Suraj wrote:From SSC India:
There's daylight between passenger numbers for Delhi/Mumbai and Blr/Hyd. Wonder why is that.
Kashi wrote:There's daylight between passenger numbers for Delhi/Mumbai and Blr/Hyd. Wonder why is that.
Singha wrote:a while back like a decade, chennai used to be nearly 2X that of blr ...
The proposed new civil aviation policy may finally take off — after being presented for the first time in November 2014. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has cleared the aviation policy for final Cabinet approval after months of debates and inter-ministerial consultations.
The draft policy was revised in October 2015. Public comments were thereafter invited. According to the revised draft, the government intends to create an ecosystem that will enable 30 crore domestic ticketing by 2022 and 50 crore by 2027. Similarly, it aims to increase international ticketing to 20 crore by 2027. The other goal of the government is to ensure safety and increase regional connectivity.
Below are the key takeaways of the draft aviation policy:
1. Introduction of new regional flights, allowing new carriers to fly abroad — with partial or full abolition of the 5/20 rule. Under the 5/20 rule, carriers need to have atleast five years of operational experience and a fleet of minimum 20 aircrafts to be allowed to fly abroad.
2. The Centre has proposed a regional connectivity scheme (RCS) by offering concessions to the airlines, incentivising them to fly on regional routes. The government has also proposed a fare cap at Rs 2500 for an hour’s flight on regional routes. As per the scheme, the Centre will fund 80% of the airline's losses and the rest will come from the states.
3. The draft proposes a regional connectivity fund to be set up by levying a 2% cess on domestic and international tickets.
4. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will try to create a single-window system for all aviation-related transactions, queries and complaints.
5. DGCA also intends to ensure real-time safety tracking and prompt incident reporting.
6. As per the draft, Indian carriers will be free to enter into code-share agreements with foreign carriers for any destination within India on a reciprocal basis. International code share between Indian and foreign carriers will also be completely liberalized, subject to Air Service Agreements (ASA), which India has with 109 countries, between India and the relevant country.
7. The government plans to liberalize the regime of bilateral rights, leading to greater ease of doing business and wider choice to passengers.
8. Revival of air strips, depending on demand, as no-frills airports will be done at a cost not exceeding Rs 50 crore, mostly through AAI. Requirement of 12% project IRR will be relaxed for revival of these airports, wherever the airport is under AAI control
9. MRO, ground handling, cargo and ATF infrastructure co-located at an airport will also get the benefit of ‘infrastructure’ sector, with benefits under Section 80-IA of Income Tax Act.
10. The government will promote the growth of Scheduled Commuter Airlines (SCA). The eligibility criteria for SCA in terms of paid-up capital will be kept at Rs 2 crore. SCA shall have aircraft with capacity of 100 seats or less. There will be no restrictions on number of aircraft for an SCA, but it would need to operate a minimum number of movements per week to RCS destinations as prescribed. SCAs will also be able to enter into code shares with other airlines.
MUMBAI: The main runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here was closed for operations after a Lufthansa flight suffered four tyre bursts late on Friday, officials said here on Saturday.
The Mumbai International Airport Ltd. has opened up the secondary runway for regular operations after the incident which led to flight delays or diversions as the main runway remained shut for nearly 15 hours till 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Officials were unsure when it would be reopened even as the Lufthansa Airlines officials were busy replacing the damaged tyres of the aircraft stranded on the main runway.
Four tyres of the landing gear of Airbus A-330 Munich-Mumbai flight LH764 were damaged after landing and the plane could not be moved. The incident took place around 10.45 p.m., the Lufthansa Airlines said in a statement on Saturday.
There were 163 passengers on board who were evacuated via stairs on the runway, and the return flight LH-765 of Saturday was cancelled, hitting the flight plans of 223 passengers. The airline was making efforts to rebook them on other flights.
The incident has hit flight operations with a Cathay Pacific cargo service being diverted to Hyderabad. Some other flights were compelled to offload cargo to operate from the secondary runway which does not enable a longer take-off run.
Another three services were delayed including an Air India flight and a United Airlines Mumbai-Newark flight. Emirates Airlines operated a B-777 instead of an A-380 while a Mumbai-Singapore flight SQ423 of Singapore Airlines with 427 passengers and 25 crew on board was also affected.
Singapore Airlines said passengers of the Airbus A-380 aircraft were provided with hotel accommodation and the revised departure plans of the flight would be determined after the main runway was opened for operations.
Singha wrote:^^ all these are hot air JVs . they will get make something if antonov lands a big deal here, which is very unlikely....nobody is even buying the ATR72 , EMB145 or bombardier offering in india lately.
Zynda wrote:Dunno whats going on but there seems to be perennial construction going on near car parking at BLR Airport. Has been there since last year. Airport has become very crowded...dropping off passengers is a pain...cabs dominate every inch of available road space...definitely need another terminal along with separate arrival/departure levels ASAP. Parking fees are quite expensive...100 INR for up to 1 hr!! Plus another 120 at toll booth...so far the elevated expressway is in good shape permitting consistent 85-90 Kph speed, which is awesome!
Zynda wrote:^^I am really excited for this baby. Hopefully they'll find success commercially and we'll see the type operating in numbers outside of FSU/Russia region. I think the first flight should be some time next year?
First it was the Chinese with their Comac C919...now Russia.
New Delhi: Air India's "books are so bad" that nobody will buy it even if the government wanted to sell off the national carrier, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said on Thursday.
Ruling out disinvestment in the carrier that has a debt of some Rs 50,000 crore, Mr Raju at the same time made it plain that the taxpayers' money cannot be committed "for eternity".
"Its (Air India) books are so bad. I don't think that even if it is offered, anybody would come for it," he said.
