Saturday, March 06, 2021

Canadian plane maker De Havilland wins $43 mn claim against SpiceJet

Mumbai: A UK high court has ruled in favour of Canadian aircraft manufacturer De Havilland in a contractual dispute with SpiceJet, saying that it is entitled to recover $42.9 million in liquidated damages from the airline.

The court gave this ruling after De Havilland sued SpiceJet for its failure to make pre-delivery payments for 14 Q-400 aircraft on order.

The aircraft manufacturer had served notice for termination of the purchase agreement and claimed $ 42.9 million in liquidated damages.

In a recent judgment, the High Court of Justice in the UK upheld the aircraft manufacturer’s claim that SpiceJet did not abide by terms of contract. The court also said De Havilland is entitled to claim $ 42.9 million in liquidated damages from the airline.

Under the Indian law a separate application has to be filed in a court for execution of judgment in a civil or commercial suit.

SpiceJet said is appealing against the order. “ The same court allowed appeal against the order and we shall be doing the same within the timeframe provided by the court,” an airline spokesperson said today.

SpiceJet operates passenger and freight versions of Q-400 aircraft manufactured by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. In 2017 it signed a purchase agreement for 25 Q-400 aircraft. It took delivery of five aircraft but failed to make pre-delivery payments (PDPs) for fifteen aircraft in the order.. It also did not take delivery of three of those planes ( number 6-8) resulting in a commercial dispute.

The bone of contention between the two sides relates to changes in the purchase terms. Under the amended terms scheduled delivery dates for aircraft 9- 25 were suspended. De Havilland said only delivery dates were suspended and there was no agreement to suspend the dates for pre-delivery payments in respect to those planes. SpiceJet countered by stating that liability to make those payments got automatically suspended upon suspension of delivery dates.

“It would not make business sense for the Defendant to be obliged to pay the PDPs if the deliveries were suspended,” the airline argued. SpiceJet also made a counter claim for damages against the plane maker and said it had failed to arrange financing for the aircraft.

This breach by De Havilland resulted in non payment of PDPs for three aircraft, it contended. However the court did not upheld the airline’s plea.

06/03/21 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard

In Last 6 Months, 2.2 Lakh Passengers Underwent RT-PCR Test at Mumbai Airport

The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) on Friday said that of 2.2 lakh passengers who underwent RT-PCR tests at the Mumbai airport in the last six months, 1,480 tested positive.

Over 81,000 passengers registered for the test in February, compared to 1,700 in September last year, when the facility was launched at the airport, Times of India reported.

The Maharashtra government has made RT-PCR test mandatory for travellers from Kerala, which has been reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases, to check the spread of the viral infection in the western state.

Kerala’s active cases touched 64,390 on Wednesday, the highest in the country.

The southern state also reported 5,980 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as per official figures. The decision of compulsory RT-PCR test for travellers from Kerala has come into effect from Wednesday, Maharashtra’s secretary for relief and rehabilitation (additional charge), Anoop Kumar, told PTI.

Kerala has been reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases and its active cases are as high as 64,000, he noted. “As a precautionary measure, the Maharashtra government has decided to make the RT-PCR test mandatory for travellers from Kerala,” the official said.

06/03/21 News18.com


Land acquisition for second phase of upcoming Jewar airport to start soon

Greater Noida: The land acquisition for the second phase of the upcoming Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) in Jewar area is likely to begin after the next cabinet meeting. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to keep the Jewar airport project on top priority.

As the assembly elections are scheduled for early next year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of the state wants to start the construction of the airport as soon as possible as the project has already been delayed for a year due to coronavirus lockdowns and flight bans.

“The work for phase one of the upcoming international airport is hopefully going to begin from April this year. As the work begins, land acquisition for the second phase will start. The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has emphasized on completion of the airport project as soon as possible as it will bring a slew of developments in the state,” said Dhirendra Singh, MLA, Jewar, Greater Noida.

In the meantime, the district administration has identified 1,310 hectare of land for acquisition for the second phase of the project. Six villages—Karaoli Bangar, Dayanatpur, Kuraib, Ranhera, Mudhrah and Veerampur—have been identified for land acquisition.

