Civil Aviation Minister confirms airline systems back to normal following major outage

The minister stated, "Since 3 AM in the night, Airline systems across airports have started working normally. Flight operations are going smoothly now. There is a backlog because of disruptions yesterday and it is getting cleared gradually. By noon today, we expect all issues to be resolved. We are constantly monitoring the operations at our airports and also with the airlines ensuring travel readjustments and refunds are taken care of. We thank you for your patience."


Encalm Hospitality launches 'Transit by Encalm' at Hyderabad airport

Named 'Transit by Encalm,' this state-of-the-art facility promises to elevate the transit experience with 57 rooms, catering to the needs of modern travellers. Strategically located at Level D Arrivals at RGIA, 'Transit by Encalm' offers easy accessibility, just 40 minutes from the iconic Charminar, an hour from Secunderabad Railway Station, and 45 minutes from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Stand.


Saudia Group signs landmark agreement with Lilium for 100 eVTOL jets

Saudia Group's acquisition of Lilium Jets is expected to increase flight frequencies and decrease traffic congestion, offering a fast and convenient alternative for regional travel. The jets will play a crucial role in supporting Saudi Arabia's growing demand for sustainable and efficient transportation solutions. Prior to the commercialization of the jets, Saudia Group will assist Lilium in the certification process with Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).


Passengers in disarray as Microsoft outage disrupts airline services

According to preliminary data by aviation analytics firm Cirium on the global IT disruption, 56 flights were cancelled out of 3,652 flights scheduled from Indian destinations. This does not include inbound flights to India. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Murlidhar Mohol said the ministry and aviation safety regulator DGCA are closely monitoring the situation.


Hahnair selects RateGain to power pricing for over 350 airlines globally

With over 25 years of experience in the commercial aviation industry, Hahnair offers indirect distribution services to more than 350 partner airlines, enabling access to over 100,000 travel agencies across 190 markets worldwide. This new partnership aims to optimize revenue streams for these partner airlines by leveraging AirGain’s cutting-edge pricing intelligence technology.


United Airlines Q2 profit rises to $1.32 billion as travel demand offsets the carrier's rising costs

However, United warned that third-quarter results will fall short of Wall Street expectations because of a glut of U.S. flights that has airlines cutting prices to fill seats. Delta Air Lines gave a similarly dim forecast last week. The airlines said, however, that across the industry carriers are trimming their schedules for mid-August and beyond, which should boost their pricing powe


Thiruvananthapuram Airport sees 21 per cent surge in passenger traffic

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport now processes over 400,000 passengers monthly. Of the total passengers, 661,000 were domestic, while 598,000 travelled internationally," a TRV release said on Wednesday. To accommodate this growth, TRV has enhanced its infrastructure, adding three new check-in counters at the domestic terminal to streamline the check-in process, it said.


DMRC introduces luggage check-in service for international passengers

Passengers can check in anytime between 12 and two hours before the departure of their domestic flight and between four hours and three hours for international flights, the statement said. At the New Delhi Metro Station, airline check-in counters are located at the concourse level, while at the Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, the check-in counters are situated adjacent to the VFS Global Office at the concourse level, it said.


Air India launches gift cards to book tickets or select seats

Air India Gift Cards can be used to book both domestic and international flights. Additionally, they can be used to purchase ancillary services such as extra baggage and seat selection on Air India's website and mobile app. This offering allows recipients to choose their travel destination, dates, and cabin class, providing a tailored travel experience.


Nigeria, UAE to resume flights between both countries, minister says

​Nigeria's central bank has since cleared a backlog of around $137 million in foreign exchange owed to international airlines. Information Minister Mohammed Idris said the deal includes the resumption of visa issuance to Nigerian passport holders for travel to the UAE, effective from Monday. "This agreement includes updated controls and conditions to facilitate obtaining a UAE visa," Idris said in a statement.


