Faizan Haidar

Faizan Haidar

Faizan Haidar writes on the Delhi government, city politics, transport, aviation, and social welfare. A journalist for a decade, he also tracks issues such as trafficking and labour exploitation in Delhi and other states.

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Treating “insider risk” as the next major challenge confronting the aviation sector, the civil aviation ministry has decided to restrict the movement of employees working on airport premises.(HT File Photo)
Treating “insider risk” as the next major challenge confronting the aviation sector, the civil aviation ministry has decided to restrict the movement of employees working on airport premises.(HT File Photo)

Airport security takes stock of internal risks

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar and Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 06:50 AM IST
Globally, agencies overseeing security at airports have come around to the view that the movement of employees working at airports need to be tracked, an official at the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) said, requesting anonymity.
As of now, of the 100 operational airports, 61 are covered by the CISF while the rest are covered by local police.(HT Photo)
As of now, of the 100 operational airports, 61 are covered by the CISF while the rest are covered by local police.(HT Photo)

Money collected from big airports to help expand CISF security cover

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2019 01:01 AM IST
As of now, of the 100 operational airports, 61 are covered by the CISF while the rest are covered by the local police, which, say security experts, is not ideal.
The travel industry is hopeful that the trend of clubbing weekends and public and festival holidays will be catalysing travel in India.(Photo: Ajay Aggarwal/ Hindustan Times)
The travel industry is hopeful that the trend of clubbing weekends and public and festival holidays will be catalysing travel in India.(Photo: Ajay Aggarwal/ Hindustan Times)

Travel industry hopeful of demand during festive season

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 08:24 PM IST
Factors like India’s large migratory workforce heading back home to be with family for the festive season and people maximising home visit via an extended weekend with Gandhi Jayanti, followed by the Durga Puja/Navratri week and Dusshera promise lucrative days for travel sector.
Air India incurred a loss of Rs 4,000 crore in 2018-19 and is laden with a debt of Rs 55,000 crore.(FILE PHOTO.)
Air India incurred a loss of Rs 4,000 crore in 2018-19 and is laden with a debt of Rs 55,000 crore.(FILE PHOTO.)

Oil companies restore fuel supply to Air India; airline assures payment of Rs 100 crore per month

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 08:44 PM IST
The supply at six airports was stopped on August 22. Air India had a meeting with the oil companies and has proposed to pay Rs 100 crore every month of the Rs 4,400 crore debt and it has agreed to pay daily for fuel it is taking for operations.
Earlier this year, the civil aviation ministry approved a “meet and greet” plan, under which airports across the country were allowed to hire a company for the facilitation of passengers at a price that entitles them to additional services.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Earlier this year, the civil aviation ministry approved a “meet and greet” plan, under which airports across the country were allowed to hire a company for the facilitation of passengers at a price that entitles them to additional services.(Alamy Stock Photo)

Soon, hire a guide to board Air India flights

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 05:21 AM IST
An Air India official aware of the development said the services could cost between Rs 2,500 and Rs 5,000 per passenger, depending on the facilities availed.
Aviation regulator DGCA on Thursday suspended two IndiGo pilots for two months for flying a Hyderabad-Vijaywada flight on July 24 with the tail support attached(PTI)
Aviation regulator DGCA on Thursday suspended two IndiGo pilots for two months for flying a Hyderabad-Vijaywada flight on July 24 with the tail support attached(PTI)

2 IndiGo pilots suspended for 2 months for flying plane with tail support attached

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 08:05 AM IST
During loading or unloading of any kind of cargo in an aircraft, the tail support or ‘tail prop’ is used to prevent the plane from tipping over backwards.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15 launched the New Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express or Train 18, India’s first locally built semi high-speed train that can run up to a maximum speed of 160 km/hour.(HT image)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15 launched the New Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express or Train 18, India’s first locally built semi high-speed train that can run up to a maximum speed of 160 km/hour.(HT image)