06/03/21 Abhishek Anand/India Today

140 Indian nationals repatriated on special flight

The High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam, in coordination with the Indian Associations and regional partner organisations in the Sultanate, arranged the 11th repatriation flight with 140 passengers yesterday. The flight from Brunei Darussalam to Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India was operated by Royal Brunei Airlines.

The high commission has so far assisted in the repatriation of 1,525 passengers by special flights, an initiative that began on July 3, 2020.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar and officials from the high commission were present to see off the departing passengers.

06/03/21 Borneo Bulletin

Uzbekistan Airlines Announces Direct Flights Between Delhi and Tashkent Under Air Bubble Pact

India recently signed air bubble arrangement with Uzbekistan, increasing the number of countries under air bubble agreement to 27. Under the pact, International flights from both the sides will fly between the two countries and following the same, Uzbekistan Airlines has announced direct flight to and from India starting today, March 5. Uzbekistan Airlines has announced bi-weekly flights connecting Tashkent to Delhi.

The flight from Tashkent to Delhi will fly on Tuesday and Friday, every week, starting at 2.35 AM and landing at 6.05 AM. Similarly, the flights will fly back on same days, i.e. Tuesday and Friday starting from Delhi at 9 AM and will reach Tashkent 11.30 AM (All local time).

India has now formalized air bubble arrangements with a total of 27 countries adding places like Russia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Oman on the list along side earlier done agreements with countries like USA, Canada, France, Germany, among others.

Minister of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri earlier mentioned that Government is in discussion with more countries for similar arrangements. Air Bubble agreement is a bilateral air corridor being established between various countries to ease travel restrictions amidst travel ban imposed by various countries due to coronavirus.

Despite the ban, India was among the first few nations to start repatriation drive as early as May to bring back stranded Indians. Soon after, Air Bubbles were established to further ease the travel. Till now, govt has facilitated the repatriation and international travel of over 6 million people through different means since 6th May 2020.

06/03/21 News18.com

Man Causes Panic at Delhi Airport by Declaring Himself Covid Positive Minutes Before Take-off

A man who boarded an IndiGo flight to Maharashtra's Pune city at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport caused panic minutes before take off after declaring he was COVID positive, an airport official said on Saturday.

Speaking to Sputnik, the airport official – requesting anonymity – said that the incident took place on Thursday evening. The plane was temporarily grounded as a result. 

"The passenger was on board in flight 6E 286 of IndiGo that was scheduled to take off for Pune from Delhi airport at 5.30pm [local time]. After completing the boarding procedure of the passengers, the flight had pushed back and left the tarmac when the incident took place," the official said.

He explained that as the plane was moving towards the runway, the passengers informed the flight crew that he had just received his Covid-19 report, which showed he was positive.

"The pilot in command was informed about the passenger who in turn alerted the air traffic control and requested a return to the parking lot. The aircraft, that had already reached the runway. A medical team at the airport rushed to the reached the aircraft and de-boarded the passenger as per health ministry guidelines," the official revealed.

All passengers disembarked and the aircraft was thoroughly sanitised. 

“A thorough fumigation was carried out. All contact points were sanitised, and the entire plane was cleaned. Only after that the rest of the passengers were allowed to board again. The flight finally took off after a delay of one and a half hours,” the official added.

IndiGo did not confirm the total number of passengers or crew members onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident. 

06/03/21 Advitya Bahl/Sputnik

Woman passenger rescued from smugglers

Trichy: A woman passenger who landed at Trichy international airport from Dubai on Thursday morning was ‘abducted’ allegedly by a five-member gang of gold smugglers. However, swift action by Trichy city police led to her rescue and arrest of two of the accused.

According to police, the woman, Mumtaj, 30, from Sankarapuram, Kallakurichi, claimed she was given a pair of socks by an ‘unknown’ person at the Dubai airport.

She said she reportedly sensed that there was gold in paste form inside the socks. Fearing arrest, she returned it to the person and left for India.

However, as she came out of Trichy airport, a gang approached her and asked for the gold given by the person in Dubai. Since she feigned ignorance about it, they bundled her into a car and took her to a hotel.

