Ryanair may have to cut summer flights due to further Boeing delays

The Dublin-based airline is the first in Europe to warn of disruption due a deepening crisis at Boeing, which has been mired in a regulatory audit and has been prohibited from ramping up 737 MAX production since the Jan. 5 mid-air panel blowout of a new Alaska Airlines MAX 9.


IndiGo commences direct daily flights between Hyderabad and Bangkok

These flights will provide a seamless travel experience and enhance accessibility across Southeast Asia, thereby strengthening economic ties between the nations. IndiGo now operates 37 weekly flights between India and Bangkok. The introduction of these flights will further bolster the airline’s international connectivity.


Canadian low-fare airline Lynx Air is shutting down, customers may be on their own seeking refunds

Lynx, previously known as Enerjet, made its first flight in April 2022 and competed for leisure travellers against Air Canada and its Rouge subsidiary, WestJet and Flair Airlines. Just a week ago, Lynx posted on X that it was adding a third country to its network with flights between Toronto and Cancun, Mexico.


Saudia introduces Protectasbih,world's first sanitising prayer beads for pilgrims

Saudia had transported over 30 million guests in 2023, representing a remarkable 21 per cent surge compared to the previous year. The airline also reported operating more than 176.3 thousand flights, reflecting a 4 per cent increase, with transit flights witnessing a staggering 77 per cent growth compared to 2019.


SpiceJet secures INR 316 crore in additional investment, totaling INR 1060 crore to boost financial strength

The Preferential Allotment Committee of SpiceJet’s Board of Directors, in its meeting on February 21, 2024, greenlit the allotment of 4.01 crore equity shares to two investors, including Aries Opportunities Fund Limited. Moreover, the Committee approved the allotment of 2.31 crore warrants to four investors, including Elara India Opportunities Fund Limited, providing them with the option to convert the warrants into an equivalent number of equity shares.


Airlines' sustainability mantra masks divides over green future

Despite the public-facing united front, the air show has exposed deep divides over how the industry can achieve its goal of "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050. Airline bosses, green fuel producers and manufacturers contradicted each other and pointed fingers over the thorniest issue: who is responsible for the slow take up of so-called sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).


Uttarakhand, Alliance Air to sign MoU to strengthen air connectivity: CS

Chief secretary Radha Raturi said on Wednesday that an MoU would be signed with Alliance Air to strengthen air connectivity in the state. She also informed that CM Pushkar Singh Dhami will soon launch the Air Connectivity Scheme. Raturi said that initially, the Varanasi-Pantnagar and Pantnagar-Pithoragarh routes will operate under a fixed Viable Gap Funding (VGF) model as part of a pilot project.


Digi Yatra to be introduced at Chennai airport by March 31

The number of Digi Yatra app users has acrossed 45.8 lakh and the count of passengers who have travelled using Digi Yatra has touched 1.45 crore. "The number of passengers having installed the Digi Yatra application on their mobile phones has increased to 45.8 lakh as on February 10, 2024. It is an increase of 20.5 per cent from 38 lakh as on 1st January, 2024," it said.


American Airlines is raising bag fees and changing how customers earn frequent-flyer points

American Airlines is increasing bag fees and encouraging customers to buy tickets directly to earn frequent-flyer points. The airline said on Tuesday that checking a bag on a domestic flight will rise from USD 30 now to USD 35 online and USD 40 if purchased at the airport. The fee for a second checked bag will rise from USD 40 to USD 45 both online and at the airport. American last raised bag fees in 2018.


Digi Yatra app users cross 45.8 lakhs: MoCA

The cumulative Digi Yatra passenger count at various airports since its launch reflects significant growth. Overall, the total cumulative Digi Yatra passenger count surged from 1,12,60,888 by December 31, 2023, to 1,44,95,291 by February 11, 2024, indicating a substantial increase in digital passenger facilitation across multiple airports including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and others.


Air Serbia halts deal with Greek airline after plane damaged

Serbia's national carrier Air Serbia said Tuesday it was halting its partnership with Marathon Airlines after a flight being operated by the Greek carrier made an emergency landing over the weekend. Air Serbia has been using the Marathon Airlines to operate some if its flights since June 2023.


SIA Group posts strong third quarter net profit with passenger capacity close to pre-pandemic levels

​SIA Group achieved a record quarterly revenue of USD 5,082 million, driven by robust passenger demand. Passenger-flown revenue surged by 10.6 per cent to USD 4,165 million, marking a significant milestone in the Group's history. Despite challenges, the Group recorded a net profit of USD 659 million, reflecting a 4.9 per cent increase compared to the previous year.


Singapore green jet fuel levy on travellers ignites funding debate

Introduced by Singapore's transport minister at an industry summit on the eve of the Singapore Airshow, the city-state said it aimed for all departing flights to use 1per cent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from 2026 and planned to raise that to 3-5per cent by 2030, subject to global developments and the wider availability and adoption of SAF.


