"Our members have been approaching us and want us to discuss a voluntary retirement scheme package with the government as it is expected that our job will be protected only for one year post privatisation. We are going to raise this issue at the meeting with the minister on Monday," an airline source told PTI.
A senior Air India pilot who was suspended in May last year after being accused of sexual harassment by a woman colleague was found guilty by an internal committee of the airline but has been reinstated recently, senior officials said. The committee imposed a "major penalty" on Captain Sachin Gupta, who has now appealed to the next authority against the punishment, they said.
As part of its concession agreement signed with Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL), the airport arm of the GMR group will finance, develop, operate and manage duty-free shops (DFS) at the Kerala's fourth international airport for seven years, a release said.
The government has almost finalised bid documents for the privatisation of Air India.
Hyderabad-based regional carrier TruJet on Friday commenced its daily flight operations from Belagavi to Tirupati, Mysuru and Hyderabad under the government's regional connectivity scheme UDAN, a release from Civil Aviation Ministry said.
The newly appointed Chairman of Airports Authority of India, Arvind Singh said that AAI will invest Rs. 25,000 crores in the next five years for building airport infrastructure, creating new facilities for passengers, new runways and upgradation of technology in the country.
Once India's biggest private carrier, Jet stopped flying in April after running out of cash, leaving thousands without jobs and pushing up air fares across the country. Shares of Jet Airways were trading 4.92 per cent lower than their previous close on BSE at Rs 45.40 apiece.
"The airline will operate a total of 10 daily direct flights connecting Dammam with Mumbai, Hyderabad and Trivandrum," IndiGo said on Thursday, adding it is part of its bid to expand international operations and strengthen presence in the Middle East.
While one initiative of moving to one ticket booking software for domestic flight bookings would save about Rs 519 crore in 2020, the other initiative of putting a bigger aircraft on Delhi-London route and smaller Dreamliner on Delhi-Washington route would add about Rs 100 crore to airline’s bottom line.
The airline hopes to pay the GST dues on Thursday, along with salary to employees. “We have raised the cash to pay for these things from our ticket sales. Hopefully, we will be able to send the engine to Vadodara once some GST dues are paid on Thursday, and then we raise the e-way bill required for that shipment,” said the official.
Tony Fernandes and others stand booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on charges of criminal conspiracy under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also probing allegations of money laundering. CBI registered the FIR on May 29, 2018 following a case registered by the ED on charges of money laundering.
High vibrations on yet another unmodified Pratt & Whitney (PW) engine forced an IndiGo Airbus A320 Neo flying from Pune to Jaipur to divert safely to Mumbai on Thursday morning. The Neo (VT-ITW) operating as 6E-6129 experienced high vibrations while passing through flight level 30,600 feet, say sources. Pilots brought this engine to idle and made a safe emergency landing at the nearest airport, that happened to be Mumbai, as twin-engine planes can land safely on one engine.
Synergy owns majority shares in airlines including Colombian carrier Avianca Holdings. The conglomerate had last time submitted an expression of interest in August after the August 10 deadline set by the resolution professional running the bid process.
The visiting team held a meeting with NIAL officials including CEO Arun Vir Singh during which a detailed presentation was made regarding the upcoming international greenfield airport, billed to be the biggest in India when fully operational.
In December, Air India chief told the ministry that the carrier's financial situation was "grossly untenable" for sustaining operations. Thus, the ministry asserted on Twitter,"MoCA reiterates that the Government, while going ahead with the disinvestment, would ensure that Air India continues to operate uninterruptedly and improves its operations also."
Aurangabad, which SpiceJet added as its 53rd domestic destination last year, will be connected with Ahmedabad with a daily flight. The fight is effective from 15th February 2020. The airline will add an additional frequency on the Mumbai-Mangalore-Mumbai sector.
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