Meanwhile, acting on a complaint from her younger brother M Sudhakar from airport colony, a police team led by the airport police inspector M Periyasamy launched a search and traced them to a hotel in Trichy city. “We rescued the woman and arrested two people. Search is on for the others,” Periyasamy said.

Police suspect that the owner of the hotel where the woman was lodged may have had a hand in the abduction. The gang members have been cvidentified as N Mubarak Ali from Kambarasampettai in Trichy district, J Shahul Hameed, Mubarak Ali and Nagoor Gani from Mela Chinthamani, Trichy district and Anwar from Pandamangalam, Namakkal district.

06/03/21 Times of India

Friday, March 05, 2021

Are the infamous Gupta Brothers of South Africa secretly buying Jet Airways?

New Delhi: Are the Gupta Brothers of South Africa backing Murari Lal Jalan who bid to buy Jet Airways? Gupta brothers are facing many cases of corruption, bribery in South Africa and the United States has banned any business dealings with them. 

Read the first disclosure of Zee News >>

India now has over 700 commercial aircraft: DGCA

New Delhi: India's civil aviation sector, which was heavily battered by the Covid-19 pandemic, added over 20 aircraft during the year 2020.

The inductions are considered to be a sign of revival as well as airlines reposing their faith in the long-term growth potential of the industry.

Cumulatively, the country's domestic airlines increased their fleet by 21 aircraft last year, taking the total count to well above the 700-mark.

In a conversation with IANS, Arun Kumar, Director General of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said: "Despite the pandemic, domestic airlines added new aircraft to their fleets. "The country's total commercial aircraft fleet reached 716 by the end of the last year."

As per official figures, India had 695 aircraft at the beginning of 2020. Last year, 73 aircraft were added while 52 were sent back to the lessors by the airlines.

Recently, the Centre had notified the aircraft leasing business in India. The move is expected to give an imputes to the airlines for adding further capacity at cheaper cost.

In contrast to the capacity augmentation, the domestic airlines at present can only deploy up to 80 per cent of the per-Covid flight capacity. This restriction is set to be revoked once consistent per-Covid air passenger traffic level is achieved.

On the domestic traffic front, Kumar said: "We are seeing growth patterns in air travel but these trends are not consistent. It seems some more time is required for a consistent growth trend. Nevertheless, we see a sequential growth taking place. Lower base from March 2020 onwards will help in pushing up the growth trajectory."

Lately, passenger traffic had contracted in view of the Covid scare regarding air travel, economic slowdown and capacity constraint.

Nonetheless, stable airfares, passengers' rising confidence levels in the bio-safety measures for air travel along accelerated revival of economic activity have triggered the growth momentum of the sector.

In January, on a year-on-year basis, the air passenger traffic had dropped by 39.50 per cent to 77.34 lakh from 127.83 lakh reported for the corresponding period of the previous year.

On a sequential basis, domestic passenger traffic rose 5.55 per cent in January to 77.34 lakh passengers from 73.27 lakh reported for December 2020.

In a recent traffic report, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that India's year-on-year domestic air passenger growth rate plunged by 37.6 per cent in January 2021.

05/03/21 Rohit Vaid/IANS/Daijiworld

India allots 68% of repatriation flights to GCC in new schedule

New Delhi: The biggest slice of the ongoing phase of repatriation flights for Indians affected by coronavirus disruptions worldwide has been set apart for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Anurag Srivastava, the spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said here on Friday.

The latest phase of these repatriation flights, known as the "Vande Bharat Mission," (VBM) began on March 1 and will last till March 28. Slightly more than 1,350 international flights are scheduled to be operated from 28 countries in this phase, enabling an estimated 260,000 Indians to travel home.

Of these, nearly 920 flights accounting for 68 percent of the total are from GCC countries, Srivastava said. Until yesterday, about 6.15 million Indians from all over the world have been repatriated, a large bulk of them owing to coronavirus disruptions since the VBM flights began on 7th May last year.

Repatriation under the VBM is made up of Indian government-owned carriers, Indian private airlines, foreign carriers, chartered flights, naval ships, and land border crossings. Srivastava said India presently has bilateral air bubble arrangements with 27 countries including five GCC states.