SpiceJet's CFO Ashish Kumar quits; Joyakesh Podder appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer

​n a delayed announcement, budget carrier on Monday reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 127 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 2024. It had posted losses of Rs 6.2 crore and Rs 299 crore for the March and December 2023 quarters, respectively. Looking at the results, Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, said, “The results reflect our relentless efforts to enhance operational efficiency and our commitment to turning around the company’s fortunes." The MD of the airline further hinted at the possibility of raising funds soon.


Domestic air passenger traffic grows 6 pc to 1.32 crore in June: DGCA

​AIX Connect (erstwhile AirAsia India), which is also a part of the Tata Group, ferried 7.70 lakh passengers in the previous month, registering a market share of 5.8 per cent. All three Tata Group airlines taken together accounted for a 28.5 per cent of the total domestic passenger traffic last month, according to data.


Paris airport staff call off pre-Olympics strike

​"We're lifting the strike warning, there's a majority deal" among unions who threatened the walkout, said Rachid Eddaidj, secretary general of the CFDT union's branch at Paris Airports (ADP). Unions had called for a stoppage on Wednesday to press for bigger Olympics bonuses and staff recruitment. They have now secured a "standardised bonus for every worker at ADP" as well as extras for those helping with Olympic delegations and their baggage, management said.


International air fares in Germany down 3% in first half 2024

Economy class tickets in particular were significantly cheaper, with passengers paying 15.8 per cent less for flights to Central America, 12.3 per cent less to Asia and Australia, and 7.4 per cent less to North America, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) said. Overall, prices for international flights have remained high since the end of the COVID-related travel restrictions.


Mumbai airport handles over 13.46 million passengers in Q1 FY24

From April to June 2024, the airport saw 3.7 million international and 9.7 million domestic travelers. May 18, 2024, set a new record with 163,166 passengers in a single day. This bustling period saw high traffic volumes and key airline performances, highlighting the Mumbai airport's role as a major aviation hub.


SpiceJet's net profit soars sixfold to INR 119 crore in Q4 FY24

For the fiscal year, the company managed to narrow its losses by a substantial 73 per cent. It reported a post-tax loss of INR 409 Crore, a significant improvement from last year’s INR 1,503 Crore loss. This turnaround was possible thanks to achieving an EBITDA of INR 772 Crore, compared to a negative INR 33 Crore the previous year.


Airbus upgrades 20-year demand forecast led by wide-body jets

Airbus increased its 20-year demand forecast for jetliners due to airlines upgrading fleets and Asia's growing economies boosting air travel. The planemaker predicts the global fleet will double to 48,230 planes, with deliveries of 42,430 new aircraft. Strong growth is expected in Asia and the Middle East, led by India and China. Airbus sees improved single-aisle plane performance transforming transatlantic travel and predicts rising demand for wide-body jets. The report also addresses environmental concerns by highlighting the contribution of new jets to lower emissions.


Digi Yatra achieves 4 million user milestone, to be soon available at 15 more airports

Passengers have lauded Digi Yatra for significantly enhancing their travel experience, citing reduced waiting times and smoother transitions through various airport processes. The platform's efficiency has enabled travel;ers to cut down airport entry time from 15-20 seconds to approximately 5 seconds. Emphasising data security, Digi Yatra ensures that facial biometrics are deleted from the local airport's database within 24 hours of a flight to safeguard sensitive information.


Bengaluru second airport: 3 new locations added. Here is the list of 7 sites under review

​The selected site for the new airport must be free from geographical impediments like hills, rivers, seas, or high-rise buildings, the minister said. Additionally, robust connectivity through state and national highways, rail, and metro networks is essential to ensure the airport's accessibility and efficiency. This significant land parcel is necessary to accommodate the infrastructure and facilities of the new airport. Ecological considerations will also be crucial when deciding on the airport's location.


