi Int'l, although it is unclear when these could be launched.
13/07/18 ch-aviation

InterGlobe Aviation to seek shareholders’ nod for additional borrowings

New Delhi: IndiGo’s parent InterGlobe Aviation will seek shareholders’ approval for borrowing additional Rs 10,000 crore as it will be taking deliveries of a significant number of aircraft, according to a filing.

The company, which operates the country’s largest airline by market share, would also be seeking nod for “creation of charges against borrowings”. This would be to secure borrowings worth up to Rs 30,000 crore.

These are among the proposals that would be put up for approval at the annual shareholders’ meeting scheduled to be held on August 10 in the national capital.

Chennai Airport phase II project kicks off

Chennai: Work for the Chennai Airport phase II mega project was initiated on Wednesday by L&T, to whom the project has been handed over.

An agreement was signed at Airports Authority of India Chennai Headquarters on the auspicious day.

Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change gave the environment clearance for the modernisation of the second phase of the airport.

The request for the environment clearance was made by the AAI on 18 May this year following which the proposal was accepted on 22 May.
12/07/18 Balasubramani Muniyandi/News Today

Kannur Airport to have special office in Delhi

Kannur: A special office for Kannur International Airport has been set up in Delhi. A. K. Vijayakumar, retired executive director of corporate affairs in Gas Authority of India, was appointed as the special officer. The functions of the special office will be centred at the Kerala House in Delhi.
The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation had directed that a special officer should be appointed in Delhi to handle the Delhi affairs of Kannur Airport. This direction came during Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s meeting with the union minister 2 weeks ago in connection with the requests to speed up the permission for the airport.
The special office will handle the permissions of the airport and the foreign airline services. Meanwhile, the state government gave a letter to the ministry of civil aviation requesting to exclude Kannur airport from the UDAN-RCS Scheme (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik - Regional Connectivity Scheme).
13/07/18 Mathrubhumi

‘Navi Mumbai Airport’s phase I construction may cost 50% more’

Mumbai: The construction cost of phase I of Navi Mumbai Airport is expected to go up by nearly 50 per cent to Rs 13,562 crore from earlier projected cost of Rs 9,600 crore.

In 2013, then Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had said that phase I of the Navi Mumbai International Airport was expected to be completed at a projected cost of Rs 9,600 crore.

Navi Mumbai International Airport “Phase I is expected to be implemented at a cost of Rs 13,562 crore, and will have a capacity of one crore passengers per annum,” ratings agency Crisil said in a report.
13/07/18 PTI/

Jet Airways offers 20% discount on tickets for travelling to France

New Delhi: Premium airline Jet Airways on Friday announced a new offer, where it is offering 20% discount on tickets for travel from India to locations across France. According to the company's website, up to 20 per cent discount is applicable on base fare in Premiere and Economy for travel from India to Paris, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Nantes, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse.  The offer is applicable on return journeys only on those flights which are operated by Jet Airways and its codeshare partners such as Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. For availing the offer, tickets may be purchased between July 13, 2018, and July 17, 2018. It may be noted that the travel for all purchased tickets must commence on or after July 13, 2018. It may be noted, however, that the discount is applicable on select booking classes.
This is another fresh offer floated by the company in the June-September quarter, which generally witnesses subdued bookings and leaner operations. Several budget airlines had also offered exciting offers in the past few days. SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir had even offered tickets at an introductory price of Rs 999 as part of a special monsoon offer. 
13/07/18 Economic Times

Flights diverted from Surat airport

Surat: Heavy rain and inclement weather, resulted in diversion of two flights from Surat airport to Ahmedabad and Indore airports on Thursday.
Official sources said that a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Surat was diverted to Ahmedabad in the morning while, an AirAsia Bengaluru-Surat flight was diverted to Indore.
13/07/18 Times of India

TruJet offers fares starting Rs 603

Regional carrier TruJet, which completed three years of operations today, has announced all-inclusive fares starting as low as Rs 603 for a one-way travel across its flight network.

On the occasion of its third anniversary, Trujet is offering fares starting at Rs 603 all-inclusive to make air travel affordable for a common man, Trujet chief executive officer Vishok Mansingh said in a statement.

The Hyderabad-based carrier flies to 14 major destinations in south India including Cuddapah, Nanded, Bellary, Mysore and Salem, among others.
12/07/18 PTI/

Jet Airways latest offer: Grab Rs 2,500 off on international flight tickets

 India’s airline major Jet Airways has come with its latest sale, offering an attractive discount of Rs 2,500 on international flight tickets. Under the offer, passengers can avail Rs 1,000 discount on Economy seats and Rs 2,500 on Premiere seats on all international flights. According to the company’s website, the offer is applicable only on tickets booked between June 15 and July 31. The travel period must be after June 15, 2018, to avail the discount.

Notably, this offer is valid on one way as well as return journey flights operated by the carrier. Further, the offer can be availed only through Jet Airways official website or mobile app by using promocode JETVISAE18 for Economy seats and JETVISAP18 for Premiere seats. The discount can be availed only on tickets booked using Visa cards, the company said on its website.