05/03/21 Saudi Gazette

Pilots brace for tough landing at Chennai airport

Chennai: It's that time of the year when pilots flying into Chennai will expect a go-around as soaring temperatures will make the airport notorious for wind shear and crosswind.

With the temperature in the suburbs edging closer to 35°C making the day hot and humid, pilots who fly into the city have started to experience turbulence while landing. "This is the season when landing is tough at the airport. There will be wind shear because the ground heats up fast. Usually, the trend of sudden shift in the wind at low level will start in the second week of March. We fly carefully, ready for corrective action," said a pilot.

Incidence of wind shear has been increasing at the airport in the past few years during summer while constant presence of crosswinds has made pilots wonder whether the wind direction is changing gradually.

"Planes float away because of the sudden shift in wind. Information about wind shear and crosswind will come from the airport but we also check with pilots who have landed to find out about their experience," said another pilot.

05/03/21 Times of India

Adani Airports installs Kale’s air cargo handling system across network

Kale Logistics Solutions announced that Adani Airports has implemented its airport cargo handling system - GALAXY in various airports across India where it won the mandate to operate.

The Adani Group forayed into the airport sector in 2019 and won the mandate to modernize and operate six Indian airports – Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram. The company is also in the final stages of acquiring majority stakes in the Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) which makes it the largest operator in terms of the number of airports managed with a combined capacity of catering to approximately 75 million passengers per annum (MPAs).

The cloud-based GALAXY is a holistic cargo handling software covering operations for import, export and transit. “With GALAXY, users can experience complete automation, clear visibility, control, collaboration, and seamless integration within the stakeholder network. It is used at 80+ airports in the USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India,” said the release.

Amar More, CEO of Kale Logistics Solutions said, “It’s a privilege to partner with the sought-after global conglomerate like Adani. GALAXY today digitizes more than 80 percent of India’s air cargo and over 80 cargo terminals globally. This project was a challenging one with the system to be implemented across two airports within 2 months.”

05/03/21 ITLN

Fog delays flights at Vij airport

Vijayawada: Dense fog on the runway has become a major concern for in-bound flights at Vijayawada International Airport. Several flights have been delayed or diverted in the last ten days as airport authorities, along with IMD, continue to monitor the situation closely for the safety of passengers.

Movement of flights has increased at Vijayawada after business activities were restored across the state but flight operations in the early hours have been affected as a result of fog. As per DGCA norms, a minimum visibility of 1,000 meters is mandatory for aircraft landing. However, visibility at the airport during early hours can be as low as 270 meters making landing of flights a tough proposition.

Airport director Madhusudan Rao said the weather is changing rapidly and they are unable to predict the situation on the runway. “Visibility at the airport at 6 am on Wednesday was 1,100 meters and we permitted take-off for a few flights but dense fog covered the runway by 7.15 am and visibility came down to 265 meters. Even the IMD is not able to predict the situation of fog on the runway,” he said.

05/03/21 Venu Lanka/Times of India

Sri Lanka Air Force gets first-hand feel of India's Tejas

Sri Lanka Air Force got first hand feel of India's indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas as Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy participate in their 70th anniversary in Colombo.

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria also visited Colombo on Thursday to take part in Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) 70th anniversary and also to strengthen bilateral relationship and open up newer avenues of mutual interest.

IAF and Indian Navy participated in the Aerobatic Display by Sarang (Advance Light Helicopter), Surya Kiran (Hawks), Tejas Fighter Aircraft, Tejas Trainer and the Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

A total of 23 aircraft of the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are participating in the event.

The detachment for the Aerobatic Display arrived in Colombo on February 27, 2021, with the support of C17 Globe Master and C130J transport aircrafts of Indian Air Force.

The deployment of such wide variety and huge inventory of aircrafts and helicopters of IAF and Indian Navy is testimony to the strong bonds of friendship and close interoperability shared between the corresponding forces of India and Sri Lanka services," the Indian government said.

05/03/21 IANS/Economic Times


New Zealand resident left with no choice but to fly to 'Covid-19 ridden India' after his wife refused entry after a year of marriage

A New Zealand resident has had to abandon his work to join his wife in “Covid-19 ridden” India to prove their relationship is genuine.

