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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The flight was scheduled to take off at 7:15 am but landed back around 9:30 am and took off again later in the noon.(File photo)
The flight was scheduled to take off at 7:15 am but landed back around 9:30 am and took off again later in the noon.(File photo)

GoAir crew forgets navigation charts, flight to Bangkok makes U-turn after 2 hrs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 02:08 AM IST
The airline had changed the aircraft at the last moment due to some technical issue and the replacement aircraft was not carrying required approach and navigation charts for Bangkok.
Commandos for Railway Security (CORAS ) demonstrate their skills during their launch at New Delhi station on Wednesday.(ANI)
Commandos for Railway Security (CORAS ) demonstrate their skills during their launch at New Delhi station on Wednesday.(ANI)

Railways’ elite commando unit will now protect Kashmir projects

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 05:20 PM IST
The 1200-member commando unit will use latest weapons and equipments and are specialized responder for any situation pertaining to damage, disturbance, disruption of train operations, attack/hostage/hijack, and disaster situations in railway areas.
It’s not just passengers of Indian Railways that are tapping the free airwaves. Citizens other than passengers of the national transporter are using the free Internet the most, according to anecdotal evidence.(Hindustan Times file photo)
It’s not just passengers of Indian Railways that are tapping the free airwaves. Citizens other than passengers of the national transporter are using the free Internet the most, according to anecdotal evidence.(Hindustan Times file photo)

Railways’ free Wi-Fi benefits more than just passengers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2019 07:36 AM IST
In descending order, the top 10 railway stations by Wi-Fi usage are Howrah, New Delhi, Sealdah, Secunderabad, Patna, Kalyan, Old Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow and Gorkahpur, according to RailTel data accessed by Hindustan Times.
With Indian airports getting busier, the number of incidents involving aircraft are also increasing across airports.(MINT PHOTO.)
With Indian airports getting busier, the number of incidents involving aircraft are also increasing across airports.(MINT PHOTO.)

To curb accidents, aviation watchdog DGCA to issue new checklist for airports

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 10:59 PM IST
In order to regulate airside activities and to reduce ground incidents, for safe operation of aircraft, DGCA has decided to conduct the safety audit of airside activities quarterly as per the checklist.
The Centaur Hotel was constructed as part of New Delhi’s preparation for the 1982 Asian Games. It is just a stone’s throw away from the airport.
The Centaur Hotel was constructed as part of New Delhi’s preparation for the 1982 Asian Games. It is just a stone’s throw away from the airport.

After closure notice, Centaur hotel staff fear for their jobs

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 12:27 AM IST
Fearing they will be moved out of the city or will be asked to take voluntary retirement, the employees have also asked for wage review, which is pending since 2007.
Air Traffic Control room (ATC) personnel at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi.(HT PHOTO)
Air Traffic Control room (ATC) personnel at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi.(HT PHOTO)

DGCA proposes alcohol test for air traffic controllers, aircraft engineers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 08:36 PM IST
Under a proposal of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) engineers working at the airside, air traffic controllers and drivers of passenger bridges and buses will also be subjected to breath analyser test soon.
Howrah: Trains halt at Santragachi Junction in Howrah district of West Bengal, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Many trains were cancelled due to repairing works at a foot-over bridge. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_28_2019_000149B)(PTI)
Howrah: Trains halt at Santragachi Junction in Howrah district of West Bengal, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Many trains were cancelled due to repairing works at a foot-over bridge. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_28_2019_000149B)(PTI)

Cabinet approves higher train speed for Delhi-Mumbai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 11:31 PM IST
The move will give boost to Indian Railways’ ambitious project of ‘Mission Raftaar’ where they not only want to increase the maximum speed of passenger and freight trains but also the average speed.
All airports having annual aircraft movements of 50,000 or more will have to follow this, which means at least ten airports in the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmadabad will have to follow the order.(HT PHOTO.)
All airports having annual aircraft movements of 50,000 or more will have to follow this, which means at least ten airports in the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmadabad will have to follow the order.(HT PHOTO.)

DGCA asks airlines, airports to pay special attention to elderly, first timers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 06, 2019 07:29 PM IST
The aviation watchdog has said that air transportation is steadily becoming a major activity either for business or leisure.
Changing the cushion of seats in air-conditioned and sleeper coaches, improving the secondary suspension between the carbody and bogie to reduce vibration, upgrading the braking system are among a slew of measures that the Indian Railways will implement to ensure maximum comfort for passengers, said a member of the Railway Board.(AFP Photo)
Changing the cushion of seats in air-conditioned and sleeper coaches, improving the secondary suspension between the carbody and bogie to reduce vibration, upgrading the braking system are among a slew of measures that the Indian Railways will implement to ensure maximum comfort for passengers, said a member of the Railway Board.(AFP Photo)

For a smooth ride, railways plan massive upgrades

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 06, 2019 01:32 AM IST
One of the key changes will be the modification of wheels and the braking system so that passengers do not feel the impact when brakes are applied, said Rajesh Aggarwal, member (rolling stock) of railway board.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, the busiest in the country, is expected to complete its expansion work by June 2022.(Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, the busiest in the country, is expected to complete its expansion work by June 2022.(Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bigger, better Delhi airport by 2022

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2019 05:30 PM IST
Under the plan, work on which has already started, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) would carry out integration of the departure and arrival terminals of T1, construction of new T1 apron, a fourth runway and dual elevated taxiway.
The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), which is executing the ambitious bullet train project, has issued the third tender related to the project.(Getty Images (Representative image))
The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), which is executing the ambitious bullet train project, has issued the third tender related to the project.(Getty Images (Representative image))