40 new Vande Bharat Express trains by 2022

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 12:27 AM IST
Two rakes of Vande Bharat Express are currently available for operations and one of them runs between Delhi and Varanasi.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken the action after these two were caught at examination centres on July 24 and July 26.(HT image)
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken the action after these two were caught at examination centres on July 24 and July 26.(HT image)

Aspiring pilot barred for life over cheating, another gets 2-year ban

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 12:09 AM IST
In a similar case on July 24, an aspiring pilot appearing in Hyderebad was caught with mobile phone. He has been barred for two years.
Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar is one of the airports that were declared plastic free in phase-I.(HT File photo)
Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar is one of the airports that were declared plastic free in phase-I.(HT File photo)

Half of Indian airports are ‘single-use’ plastic free now

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:11 AM IST
Various steps have been undertaken by Airport Authority of India to eliminate the single-use plastic items at passenger terminals. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries and plastic plates
DGCA will allow pilots to travel in cockpits even if they are not on duty.(Reuters Photo)
DGCA will allow pilots to travel in cockpits even if they are not on duty.(Reuters Photo)

Aviation body to allow off-duty pilots to travel in cockpits

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2019 06:44 AM IST
On July 13, an off-duty Air India pilot, who was flying to Bengaluru as an additional crew member because the plane was full, was grounded after he failed a breath analyser test for alcohol consumption . Following this, the DGCA barred pilots from travelling in cockpits if they are not on duty.
DGCA, in an order issued on Tuesday, has said that for the safety of aircraft operations, no person is allowed to enter the cockpit and occupy the jump seat. The regulator, however, has given some exemptions. (Image used for representational purpose).(REUTERS PHOTO.)
DGCA, in an order issued on Tuesday, has said that for the safety of aircraft operations, no person is allowed to enter the cockpit and occupy the jump seat. The regulator, however, has given some exemptions. (Image used for representational purpose).(REUTERS PHOTO.)

In new order, DGCA allows off-duty pilot to travel in cockpit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 06:30 PM IST
The pilot community had opposed the move as the airline’s manual allows pilots to travel in the cockpit as an additional crew as they might have to join duty from the next station.
Tinsukia Railway station in Assam the latest station to have free Wi-Fi.(Hindustan Times)
Tinsukia Railway station in Assam the latest station to have free Wi-Fi.(Hindustan Times)

4,000 stations under railways’ free Wi-Fi network, Tinsukia in Assam latest

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 11:14 AM IST
Free Wi-Fi is among the six Indian Railways projects that are part of 100-day agenda of the Union government.The project other than providing Wi-Fi networks, is to test a new signalling technology that will improve safety and increase capacity by reducing the distance between two trains.
File photo of Jammu airport(HT Photo)
File photo of Jammu airport(HT Photo)

Govt to spend Rs1,000 cr on three J&K airports

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 07:58 AM IST
The Airports Authority of India, which expanded and modified the terminal of Jammu airport in September 2017, has now started work on extending the runway at the airport and sought more land from state government for a new terminal.
Passengers of the Indian Railways will have to pay more as the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has decided to restore convenience fee on e-tickets booked through its website.(Getty Images)
Passengers of the Indian Railways will have to pay more as the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has decided to restore convenience fee on e-tickets booked through its website.(Getty Images)

IRCTC restores service charge, online tickets to become costlier

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 12:39 AM IST
IRCTC will levy a service charge of R15 on a ticket for non-AC classes and R30 for AC classes, including first class, according to an order. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be applicable separately.
Sources say, the oil companies threaten to stop fuel supply at Hyderabad and Raipur from first week of September.((Alamy Stock Photo))
Sources say, the oil companies threaten to stop fuel supply at Hyderabad and Raipur from first week of September.((Alamy Stock Photo))

Oil firms threaten to stop fuel supply to AI at 2 more airports

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 11:20 AM IST
Hyderabad and Raipur will on September 2 join the airports in Ranchi, Mohali, Patna, Viisakhapatnam, Pune and Cochin where Air India flights will be denied refuelling facilities by the oil companies, officials said.
Sources say, the oil companies threaten to stop fuel supply at Hyderabad and Raipur from first week of September(Alamy Stock Photo)
Sources say, the oil companies threaten to stop fuel supply at Hyderabad and Raipur from first week of September(Alamy Stock Photo)