Ketan Barhate​ married Kalindi Chaudhari​ through an arranged marriage in India in November 2019, but had to return to work in Hawke's Bay as a manager of Clearview Estate – his place of work for six years – shortly after.

Originally from India, Barhate has lived in New Zealand for nine years and had residency since 2016.

The pair applied for a partnership visa once married, but it was declined, as they had not been together long enough – which the couple accepted.

Chaudhari was instead offered a general visitor’s visa by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) on March 5, but not a Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa (CAMV visa).

Lawyer Mark Luscombe, who began assisting the couple last August, said they were given 24 hours to accept the visitor’s visa, which they did.

On March 19, 2020​, she was halted at Mumbai airport as New Zealand closed its borders due to Covid-19.

“No one knew Covid-19 was coming and so an unintended consequence of this error on their part, and of INZ not granting a culturally arranged marriage visa as an alternative (which was an option) is the awful situation they have now,” Luscombe said.”

“It was open to INZ to grant the culturally arranged marriage visa being more appropriate to their circumstances but did not offer that at all – hence Kalindi being left stranded at the departure gate,” Luscombe said.

Applications for a CAMV visa could be made within three months of marriage, but the couple’s realisation came too late.

They were separated for a year due to the pandemic and continued attempts to gain Chaudhari entry.

But after multiple failures, Barhate finally boarded a plane in January this year to be with his wife. The pair have now been living together in his parents’ home for two months, with another partnership visa application made.

05/03/21 Georgia-May Gilbertson/Stuff

A passage to India: Here’s how Indian MROs could end up servicing the world’s aircraft

VT-IEY, VT-SZB and VT-TTD, aircraft registered with IndiGo, Spicejet and Vistara, respectively, were at the same airport for a couple of days. While it would have seemed normal at any Indian airport, this was at Queen Alia International airport, Amman. There is no connectivity between India and Jordan, neither Indian carriers nor Jordanian ones fly to each other’s countries. These aircraft were at Joramco for maintenance, undergoing re-delivery checks before being released by the respective fleets.

For many years, Air Works was the only MRO worth its salt in India. Located at Hosur, near Bengaluru, the MRO was certified to carry out checks for B737 series and the A320 family of aircraft, which is the mainstay of Indian aviation. A couple of years ago, Air Works was joined by GMR Aero Technic at Hyderabad.

At the end of December 2020, IndiGo had 111 A320ceo aircraft in its fleet. The airline is expected to retire all of them by the end of 2022 or early 2023. Almost every aircraft makes a visit to the MRO before leaving the fleet to meet the redelivery conditions laid out in the leasing contract.

Spicejet has over 200 B737 MAX on order while GoAir has over 100 A320neo, which are yet to be delivered. This will see replacement of older aircraft in the respective fleets, something that will require MRO services.

Redelivery is not the only time MRO services are needed. While airlines handle the A and B checks on their own, the C and D check is typically outsourced. While IndiGo is building a hangar at Bengaluru where it will be able to handle these maintenance needs, it may not be sufficient for its entire fleet and the airline will continue to rely on external parties.

Over the next few years, the active fleet count in India will increase from 700 to over 1,200, the majority of which will be narrowbody B737 series and A320 family aircraft, which are catered to by the likes of Air Works and GMR Aero Technic.

While airlines and airports were left in the lurch in the Budget, the stimulus during the peak of Covid-19 had seen the GST rate being reduced to 5 percent for domestic Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services. This was also followed by 100% percent FDI being permitted in MROs via the automatic route.

While the lower taxation helps to go closer to rates offered by foreign MROs, the 100 percent FDI is only an exit route and not a way to build a business.

05/03/21 Ameya Joshi/Moneycontrol

Inaugural flight at UP's Bareilly airport on March 8

Bareilly: Flight operations at the much-awaited Bareilly airport at Civil Enclave are likely to start on March 8. It will be the eighth airport to operate in Uttar Pradesh after Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Prayagraj and Hindon.