India tops list for highest number of passengers at Dubai airport with 11.9 million arrivals

With 7.8 million guests, December was the busiest month in the fourth quarter during which the Dubai airport welcomed a total of 22.4 million guests, a year-on-year growth of 13.8 per cent compared to Q4 of last year. Q3 remained the quarter with the highest traffic since 2019 with 23 million guests while August, with 7.9 million guests, was the month with the highest traffic.


GoFirst revival: Bidders race to revive grounded airline, SpiceJet & SkyOne lead the charge

The bidding process comes amid GoFirst's recent challenges, including difficulties with Pratt & Whitney engines that led to the airline's voluntary insolvency application to the National Company Law Tribunal in May 2023. With a 60-day extension granted by the National Company Law Tribunal for GoFirst's moratorium, potential investors have a window of opportunity to submit proposals for the GoFirst's revival.


Akasa Air goes international, announces flights to Doha from March 28

The launch of international flights by Akasa Air marks a historic milestone, as the airline achieves this feat within an impressive 19 months since its inception. With this move, Akasa Air becomes the first Indian carrier to take flight beyond the country's borders within such a short span of time.


January fog spell delays record no. of flyers; Mumbai and Delhi airports worst hit

A number of simultaneous events made Jan 2024 a nightmare for air travellers. These included the worst spell of fog that north India saw in years, airports in some other regions also affected by poor visibility and closure of the main CAT III runway at Delhi, leaving only one CAT III runway during the worst fog period. An aircraft delayed at any one of the north Indian airports-especially the biggest base Delhi-would have a cascading effect on all the other flights.


SpiceJet shares slump over 3 pc

Shares of crisis-hit SpiceJet fell over 3 per cent on Wednesday amid concerns over the airline's financial position. The scrip dropped 3.44 per cent to close at Rs 63.37 on the BSE on a day when the overall market ended on a positive note.


Jazeera Airways report net profit of KD 6.13 million, operational revenues also on rise

​​This rise in revenue can be partially attributed to the substantial growth in passenger numbers, which reached a record high of 4.68 million, reflecting a significant 30.6 per cent surge from the previous year. Jazeera Airways also demonstrated efficient capacity utilisation, with the load factor rising from 77 per cent to 78.2 per cent. Finally, the airline bolstered its market share in Kuwait to 36.24 per cent, reaffirming its position as a key player in the region.


New terminal building inaugurated at Dehradun airport

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) said the new terminal building has been constructed in two phases at an estimated cost of INR 486 crore. "After the operationalisation of the first phase of the terminal in a 28,729 sqm area, the old terminal building was demolished. The new terminal building in the second phase in an area of 14,047 sqm has been developed, taking the overall area of the terminal of the airport to 42,776 sqm.


GMR group among favorites to win $3 billion Manilla airport project

The other two bidders are San Miguel Corporation- conglomerate from the Philippines and the Manila International Airport Consortium (MIAC). GMR’s consortium also includes Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation- an infrastructure company from the Philippines and House of Investments which is the Yuchengo family office which operates Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation- one of the largest banks in Philippines.


No takers for seaplane service, INR 17.5 crore spent so far: Gujarat govt tells assembly

Responding to questions by Congress MLAs during Question Hour of the legislative assembly, state Civil Aviation Minister Balvantsinh Rajput said as of December 2023, the state government has spent Rs 17.5 crore for the now defunct service. Notably, the seaplane service was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2020 and was discontinued in April 2021.


Etihad January 2024 traffic stats show growth with 1.4 mn guests onboard

The national airline of the United Arab Emirates welcomed more than 1.4 million guests onboard and saw its load factor average out at 86.04 per cent across the month. As its network and frequencies continue to expand, Etihad looks at introducing more of the world to both the new airport and the onboard Etihad experience throughout 2024.


Star Air announces new flights from Ajmer to Ghaziabad

New flights from Ajmer (Kishangarh) to Hindon (Ghaziabad) will commence on February 16, 2024. The route will be operated by the state-of-the art Embraer E175 with dual class configuration – 12 luxurious business class seats and 64 Economy seats. The flights will operate on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Turkish airlines introduces 'TK Wallet' for streamlining payment & refund transactions

Ahmet Olmuştur, Chief Commercial Officer, Turkish Airlines, expressed the airline's commitment to digitalisation, stating, "As part of our digital transformation journey, we are dedicated to enhancing our passengers' travel experience through innovative solutions. The TK Wallet is a testament to our ongoing efforts to streamline services and prioritize passenger comfort."


Parliamentary panel suggests route-specific capping of airfares

In the report, the panel said it has come across various instances where there has been abnormal increase in airfares especially during festivals or holidays, and is of the opinion that self regulation by airlines has not been effective and also recommended that a mechanism may be evolved whereby DGCA is empowered to regulate air tariffs.


Airbus, Dynamatic Technologies tie up to manufacture doors for single-aisle A220 aircraft in India

Earlier, Airbus has signed contracts with Aequs, Dynamatic, Gardner and Mahindra Aerospace for the supply of airframe and wing parts across Airbus’ A320neo, A330neo and A350 programs. According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, this new landmark decision marks one of the largest export contracts for an Indian aerospace manufacturing company to date.