Grappling with mounting debts and tough business conditions, Air India has been in the red since the merger of then Air India and Indian Airlines in 2007 and is staying afloat on a Rs 30,000-crore bailout package extended by the erstwhile UPA regime.
Asserting that unlike others, he would not like to get into "Air India bashing", the Minister also said that the carrier needs to function in a more cohesive manner to deliver on its turnaround goals.
"It is a nice airline. I like Air India but I can't commit taxpayers' money for eternity. That is not done," Raju told PTI in an interview.
Buoyed by improving financial situation and high growth potential of the domestic aviation market, Air India is putting in plans to expand its fleet by another 100 aircraft in the next four years.
"My feeling is that the cohesiveness of the team has to increase and where they have worked as a team, they have delivered, and where they have not worked as a team, they have pulled in different sides. Nobody can put the clock back. The quicker they realise it the better," he noted.
While there has been no official announcement so far, the airline has managed to eke out an operational profit of around Rs 6-8 crore in the previous financial year.
"The fact that they have not made an operating loss speaks volumes," Mr Raju said.
Confident that the national airline has the capability of flying high, the Minister said it is working in that direction and in a veiled reference to criticisms, emphasised that he does not like the idea of Air India "bashing".
As per latest DGCA data, Air India ferried a total of 11.98 lakh passengers on its domestic network in April, cornering a market share of 15.1 per cent during this period.
NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the much-awaited civil aviation policy , which puts a cap of Rs 2500 for a one-hour flight on special routes and at the same time aims to extend air connectivity to more cites.
The Cabinet has also tweaked the 5/20 rule that prevented Indian airlines from flying overseas unless they have operated for at least five years and have a fleet of 20 aircraft.
Now, any domestic airline can start international operations if it puts higher of 20 aircraft or 20% of total capacity on domestic routes.
Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the new policy will be a "game-changer" and that the country's aviation sector is poised to become the world's third largest by 2022.
"The centrepiece of this policy is the BJP manifesto's promise of Regional Connectivity," he tweeted after the Cabinet meeting.
The new policy has a slew of passenger-friendly measures...
Here are the highlights of the new policy:
1. Under no circumstances can ticket cancellation charges be more than the "basic fare". Carriers also cannot levy additional charges to process refunds for flyers.
2. Airlines will have to refund all statutory taxes levied in the event of flight cancellations.
3. In case of checked-in baggage, the airlines would be charging Rs 100 a kg for baggage in excess of 15 kg and up to 20 kg. At present, Rs 300 is levied for every kg of baggage beyond the 15-kg limit. Only Air India allows free baggage up to 23 kg.
4. Airlines will, though, be free to charge any fee on the baggage beyond 20kg.
5. With regard to being denied a hotel room in the event a flight is overbooked, the government has proposed a compensation of up to Rs 20,000 subject to specific conditions.
6. No compensation will be paid if a passenger is informed about a flight cancellation at least two weeks before the scheduled departure of a flight, and if the airline has arranged another flight depending on the passenger's convenience. This would be applicable, subject to conditions, even in instances where the passenger has been informed about the cancellation less than two weeks before and up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the flight. In such cases, there would be no compensation if the carrier has arranged an alternate flight scheduled to depart within two hours of the scheduled departure of the cancelled flight.
7. For cancellations, the financial compensation would be Rs 5,000 or one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, whichever is lower, for flights having a block time of up to one hour. This amount would be Rs 7,500 in case of flights that have a block time of one to two hours. For flights that have a block time of more than two hours, the financial compensation would go up to Rs 10,000.
8. The option of holding a refund amount in credit by the airline would be decided by the passenger.
9. The onus of the refund of tickets which are booked through travel agent or portal will be on the carriers.
10. The refund process must be completed within 15 working days in case of domestic travel and 30 working days in case of international travel.
11. For foreign airlines, the refund must be in accordance with the regulations of their respective countries while the mode of refund will be governed by Indian norms.
12. Airlines should develop a procedure for making advance request for stretchers and those should be displayed on the airline's web site.
NEW DELHI, August 23. /TASS/. Russia and India are in talks over future purchases of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Aleksandr Potapov told Russian media in New Delhi in the wake of last week’s session of the Russian-Indian working group for modernization and industrial cooperation.
Russia and India are conducting proactive negotiations with a number of Indian air carriers over marketing Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner. Also in progress are consultations with India’s aviation authorities regarding the validation of SSJ 100 certificates," he said.
The absence of a firm contract with India is the main obstacle to validation, he added.
"At the same time we believe that this is a very promising area of cooperation and we agreed with the Indian partner to push ahead with the work in the same direction," Potapov said.
Production of India’s own regional plane may become an important joint project in civil aircraft building, he added.
"At India’s request we’ve sent our proposals for launching a joint venture with India’s government-run aircraft-building corporation Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to produce Ilyushin-114-300," Potapov said.
The KPMG consultancy in the middle of last April published a report saying that India by 2020 will not only rise to the position of the world’s third largest aircraft market after the United States and India but also get ahead of them to rise to first place by 2030. Experts attribute the potential for such considerable increase to population growth prospects, air traffic’s growing popularity (at the moment no more than 0.5% of India’s population use air carriers’ services) and lower jet fuel prices.
NEW DELHI: Flying Delhi to San Francisco (SFO) over the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic, as it had done till last week, has earned Air India the record of operating the world's longest nonstop flight.The Pacific route is almost 1,400km longer than the Atlantic one, and the flight covered 15,300 kilometres in 14.5 hours. Despite the route being longer, the flight took almost two hours less thanks to tailwinds — winds that blow in the same direction as an aircraft and thus make it go faster.
NEW DELHI - India's low-cost airline Spicejet plans to buy up to 205 next-generation Boeing planes worth $22 billion in a major deal to expand its domestic and international operations.
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