Archer and Interglobe plans air taxi to cut down travel time in Indian cities

EVTOLs, or air taxis, take off and land vertically, just like a conventional helicopter. But since they’re electric, they produce fewer emissions and they’re potentially much quieter. The electric power train enables the propulsion to be distributed across multiple small rotors, which rotate more slowly, rather than relying on a single fast rotor.


Rescheduling tickets because of Dubai deluge pinches travellers

Unprecedented torrential rain and thunderstorms battered Dubai earlier this week disrupting its bustling airport operations, and triggering a domino effect globally, including for travellers from Ahmedabad. Many from the city travel to Dubai for business. As many such travellers were compelled to reschedule their travel, booking tickets afresh is turning into an expensive affair, said Shah.


Emirates suspends flights transiting through Dubai after storm

​​The suspension showed the airline and its hub, Dubai International Airport, were still struggling to clear a backlog of flights after the UAE saw its heaviest rains in the 75 years records have been kept, bringing much of the country to a standstill for two days and causing significant damage.


All domestic flights at Lucknow airport to be operational from Terminal 3 now

At present, Indigo Airlines, Air India, Vistara, Air India Express, Air Asia India, Fly Big and Star Air operate their domestic flights from Terminal 2 but from Sunday, April 21, they will shift their entire domestic operations to Terminal 3. The airport will be deploying Customer Service Associates and signages at strategic decision-making points near airport to guide domestic passengers towards T3, including at the Airport Metro station.


China opens new air routes near Taiwanese islands

Taiwan's government expressed anger in January after China "unilaterally" changed a flight path called M503 close to the sensitive median line in the Taiwan Strait. The new routes to Xiamen and Fuzhou connect to the M503 flight route. The median line had for years served as an unofficial demarcation between Chinese-claimed Taiwan and China and was not crossed by combat aircraft from either side.


IndiGo issues travel advisory amid record rainfall in Dubai

As heavy rain lashes the Gulf nation, the Indian Embassy in Dubai emphasised on Thursday that they are in constant touch with UAE authorities and airlines, facilitating connections between stranded Indian passengers and their families. They further stated that relief measures have been extended in association with Indian community organizations.


Alaska Air forecasts strong profit on rebound in business travel

The airline, the operator of the Boeing plane that suffered a mid-air cabin blowout in January, also reported a smaller loss in the first quarter, despite a USD 162 million impact from the more-than-two-week grounding of its 737 MAX 9 aircraft. Alaska's shares were up about 5 per cent at USD 44.95 in morning trade.


Noida International Airport conducts first calibration flight to test navigation systems

The first phase of development of the upcoming international airport in Noida will cost INR 10,056 crore and so far, around INR 7,100 crore has already been spent on it, PTI has reported. The first phase of the airport, being developed in 1,300 hectares, is scheduled to open for flight operations by September.


Air India to fly its new A350 on Delhi-Dubai route from May 1

Passengers traveling between Delhi and Dubai with Air India starting May 1, 2024, will have the opportunity to experience the luxurious A350 in its striking new livery. Operating as flight AI995/996, the aircraft will depart from Delhi daily at 20:45hrs, landing in Dubai at 22:45hrs. The return journey from Dubai will take off at 00:15hrs and reach Delhi at 04:55hrs the next day, all timings local.


Slow recovery as Dubai airport, roads still plagued by floods

Some 1,244 flights were cancelled and 41 diverted on Tuesday and Wednesday, after torrential rains flooded the Middle East financial centre including its runways and highways. Traffic congestion remained severe on Thursday, two days after the storms, with at least one major highway completely blocked by water and multiple other junctions and routes also cut off by flooding.


First for India: Vistara finances 2 aircraft from GIFT City

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) had advised Standard Chartered on the financing of two A320neos, "utilising a unique structuring through Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) using an entity which is not a wholly owned subsidiary of the airline. This landmark transaction is one of the first commercial aircraft finance transactions to be structured through GIFT," an official said.


Spanish airlines increase capacity as they expect record summer demand

From the beginning of April to the end of October, the group has scheduled up to 758,000 flights, 9 per cent more than in the same period in 2023 with a total capacity of up to 240 million seats. "Everything seems to indicate that we will have record numbers again this summer in terms of demand. People are travelling more than before despite inflationary tensions," Javier Gandara, head of the Spanish Airlines Association, told a news conference.


Bengaluru airport registers 15 pc rise in passenger traffic in 2023-24

The Bengaluru airport registered 15 per cent passenger traffic growth in 2023-24 on a yearly basis. In a statement released by the Bengaluru airport, it was revealed that during 2023-24, the airport played host to 32.86 million domestic passengers and 4.67 million international passengers, highlighting its significance as a crucial gateway for both domestic and international travel.