Apart from Jet Airways, domestic airline major Spicejet has also come out with its  ‘Mega Monsoon Sale,’ which ends tomorrow. Spicejet is offering direct domestic flight tickets starting at an all-inclusive rate of Rs 999. According to the company’s website, the travel period for offer ends on October 8, 2018. The sale has been extended till July 13th.
12/07/18 Financial Express

Jet Airways Offers 20% Discount on Select International Routes

Jet Airways is offering a discount of 20 per cent on base fare in premiere and economy category on international flight tickets, said country's second largest private airline on its website -- However, the airline's discount offer is valid only for travel from India to France. The destinations include Paris, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Nantes, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse. To avail Jet Airways' discount offer, customers need to purchase flight tickets between July 13 to July 17, 2018 and commence travel on or after July 13.
The discount offer is applicable on return journeys only on flights operate by Jet Airways and its codeshare partners Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

A codeshare is an arrangement between two airlines (airline A & airline B) whereby airline A will market and sell the flights of airline B as though they were the flights of airline A and / or vice versa, according to Jet Airways' official website.
13/07/19 NDTV

SpiceJet Rs 999, IndiGo Rs 1,212 sale: Last chance today to book flight tickets on select domestic routes

SpiceJet and IndiGo sale offers are into their last day today. For those planning an air travel in the coming days, here is the last opportunity to grab a ticket at highly discounted rates. Budget carrier SpiceJet is offering flight tickets from Rs 999, bookings for which end today and bookings for rival IndiGo’s 12-lakh-seat offer also end today. The discount is applicable on select domestic and international flights routes. Here’s all you need to know about the offers:

Spicejet Mega Monsoon sale: Spicejet is offering direct domestic flight tickets starting at an all-inclusive rate of Rs 999. According to the company’s website, the travel period for offer ends on October 8, 2018. The last day of the sale is today. Apart from the promotional sale, Spicejet is also offering 20 per cent discount on seats, meals, SpiceMax and other add-ons on bookings made using the company’s official website. The promo code for the additional discount offer is ADD0N20.

IndiGo 12th anniversary sale: To mark its 12th anniversary, IndiGo on Tuesday announced its biggest sale ever with fares as low as Rs 1,212. The four-day sale that begins July 10 and ends July 13 offers 12 lakh seats at a discount of nearly 25 percent for travel between July 25 and March 30, 2019, the airline website says. The discounted prices are valid for both domestic and international flights on the 6E network of no-frills airline.
13/07/18 Financial Express

Exports through Mangaluru airport touch all time high of 650 tonnes

Mangaluru: The international airport here has created record of sorts during June this year, particularly in the category of export.

During June this year, 649.54 metric tonnes of vegetables, fruits, and automobile spare parts were exported through this airport. Most of these exports are to Gulf countries.

Exports through the airport here had been initiated in the year 2013-14. In the first year, the exports stood at 116.62 tonnes. The figure improved to Rs 338.92 tonnes in 2014-15, 473.88 tonnes in 2015-16, 748.16 tonnes in 2016-17, 2,251.17 tonnes in 2017-18, and 1,068.26 tonnes during the first three months of 2018-19.
13/06/18 daijiworld

Air India planning to start Hubballi-Delhi flight: MP

When Star Air is expected to start its flight operations between Hubballi and Hindon near Delhi next month, under UDAN regional connectivity scheme, Air India has also proposed to start a flight between Hubballi and New Delhi via Mumbai.
Revealing this, MP Pralhad Joshi stated that Air India has shown interest to start Hubballi-Mumbai Delhi flight, impressed by the operations of flights from Hubballi to various places including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
Speaking after handing over a booklet on the achievements of the NDA government in last four years, to SSK Kamaripet Panch Committee members here on Friday, as part of the BJP's 'Sampark for Samarthan' campaign, he stated that 12 flights are now operating from Hubballi Airport, which has been upgraded.
13/07/18 Deccan Herald

CISF detects 1.25 lakh Riyal from lady passenger at Hyderabad Airport

New Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Thursday detected a lady passenger carrying huge foreign currency from a lady passenger at Hyderabad airport, who was bound to travel to Dubai.
On July 12, at around 1201 hrs, during Pre-Embarkation Security Check at Security Hold Area of Hyderabad Airport, a CISF personnel detected 251 Saudi Riyals in denomination of 500, totaling 1,25,500 Saudi Riyals worth around Rs 22,94,000 from handbag of a lady passenger, named Nusrat Jahan.
13/07/18 UNI

Mangaluru: Man arriving from Dubai caught with 697 grams gold at airport

Mangaluru: The customs officials at Mangaluru International Airport here thwarted an attempt to smuggle gold and arrested a passenger on Friday, July 13.
The accused passenger has been identified as Mohsin Abubakar, a native of Kasargod.
Mohsin arrived from Dubai on Friday by Air India flight IX 814.
13/07/18 daijiworld

CBI arrests BCAS officer, aviation security company CMD in Updendra Rai case

New Delhi: The CBI has arrested Assistant Director of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) Rahul Rathore and CMD of Air One Aviation Alok Sharma for allegedly facilitating the issuance of airport access pass to journalist Upendra Rai in alleged violation of norms, officials said today.

Both were taken into custody late last night in connection with the case registered in May this year against Rai and Chief Security Officer of the company Prasun Roy, they said.

It is alleged that Sharma and Rathore were part of conspiracy to cheat the BCAS and the Delhi International Airport (DIAL) and had fraudulently arranged a temporary and later a permanent Aerodrome Entry Pass (AEP) for Rai.

By getting the right to access all airports in the country, Rai jeopardised national security, the agency had said after filing of an FIR in May this year.
12/07/18 PTI/India Today

Gold worth Rs 55.75 lakh seized from four passengers at Trichy airport

Trichy: Customs officials at Trichy International Airport busted the latest modus operandi of gold smugglers and recovered 1.84kg of yellow metal in various forms, including gold powder mixed with a kind of paste.
On suspicion, the officials checked four passengers who arrived from Dubai in an Air India Express flight in the early hours of Thursday. The passengers have been identified as Nizam Mohidin, Abdul Harris, Mohammed Ashque and Mazhar Hussain. All of them are natives of Chennai.
13/07/18 D Vincent Arockiaraj/Times of India