Higher costs and low base fares send Delta's profit down 29%. The airline still earned $1.31 billion

​Americans are traveling in record numbers this summer, but Delta Air Lines saw second-quarter profit drop 29 per cent due to higher costs and discounting of base-level fares across the industry. The airline is also predicting a lower profit than Wall Street expects for the third quarter. Delta said Thursday it earned USD 1.31 billion from April through June, down from USD 1.83 billion a year earlier.


Indians travelling to Qatar will soon be able to make UPI payments

​This will enable UPI payment acceptance in Qatar through the QNB merchant network, benefiting Indian travellers visiting and transiting through the country. "We believe that enabling UPI acceptance in Qatar will offer substantial benefits to the large number of Indians visiting the country, simplifying their transactions, and ensuring a hassle-free travel experience abroad," Anubhav Sharma, Deputy Chief - Partnerships and Business Development, NPCI International, said in a statement.


Akasa Air expands international reach with inaugural flight to Abu Dhabi

The first flight departed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport at 17:05 IST and is scheduled to arrive at Zayed International Airport in Abu Dhabi at 18:50 AST. Since its international debut in March 2024, Akasa Air has rapidly expanded its global footprint, now serving Doha, Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi, with upcoming flights to Jeddah. The airline has also secured traffic rights for Kuwait and Medina, and plans to further extend its international network.


Delta Air Lines say they'll operate flights between US and Saudi Arabia

​Delta CEO Ed Bastian and Riyadh Air CEO Tony Douglas said they envision selling tickets on each other’s flights — a practice known as codesharing — that requires approval from the US Transportation Department, reported news agency AP. ​They said the partnership could grow into a full-blown joint venture. That step would require immunity from US antitrust laws for the carriers to collaborate on prices and share revenue.


Blue to blue: Southwest appoints IndiGo co-founder Rakesh Gangwal as board member

​Gary Kelly, executive chairman of Southwest board, said: “I am delighted to welcome Rakesh, who brings to our board decades of valuable experience as an executive and entrepreneur at some of the world's leading airlines. Having co-founded IndiGo and grown it into India’s largest airline, Rakesh knows the importance of building a business that has both a distinct culture and enduring profitability.”


Grounded: International flights can't operate from new airport in Rajkot

​The international flights were expected to start once work on the permanent terminal building was complete.But the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided that a new terminal will be required exclusively for international operations, adjacent to the under-construction terminal that is expected to be completed by Aug 15. This terminal will handle only domestic flights.


Argentina rolls out aviation reform in bid to bring in foreign airlines

​Carriers can now petition to operate as many routes and frequencies as they want, subject to safety approval, according to the decree. The administration of libertarian President Javier Milei, who took office in December, has tied up a number of "open-skies agreements" with other countries in recent months, allowing their airlines to operate domestic routes in Argentina under some conditions.


Air Kerala receives NOC from ministry of civil aviation to commence operations

To commence operations, Air Kerala must now acquire aircraft and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements to obtain the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). Kallada said, "This is a critical phase that ensures we meet all safety and operational standards set by the aviation authorities."


AirAsia to bring 'cinematic in-flight' experience for movie-goers in selected theatres

As part of this initiative, movie-goers will stand the chance to win AirAsia tickets to anywhere across its network, Carroll said, adding during this period, AirAsia will also be collaborating with more than 130 local travel content creators to showcase its destinations to Asia, Australia and beyond, spanning bustling cities, serene beaches, historic landmarks, and vibrant local cultures.


CCPA directs online travel platform 'Yatra' to refund booking amounts affected by Covid-19 lockdown

"Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) through National Consumer Helpline (1915-toll free number) that many grievances were lodged relating to non-refund of cancelled air tickets on account of COVID-19 lockdown wherein the consumers had alleged that the travel agencies informed them that refunds have not been received from the airlines etc," Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution stated.