Air India’s problems rise as firms ‘threaten’ to down fuel supply at Hyderabad & Raipur too

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 11:19 AM IST
Air India is in the grip of a major financial crunch and on August 22, Indian Oil Corporation stopped fuel supply to the airline at Ranchi, Mohali, Patna, Vizag, Pune and Cochin airports, owing to nonpayment of dues.
IRSDC, which is the nodal agency for redevelopment of railway stations in India, plans to scale up the program and will initially develop approximately 50 stations through public private partnership which will require initial capital investments of Rs 7500 crore.(GETTY IMAGES.)
IRSDC, which is the nodal agency for redevelopment of railway stations in India, plans to scale up the program and will initially develop approximately 50 stations through public private partnership which will require initial capital investments of Rs 7500 crore.(GETTY IMAGES.)

Indian Railways identifies 12 more stations for redevelopment, ties up with IRCON

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 06:45 PM IST
IRSDC has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with IRCON for redevelopment of 12 railway stations including Ghaziabad, Yeshvantpur, Karnal and Thiruvananthapuram Central.
The passenger was offloaded by the airline and handed over to the local police.(PTI FILE)
The passenger was offloaded by the airline and handed over to the local police.(PTI FILE)

Fed up of airport frisking, man cries bomb, ends up missing flight to Bangkok

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 09:39 AM IST
According to officials at security agencies, because of a high-leve alert being sounded, they had put in place secondary ladder point checking (SLPC) under which passengers, despite being checked by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) before entering the departure area, are checked again by airline staff just before they board.
Hardeep Singh Puri said that the government is determined to privatise Air India.((HT FILE))
Hardeep Singh Puri said that the government is determined to privatise Air India.((HT FILE))

‘Determined to privatise Air India’: Hardeep Singh Puri

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 01:46 AM IST
The government’s biggest attempt to privatise Air India ended on May 31, 2018, as a deadline for prospective bidders lapsed with no one showing interest in the airline.
Hardeep Singh Puri said that the government is determined to privatise Air India.(HT FILE)
Hardeep Singh Puri said that the government is determined to privatise Air India.(HT FILE)

‘Whoever gets it will be very fortunate’: Minister makes Air India’s sales pitch

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 07:57 PM IST
The Parliament on August 3 passed Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that increases threshold of annual passenger traffic for major airports to over 35 lakh with Civil Aviation stating that government was committed to privatisation of Air India as its debt has become totally unsustainable.
Air India to impose a ban on single use plastic products like bags, cups and straws on all its flights(Alamy Stock Photo)
Air India to impose a ban on single use plastic products like bags, cups and straws on all its flights(Alamy Stock Photo)

Air India goes eco-friendly, introduces wooden cutlery for flyers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2019 02:17 PM IST
As the national carrier aims to eliminate plastic usage as much as possible, Air India express and Alliance Air would go plastic free immediately, however, some of the flights of Air India will still continue to use the plastic products due to operational issues.
IndiGo Airlinesis one of the two Indian carriers that has A320 aircraft in their fleet.(REUTERS)
IndiGo Airlinesis one of the two Indian carriers that has A320 aircraft in their fleet.(REUTERS)

‘Neo aircraft safe to fly’, says DGCA after emergency meet with IndiGo, Go Air

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2019 07:56 PM IST
There have been 19 incidents of inflight shut down/mid-air turn back/rejected take off since 2017, nine of which happened this year, due to issues in the main gear box (MGB) and low pressure turbine (LPT) of Airbus Neo aircraft.
The DGCA meet comes after problem in the engines of NEO aircraft is again haunting IndiGo and Go Air as IndiGo has grounded two A320 NEO in the past 10 days.(PTI File Photo)
The DGCA meet comes after problem in the engines of NEO aircraft is again haunting IndiGo and Go Air as IndiGo has grounded two A320 NEO in the past 10 days.(PTI File Photo)