The Airport Authority of India officially announced the “inaugural flight at 8:55 am from Bareilly to Delhi on International Women’s Day". Flights will then operate on the route every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March 10 onwards.

Under the Centre's flagship Regional Connectivity Scheme, flights are scheduled to be operated by Alliance Air. Besides, plans are afoot to operate flights by IndiGo Airlines on Bareilly-Mumbai and Bareilly-Bengaluru routes, later in April.

On Thursday, airport director of Bareilly, Rajeev Kulsrestha told TOI, “An inaugural flight run by Alliance Air will be taking off from Bareilly to Delhi on March 8. The flight will depart at 8:55 am and reach Delhi at 9:55 am. It will depart from Delhi on the same day at 11 am to reach Bareilly at 12 pm. Thereafter, flights will operate on the route every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the departing time from Bareilly will be at 9 am. From Delhi, the flight will depart at 10:30 am and reach Bareilly by 11:30 am. The airlines will be using ATR 72 aircraft and the fare for the route will be Rs 1,956.”

The UP government will give a number of sops to the airline such as viability gap funding, free electricity up to 4,000 units, waiver on VAT (ARF) for 10 years, besides, security and fire services. Road connectivity, bus services and ambulance services will be also provided by the state.

05/03/21 Maria Khan/Times of India

Airline to start city ops with eye on Cooch Behar market

Kolkata: A new airline is set to fly into Kolkata next month. After lockdown, FlyBig will be the second airline to start operations in the city. International airline Fly Dubai had started services between Dubai and Kolkata in November 2020.

FlyBig, a regional airline with its hub in Indore, plans to connect Kolkata with Rupsi in Assam’s Kokrajhar and Guwahati from April 1. The airline will also connect Dibrugarh and Tezpur in Guwahati, Pasighat and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh, Aizawl in Mizoram, Shillong in Meghalaya and Agartala in Tripura. Sources in the airline said the flight to Rupsi will tap into the Cooch Behar market. Residents of Cooch Behar town now have to travel five-six hours to take a flight to Kolkata from Bagdogra. The travel time will reduce substantially as Rupsi is an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Cooch Behar town.

Though Cooch Behar has an airport, the runway isn’t long enough to allow operation of regional airlines. Only small planes with capacity of less than 20 passengers can operate from there, something that some non-scheduled operators, like North-East Airlines, had proposed. But commercial flights were never operated as the sector was unviable.

Promoted by Gurugram-based Big Charter Pvt Ltd, FlyBig, which began operations in December 2020, focuses on connecting tier-2 cities within India. It is a full-service carrier and serves meals on board and allows 15kg luggage per passenger.

Travel Agents Association of India chairman (east) Manav Soni welcomed the new airline. “This is a positive development. Since tourism will now be inland instead of overseas, the airline will open up vacation places in the northeast,” said Soni.

05/03/21 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India

For the second day in a row, Dubai flyer smuggles in gold-coated screws and rods at Bengaluru Airport

Bengaluru: For the second consecutive day, gold was smuggled into Bengaluru using rods and screws by a flyer from Dubai. The Air Intelligence Unit of the Airport Customs seized nearly 150.5 grams of gold valued at over Rs 5 lakh from a native of Chikkamagaluru at the Kempegowda International Airport on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old passenger had landed in Bengaluru by an Air India Express flight (AI 1246) from Dubai at 3.45 pm.  

A senior Customs official said the gold was smuggled using various items brought by the passenger in both his check-in luggage and hand baggage. "The rods were coated with many substances including gold while 23 screws were coated with gold and mercury and concealed in trolley bags. Two gold finger rings were concealed by coating them using copper and silver while a small quantity was concealed in a metallic strip hidden in a laptop," he said. 

On Tuesday (March 2), the Customs had seized a total of 360.13 grams of gold valued at Rs 17.14 lakh, from another flyer coming from Dubai to KIA. "The passenger had 42 screws and 4 rods which were coated with many metals including gold which were concealed in the beading of the check-in baggage," another official said. The flyer had reached the city by an Emirates flight (EK 564) around 12.30 pm. "Scanning of the baggage helped in identifying the concealed gold," he added.

05/03/21 New Indian Express