Mumbai airport to remain closed for 6 hours on May 9 owing to runway maintenance

The Mumbai International airport said it has collaborated closely with airlines, aviation authorities, and other stakeholders to ensure minimal inconvenience to passengers. By leveraging technology and adhering to a strict schedule, the airport aims to complete the maintenance activity within 6 hours on May 9, 2024, facilitating uninterrupted business operations.


Middle East crisis: Civil aviation ministry asks airlines to carry out risk assessment on flight operations

Amid rising tensions in the Middle East, airlines including Air India, Vistara, and IndiGo have altered flight paths to avoid Iranian airspace. The Civil Aviation Ministry has advised carriers to conduct their own risk assessments. The geopolitical situation may lead to longer routes, increased fuel costs, and potential airfare hikes for international flights.


Thiruvananthapuram airport registers record increase in number of passengers

This is also one of the highest ever pax numbers in the history of Thiruvananthapuram Airport, it said. Out of 4.4 million passengers, 2.42 million were domestic and 1.98 million were international. Sharjah tops the list of international destinations and Bengaluru in domestic, it said. The ATMs during FY 2023-24 at 29,778 were 23 per cent higher than the 24,213 ATMs handled during the previous fiscal.


FLY91 expands network with Agatti and Jalgaon routes

Commencing operations from April 18, 2024, FLY91 will operate four weekly flights from Goa to Agatti Island Airport and thrice-weekly flights between Goa, Jalgaon, and Hyderabad. The launch of these routes by FLY91 coincides with the domestic summer holiday season, offering travellers more options to explore diverse destinations within India.


Delhi airport among world's top 10 busiest airports: ACI

Releasing the list on Monday, the ACI also said the global total passenger forecast for 2023 stands close to 8.5 billion (850 crore), reflecting a remarkable recovery of 93.8 per cent from pre-pandemic levels and 27.2 per cent higher than 2022. "Notably, international traffic recovery drew nearer to that of domestic traffic, emphasising its essential role in propelling the industry's resurgence and expansion," it said.


Demand for private jets, choppers jumps up to 40% during election season; operators hike hourly rates

While the demand has surged compared to the normal times and previous election years, there is lesser number of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters available. Some of the operators are looking to take planes and helicopters on wet lease. Gelli said the use of helicopters is being seen more in bigger states like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.


Delhi Airport's plan to convert Terminal 2 to international terminal delayed to early next year

The proposed conversion of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 2 into an all-international terminal has been postponed to early next year, citing challenges faced during the winter season. Terminal 1's expansion is expected to be operational by June 2024, with plans to address international flight constraints. Airlines are urging flexibility in handling international flights amidst India's booming air traffic growth.


Middle East crisis: Air India suspends Tel Aviv flights; airlines avoid Iranian airspace

Air India, Vistara, IndiGo e inte and some international airlines are avoiding Iranian airspace and have opted for alternative paths for their flights to the West. With the revised flight paths chosen after taking safety and security into consideration, the duration of some flights has increased by around half an hour.


IndiGo enhances international connectivity with new flights between Abu Dhabi & Chandigarh

This strategic addition to IndiGo’s route network aims to strengthen international connectivity by offering seamless and convenient travel options between the thriving capital city of the United Arab Emirates and the vibrant beauty of Chandigarh. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, boasts a range of attractions including the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ferrari World, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Yas Island.


Akasa Air expands network to Prayagraj as the heritage city becomes its 22nd destination

The airline is set to commence daily flights between Mumbai and Prayagraj from May 25, 2024, enhancing connectivity and accessibility between these key cities. This development reinforces Akasa Air's commitment to strengthening its presence in North India, with Prayagraj being the fourth city in Uttar Pradesh to join its network.


Bird Group to manage ground handling services at Noida International airport

Aligned with Noida International Airport's commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions, Bird Group will deploy electric-powered ground service equipment (GSE). This move is aimed at reducing the airport's carbon footprint, paving the way for more sustainable and eco-friendly operations. The airport is expected to start operations by end of this year.


Air India expands Southeast Asia reach with New Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City route

The launch of this route is strategically aimed at strengthening Air India's presence in Southeast Asia while catering to the growing demand for travel between India and Vietnam. It also presents an opportunity for Vietnamese travellers to access Air India's global network, creating seamless connections for passengers from the United States, Canada, UK, and Europe via Delhi.


After quitting SpiceJet as COO, Arun Kashyap launches aircraft charter company

Airavat Aviation is already present in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In a statement, Sirius India Airlines said it will in collaboration with Airavat Aviation initially operate a Hawker 4000 aircraft and plans to have a fleet of three planes this financial year. The JV aims to provide charters and fractional ownership in India, and globally.


Air India dealt blow as aircraft technicians plan strike

Technicians at AI Engineering Services Ltd. — a state-run maintenance, repair and overhaul firm and an erstwhile Air India unit — will strike on April 23 due to various issues affecting their “well-being” and “professional growth,” All India Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Union wrote in a letter dated April 8 to the chief executive officer.