DGCA calls urgent meeting with GoAir, IndiGo over Neo planes with engine snags

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 12:29 PM IST
In March 2018, the DGCA had banned 11 A320 Neo aircraft from flying because of problems with their engines, which led to a number of flight cancellations.
According to an official, a DGCA team visited Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Monday to review the measure taken to reduce cases of bird hit.(Vijayanand Gupta/ HT Photo)
According to an official, a DGCA team visited Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Monday to review the measure taken to reduce cases of bird hit.(Vijayanand Gupta/ HT Photo)

DGCA assesses bird hit threat near Delhi airport

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 08:09 AM IST
On Monday afternoon itself, a Kalitta air cargo plane declared an emergency and landed at IGI due to a suspected bird hit, which damaged the engine. A few days ago, the plane carrying Rahul Gandhi and other dignitaries had to do a go-around due to bird suffered by another plane.
A SpiceJet flight from Bhopal to Surat(ANI Photo)
A SpiceJet flight from Bhopal to Surat(ANI Photo)

Why 2019 is a year of runway misadventures

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 09:36 AM IST
Aviation safety expert Mohan Ranganathan said the increasing number of runway excursions also shows a lack of training and understanding of pilots regarding correct landing procedures.
Relief operations with civil helicopters started on August 19 in the rain affected areas.(HT PHOTO.)
Relief operations with civil helicopters started on August 19 in the rain affected areas.(HT PHOTO.)

DGCA suspends helicopter relief operations in Uttarakhand after crash

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 10:14 PM IST
After a meeting with the Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA), State Disaster Relief Authority (SDRA) and representatives of two helicopter operators part of the relief operation, the DGCA has said the operations will remain suspended till the state government comes up with a standard operating procedure .
While flights of Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India were affected, the state-owned airline itself managed by carrying extra fuel while operating to these destinations.(Reuters)
While flights of Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India were affected, the state-owned airline itself managed by carrying extra fuel while operating to these destinations.(Reuters)

Government may go for 100% stake sale in cash-strapped Air India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 09:45 AM IST
Air India is in the grip of a major financial crunch and on Thursday, Indian Oil Corp stopped fuel supply to the airline at Ranchi, Mohali, Patna, Vizag, Pune and Cochin airports, owing to non payment of dues.
Two shuttles carrying passengers of IndiGo and SpiceJet collided with each other at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport(REUTERS/Representative Image)
Two shuttles carrying passengers of IndiGo and SpiceJet collided with each other at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport(REUTERS/Representative Image)

Buses carrying passengers of IndiGo, SpiceJet collide at Delhi airport

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 09:54 AM IST
DGCA is now investigating the matter and asked operators to ensure such incidents are not repeated.
Shinkansen bullet trains are stopped at Tokyo Train Station. The Commission of Railway Safety (CRS), which certifies new rail tracks and trains in the country for safe operations, has no experience of certifying bullet trains and tracks, which are being introduced in India for the first time.(Getty Images)
Shinkansen bullet trains are stopped at Tokyo Train Station. The Commission of Railway Safety (CRS), which certifies new rail tracks and trains in the country for safe operations, has no experience of certifying bullet trains and tracks, which are being introduced in India for the first time.(Getty Images)

Soon, officials could visit Japan for India’s bullet train project

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 11:57 PM IST
India is also working with Japan to make key technical changes to the bullet trains so that they can handle extreme heat and high levels of pollution.
The civil aviation ministry is trying to figure out ways of ensuring that drones don’t turn rogue and pose a security threat.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
The civil aviation ministry is trying to figure out ways of ensuring that drones don’t turn rogue and pose a security threat.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

Government plans GPS tracking to prevent rogue drones

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 08:23 AM IST
One possible solution is to have a GPS (global positioning system) trackers installed in all privately owned and operated drones that are registered for use.
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