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Foreign airlines' flights will not be allowed at expense of Indian airlines: Aviation Minister
On September 28, Lufthansa had to cancel its flights between India and Germany from September 30 to October 20 as the DGCA withdrew permission for them saying there are restriction on Indians who want to travel to Germany and this puts "Indian carriers at a significant disadvantage resulting in inequitable distribution of traffic in favour of Lufthansa."
Airlines to operate 13,000 flights per week during winters
Indian airlines have already achieved over 55% of pre-COVID capacity with the Dire...
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With India’s policy of Neighbourhood First, there is an urgent ...
Indian airlines seek $1.5 billion interest-free credit line from government
Airlines including IndiGo, Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, SpiceJet and state-run carrier Air India, also want the government's help to persuade aircraft lessors to ease leasing terms, as well as a deferment of taxes and abolition of excise duty on aviation fuel, Hardeep Singh Puri said in a written statement to the parliament.
Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri hints at shutdown of Air Asia's Indian operations
“AirAsia’s shop is anyway shutting down,” Hardeep Singh Puri said in televised comments that were widely circulated on social media. “Their parent company has problems.”
Revenues of Indian airlines fell by 85.7% in April-June period due to COVID-19: Hardeep Singh Puri
Scheduled domestic flight services were suspended in India from March 25 to May 24 due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. They were resumed from May 25 but in a curtailed manner. The employee count at ground handling agencies fell by 22.44 per cent to 29,254 in April-July period, Puri said.
DGCA starts special safety audit of all Indian airlines
The DGCA has started a special safety audit of all Indian airlines, around two weeks after the plane crash in Kerala's Kozhikode in which 18 people were killed, a senior official of the aviation regulator said on Thursday.
Average daily airline passengers grow close to two times in the past three and a half months
According to analysts, this growth is largely because of discretionary or need-based travel. An analyst with a leading brokerage who wished to be unnamed said, “This is a pent-up demand. It includes travellers who were stranded in a particular location due to lockdown restrictions. It also includes travellers who planned visits to their relatives.
Offering free tickets on Vande Bharat flights would have further affected airlines' finances: Puri
The Central government had started the Vande Bharat mission on May 6 to help stranded people reach their destinations through special international flights on payment basis. Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23.
GoAir CCO quits, 3rd top level exit since August
The low fare carrier has, since its inception, seen frequent top level exits.
Domestic airlines fly high in September as demand soars but still far away from pre-Covid era
Average load factor has risen to about 70% at the top six scheduled airlines on the basis of data in the first nine days from 56% in July, industry experts estimated. The load factor is a measure of seats filled per flight and indicates demand.
Passenger demand for air travel to contract by 49% for Indian airlines in 2020: IATA
The passenger demand for air travel will contract by 49 per cent this year for Indian carriers in comparison to last year due to the COVID-19 crisis, said global airlines body IATA on Monday.
Indian airlines struggling hard as most costs are paid in US dollars: Vistara
"The reason why the airlines are struggling this hard is because a lot of our costs are all in USD. And with continually depreciating rupee, and as most of us (airlines) predominantly operate in the domestic market, there is obviously going to be a mismatch," Vistara's Chief Commercial Officer Vinod Kannan said.
AirAsia India partners with Avis to offer passengers car rental services
As there are restrictions on mobility, particularly in major Indian cities due to the coronavirus pandemic, flyers are turning to car rental and chauffeur-driven vehicles as a safe, private and flexible alternative to public transport, the airline said.
India's top court orders airlines to refund bookings during coronavirus lockdown
The lockdown, imposed on March 25, banned domestic and international travel, closed factories, schools, offices and all shops other than those supplying essential services. It caused extensive economic disruption and measures were eased from May as the virus was still spreading.