IndiGo set to give a makeover to its website, app

The new design and architecture will help to offer a more user-friendly and hassle-free way to book and manage travel plans, the airline said. Furthermore, the latest and revamped version is ready to be tested and will be released to a select few customers as a part of beta testing and launch.


Heavy rains hit operations at Mumbai Airport, 27 flights diverted

"Today, heavy rains and low visibility led to the suspension of runway operations from 2:22 am to 3:40 am. 27 flight diversions reported," it said. "In light of the inclement weather and forecast of heavy to very heavy rains, Mumbai Airport advises all the passengers to check their flight status with their respective airlines and leave for the airport a little earlier," CSIA said in a post on X.


US airlines cancel over 1,300 flights due to Hurricane Beryl

"We are continuing to monitor Beryl and have reduced flying at Intercontinental Airport of Houston (IAH) Sunday night and Monday." United Airlines said in a statement. Southwest said it was monitoring the situation and has proactively adjusted its flight schedule on Monday in Houston and south Texas due to the hurricane.


More than 3 million pass through US airport security in a day for the first time as travel surges

The record, which was widely predicted to happen at some point over the July Four holiday weekend, topped the June 23 mark of more than 2.99 million screened passengers. Eight of the 10 busiest days in TSA's history have come this year as the number of travelers tops pre-pandemic levels.


Airbus to set up Centre of Excellence for aerospace studies in Vadodara

This role will also support the development of undergraduate and postgraduate aerospace programs, as well as short-term executive programs such as Safety Management, Flight Data Analysis, and Air Cargo Management, for aviation professionals. Airbus will also strive to enable collaborations for GSV with leading international institutions and industry forums. This collaboration marks the execution of the memorandum of understanding signed between GSV and Airbus in 2023.


Boeing says 'reached agreement' with DoJ over 737 MAX crashes

"We have reached an agreement in principle on terms of a resolution with the Justice Department, subject to the memorialization and approval of specific terms," Boeing told AFP in a statement. The deal comes after prosecutors concluded the aviation giant flouted an earlier settlement addressing the disasters, in which 346 people were killed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.


Tata Group airlines' merger: Harmonisation of operating manuals complete, crew training next

This achievement includes the completion of supporting manuals, marking a crucial step in consolidating the airlines into two distinct entities: a full-service carrier and a low-cost carrier. This collaborative effort has resulted in the creation of two comprehensive manuals, each tailored to the specific requirements of the respective carrier types.


SalamAir launches inaugural flight from Muscat to New Delhi

The addition of flights to New Delhi represents a strategic step forward for SalamAir, aiming to meet the growing demand for affordable and convenient travel options. This route will enhance connections between Oman and India, benefiting the expat community, leisure travellers, and business professionals alike.


Garuda Indonesia & Singapore Airlines secure approval for joint venture

The joint venture agreement, originally signed in May 2023, will allow Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines to collaborate more extensively on a range of commercial activities. These include operating joint revenue-sharing flights between the two countries, coordinating flight schedules to offer travellers more options and seamless connectivity, and launching joint sales and marketing initiatives to provide enhanced value to customers.


'86 of 87 IndiGo and SpiceJet flights shifted from IGIA's terminal 1': Government

Union aviation minister Rammohan Naidu on Friday inspected IGIA’s airport operations control centre (AOCC) and held a meeting with senior official of various agencies like DGCA, BCAS, DIAL and airlines. Naidu reviewed “current operations and passenger handling following the transition of flights from T1 to T2 & T3. A comprehensive assessment was conducted, involving detailed discussions on ensuring smooth functioning and deploying additional manpower to manage increased passenger flow.


IndiGo to start direct Mumbai-Vijayawada flights from Aug 16

These daily flights aim to facilitate seamless travel between the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai, and Andhra Pradesh's business capital, Vijayawada, according to an IndiGo statement. With the induction of this flight, IndiGo will now operate 130 weekly flights from Vijayawada to eight cities in India. These new flights will serve as a gateway connecting western India to Vijayawada

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