US officials probing Boeing whistleblower claims on 787, 777

Federal aviation authorities are investigating claims by a Boeing engineer that the 787 Dreamliner suffers from assembly defects that threaten safety, US officials said Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the investigation after the claims were outlined in a New York Times article describing charges from Salehpour, who has been at Boeing more than 10 years.


Air India & Bengaluru airport sign MoU to develop domestic lounge & MRO facilities

This collaboration between Air India, Tata Group airlines (AIX and Vistara), and BIAL is set to revolutionise the aviation landscape over the next five years. The key components of this strategic partnership include bolstering international connectivity, optimizing operational efficiency, and elevating the passenger experience at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB or BLR airport).


Airlines struggle with lack of planes as summer travel set to hit record levels

Air carriers are spending billions on repairs to keep flying older, less fuel-efficient jets, and paying a premium to secure aircraft from lessors. But some carriers are still being forced to trim their schedules to cope with the lack of available planes. At the same time, the number of travelers globally is set to hit historic levels, with 4.7 billion people expected to travel in 2024 compared with 4.5 billion in 2019.


ITA Airways launches new non-stop flight between Chicago & Rome

In its current Summer 2024 schedule, the Chicago-Rome route will operate six weekly flights initially, increasing to seven in June. This expansion, coupled with new intercontinental routes like Toronto-Rome, reflects ITA Airways' commitment to offering diverse travel options and strengthening its global network. ITA Airways' strategic focus on intercontinental expansion is evident with plans to launch nonstop flights to various destinations across North America, Africa, and the Middle East.


Supply chain issue can cause surge in domestic airfares affecting travel demand

Travel demand is outpacing the seat capacities in airlines. Air travellers will need to either cancel or bear more than usual costs for air tickets. With many planes grounded due to technical difficulties or due to unavailability of required pilots there will be a surge in ticket costs affecting the travel demand.


Digi Yatra at Dabolim airport by month-end

The Digi Yatra system used the passenger's face for the boarding process, eliminating the need for physical documents like ID proof, which were checked manually by the security officials. This makes the flight boarding process significantly faster and seamless as each passenger only needs less than 3 seconds at every touchpoint, said the authorities.


Vistara scaling back operations by 10 pc, expects to reach stablity in operation, says airlines

"We are carefully scaling back our operations by around 25-30 flights per day, i.e. roughly 10 per cent of the capacity we were operating. This will take us back to the same level of flight operations as at the end of February 2024, and provide the much-needed resilience and buffer in the rosters," the Vistara spokesperson told ANI


Red Sea International Airport welcomes first overseas flight, sets sight on sustainable tourism

Red Sea International Airport (RSI), which has been servicing domestic flights since September 2023, is designed to provide seamless connectivity to The Red Sea. Luxury resorts like Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea, and St. Regis Red Sea Resort are already operational, with more set to open this year, including the Nujuma Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Shebara, and Desert Rock.


Pilots' unions flag work culture concerns at Tata Group airlines

IPG represents Air India pilots operating the airlines' wide-body fleet while ICPA represents pilots operating the single aisle aircraft.In recent days, Vistara has been forced to cancel more than 100 flights due to non-availability of pilots who are protesting against pay revision and other issues. "The pilots of Vistara have been steadfast in their advocacy for fixed 70 hours compensation, improved working conditions, and stable roster.


US wants airlines to boost travel benefits for military personnel

The department in May plans to begin posting comparative information on travel benefits that airlines guarantee for service members and their families on a customer service dashboard. USDOT plans to detail airlines that will commit to full refunds to service members and their families who cancel travel plans due to military directives as well as allowances for free baggage.


Alaska Air says Boeing paid $160 mln in compensation after MAX 9 grounding

The payment is equivalent to lost profits in the quarter, the carrier said in a filing, adding it expects additional compensation. An Alaska Airlines-operated MAX 9 jet experienced a mid-air cabin panel blowout in January, which led the U.S. aviation regulator to order a temporary grounding of 171 jets for inspections.


Turkish Airlines profits soar in 2023

Turkish Airlines, which boasts that it flies to the most countries of any carrier, in December ordered 230 Airbus planes as it aims to double its fleet in the next decade. A pet soft-power project of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the company is controlled by the country's wealth fund, which owns 49.1 per cent of shares. Expansion at Turkish Airlines is aimed at competing with the global reach into Europe, Asia and the United States of Gulf hubs like Dubai and Doha.


Malaysia Airlines & IndiGo sign MoU for proposed codeshare agreement

This strategic collaboration will see Malaysia Airlines leveraging IndiGo's extensive network in India, enhancing its connectivity into the country. As the marketing carrier on IndiGo-operated flights, Malaysia Airlines aims to broaden its reach and offer customers seamless travel experiences. In return, IndiGo customers will gain access to a plethora of Southeast Asia destinations through Malaysia Airlines' comprehensive network, facilitating easier travel planning and exploration.

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