Emirates to return to Australian city Adelaide in October 2024

Emirates first launched its Adelaide services in 2012. A daily service will relaunch between the South Australia capital and the airline’s Dubai hub on October 28, 2024. By December 1, when Emirates also reinstates its second daily service to Perth, the airline will offer 77 weekly flights from Australia with the ability to transport 68,000 passengers per week.


Gujarat unveils plans for 3 new airports to boost connectivity

This plan was unveiled during the Assembly session in response to queries raised by MLA Shailesh Mehta. Addressing queries regarding the Prime Minister's 2018 announcement on the development of multiple airports, officials confirmed the construction of an airport just 12 km from Kevadia. This move follows the success of the Statue of Unity, which has attracted over 1 crore tourists since its inauguration.


Flight from Jabalpur to Delhi & Mumbai to restart from March 1

The flight connecting Jabalpur to Delhi and Mumbai will be operated by SpiceJet. The Civil Aviation Minister stated that the Jabalpur Airport is also set to get a new Terminal Building, being built at a cost of INR 412 crore which will further give new energy to travel and economic growth.


Akasa Air announces Srinagar as 20th destination in its network

Starting March 1 2024, the airline will operate daily flights between Mumbai and Srinagar. Notably, Srinagar has witnessed a consistent increase in travel demand over the past years. The launch of operations on the route will cater to a blend of business and leisure travellers and will bolster connectivity, trade, and tourism in the region.


Boeing flags potential delays after supplier finds another problem with some 737 fuselages

Boeing discovered another problem in some of its 737 fuselages that may delay deliveries of about 50 aircraft in the latest quality gaffe to plague the manufacturer. Improperly drilled holes were discovered by Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier that provides Boeing with fuselages, according to a letter from Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing's commercial airplanes division.


No flight route under UDAN scheme cancelled: Govt

No routes have been cancelled under the UDAN scheme, which aims to enhance regional air connectivity. The routes are allocated through a bidding process, and the Airports Authority of India ensures the necessary facilities for operation. Airlines that walk away from a route lead to re-bidding in the next round.


Malaysia Airlines' renewed focus on India: Captain Izham Ismail shares insights & strategies

In an exclusive interview with ETTravelWorld, Captain Izham Ismail, Group Managing Director of Malaysia Aviation Group, shed light on Malaysia Airlines' transformative journey, vision for growth in the Indian market, and its commitment to sustainability. Talking about the airline's attention to the Indian market, Ismail shared insights which underscored Malaysia Airlines' strategic direction, emphasiding sustainable growth and partnership-building in the Indian market.


New technologies, models on the anvil to speed up immigration & security for intl travellers: Scindia

During an advisory meeting, discussions revolved around exploring solutions inspired by international airport models, such as those of Singapore and Canada. Key highlights included the examination of cross-utilisation of XBIS machines at Delhi airport, launching proof of concept trials for e-gates and e-biometrics and a comprehensive analysis of manpower requirements.


Airlines learn patience in constrained Airbus-Boeing duopoly

Besides questions about quality control following the Alaska Airlines incident on the 737 MAX 9, Boeing has yet to receive certification on the 737 MAX 7 and the 737 MAX 10 -- the smallest and largest versions of the single-aisle model. Given the uncertain timeframe, airlines are retooling their schedules. Like Airbus, Boeing's order book is robust, with more than 4,000 orders across the MAX program out of a total of 5,626 plane orders.


IndiGo may lease five Boeing 737 Max aircraft from Qatar Airways

People aware of the development said that the airline is planning to lease the planes from Qatar Airways for a period of six months for the busy summer travel season. The aircraft are less than four years old and are currently being operated by the Doha-based carrier. Damp lease, an arrangement under which the lessor provides an aircraft along with cockpit crew and maintenance to the airline, is costlier than a normal lease.


IndiGo soars high with INR 29,981 million net profit in Q3 FY 24

​​Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and rent (EBITDAR) amounted to INR 54,751 million, reflecting a margin of 28.1 per cent, compared to INR 33,990 million (22.8 per cent margin) in the same period last year. In addition, the profit stood at INR 30,491 million, a substantial increase from INR 20,091 million reported previously, excluding the foreign exchange loss.


Ryanair load factor dips to 89% after some travel agents halt sales

Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers has said the move will ultimately be a positive one, stopping consumers from being overcharged and forcing the websites that do not send customers through to Ryanair's own booking system to agree to do so. However it said the sudden halt would damage bookings and fares in the "very short term". The airline trimmed its profit forecast for the year to end March as a result this week.


Gol airline gets court approval to borrow $350 mln in bankruptcy

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Monday allowed Brazilian airline Gol to borrow the first $350 million of its proposed bankruptcy financing, which a company attorney said was "desperately" needed to maintain normal operations. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn approved the initial funding at a court hearing in Manhattan, despite voicing some concerns about the high cost of the overall $950 million loan.

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