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  • Airlines seem to be in a doom loop, with excess capacity and not enough places to fly aircraft profitably.

    IndiGo has been aggressively expanding its operations and has started 11 overseas routes in the last one year. Recently, it placed an order for 300 more planes from Airbus and is also considering wide-body aircraft for long haul routes. IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, is the country's largest airline with a market share of 48.2% in September.

    An air traffic controller from Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority saved a plane flying from Jaipur to Muscat, after its pilot sounded alert due to bad weather. According to a report, the plane was flying over Karachi region on when it got caught in the middle of lightning and dropped down from an altitude of 36,000 feet-34,000 feet almost immediately.

    "The position has been reviewed and we are happy to note that the airlines have made substantial progress with regard to the directives issued dated October 28 and 29," DGCA said.

    The 70-year-old politician, who as a former military man attended the counter-insurgency and jungle warfare school in Assam in 1980, served as the defence secretary during his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa's tenure as president from 2005 to 2014.

    Since almost all services have already been re- scheduled between 6 PM and 10 AM, the project period would see cancellation of only five services during the major runway re-surfacing period, a statement from the airport said on Monday.

    IndiGo is Airbus' biggest client for A320neo planes, and while the P&W engines are fuel efficient there have been issues since they entered service in 2016, forcing the airline to ground its planes several times. In June, IndiGo dropped P&W in favour of French-U.S. engine venture CFM by agreeing a record $20 bn deal for more than 600 engines to power Airbus jets already on order.

    The move is aimed to empower the passengers at a time when air passenger ridership numbers are rising.

    "His family could not join him in India and hence Samir has decided to go back to his family," a GoAir spokesperson said.

    Chief Bhadauria said as the Chief of the Air Staff he assured the aviation medicine specialists that he would "solve the problem at the earliest." The IAF chief also spoke about the fatigue and lack of sleep among pilots due to mobile phones and social media.

    Taiwan's defense ministry said the southbound Chinese fleet passed into the Taiwan Strait but stayed on China's side of the waterway that separates the island from China. The ministry said Taiwan scrambled ships and jets to monitor the fleet. U.S. and Japanese ships were also following the Chinese fleet, the ministry said without giving details.

    ICAO had recently asked India to make DGCA licensing authority for ATC officers. Earlier, Airports Authority of India (AAI), which is also ATC service provider, had been licensing ATCOs. DGCA will license all 2500 current ATCOs by December, according to a senior DGCA official.

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