Third tender floated for construction of 90km-section of bullet train project

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2019 03:34 PM IST
The 90km section will have one elevated station at Anand/Nadiad.
The Delhi Centaur, literally a stone’s throw from the airport (especially for someone with a strong arm) wasn’t so lucky. It wasn’t sold for a variety of reasons. And, over the past two decades, it has slowly faded.(HT FILE)
The Delhi Centaur, literally a stone’s throw from the airport (especially for someone with a strong arm) wasn’t so lucky. It wasn’t sold for a variety of reasons. And, over the past two decades, it has slowly faded.(HT FILE)

The hotel known for its luxe interiors, Chinese restaurant

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2019 07:44 AM IST
The decision isn’t a surprise to anyone and the Centaur’s last act has played out across a decade. Its demolition will leave Hotel Corporation of India with just the Lake View Centaur in Srinagar.
Two pilots of the SpiceJet flight to Mumbai that overshot the runway with 160 passengers and was stuck in the ground for four days have been banned from flying for the next one year.(AP Photo)
Two pilots of the SpiceJet flight to Mumbai that overshot the runway with 160 passengers and was stuck in the ground for four days have been banned from flying for the next one year.(AP Photo)

2 SpiceJet pilots banned for a year by DGCA

Mumbai | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2019 01:06 AM IST
“The final approach was unstabilised and aircraft touched down with high speed at approximately 1,600 metres from runway 27 threshold,” the aviation regulator said in its order suspending his flying licence for a year.
PM Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during inspection of a bullet train manufacturing plant in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture on Novermber 12, 2016.(AFP Photo)
PM Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during inspection of a bullet train manufacturing plant in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture on Novermber 12, 2016.(AFP Photo)

Bullet trains to be customised for India’s heat, dust

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2019 07:30 AM IST
The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), which is executing the project linking the capitals of Maharashtra and Gujarat, believes the trains will have to be customised for Indian conditions so that they don’t break down due to heat and dust.
Employees of Airports Authority of India work inside the Air Traffic Control room (ATC), at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Employees of Airports Authority of India work inside the Air Traffic Control room (ATC), at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Two dozen more airports may be privatised

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 12:03 AM IST
In November 2018, the cabinet approved the privatization of six operational airports. With elections being declared in March, the privatization process could not be cleared by the cabinet, but soon after coming to the power, the Narendra Modi government approved the privatization of Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangalore airports.
The incident happened on July 19 at 4.30 pm.(HT Photo)
The incident happened on July 19 at 4.30 pm.(HT Photo)

Caller said Bombay, airport control room heard ‘bomb hai’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 07:49 AM IST
The caller, a hotel management graduate looking for a job, found a number for the airport on Google and called to check about openings.
RailTel is implementing two of the six Indian Railways projects that are part of 100-day agenda of the Union government.(HT Photo)
RailTel is implementing two of the six Indian Railways projects that are part of 100-day agenda of the Union government.(HT Photo)

RailTel on a mission to give Wi-Fi to 4,791 stations in less than 100 days

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 05:46 AM IST
In two-and-a-half years, RailTel has covered 1,606 stations, including Mumbai, Howroh, Patna, Shimla, Ranchi, Surat and New Delhi.
Passengers arrive in the new, integrated Terminal 3 of the IGI Airport which is welcome first commercial flight, Air India – AI 102 from US in New Delhi on Wednesday 14 July 2010. (HT Photo by Ajay Aggarwal) To go with Faizan story(Photo: Ajay Aggarwal/ Hindustan Times)
Passengers arrive in the new, integrated Terminal 3 of the IGI Airport which is welcome first commercial flight, Air India – AI 102 from US in New Delhi on Wednesday 14 July 2010. (HT Photo by Ajay Aggarwal) To go with Faizan story(Photo: Ajay Aggarwal/ Hindustan Times)

Delhi airport is cheapest to land: DIAL tells aviation ministry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2019 05:33 PM IST
The study says charges levied by operators were lowest at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, in 2018. While most other airports levy high landing charges, Delhi airport’s charges are the lowest among the top global airports, according to the officials.
The project will enable the national transporter earn revenue as well in the form of ads displayed on its landing page and in between the entertainment programmes.(HT Photo)
The project will enable the national transporter earn revenue as well in the form of ads displayed on its landing page and in between the entertainment programmes.(HT Photo)

Soon, watch TV shows, news debates on Indian Railways’ free application

New delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 07:30 AM IST
The Railway Board has chosen RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, a unit of the national transporter, to implement the project that will enable travellers to stream their favourite content, whether it be Hindi serials or the night’s news debate, through a free app.
IndiGo has also said that its flights operations via Pakistan will be back to normal after all regulatory clearances by authorities concerned.(HT Photo)
IndiGo has also said that its flights operations via Pakistan will be back to normal after all regulatory clearances by authorities concerned.(HT Photo)

United to resume Delhi-NY flight, others begin ops as airspace opens

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2019 12:58 AM IST
The US-based United Airlines announced on Wednesday that it would resume two daily non-stop flights — between New York and Delhi, and New York and Mumbai — from September 6.
Indian Railways has to fulfil six objectives set by the Centre and has set a hundred day deadline for the completion of these projects.(ANI PHOTO)
Indian Railways has to fulfil six objectives set by the Centre and has set a hundred day deadline for the completion of these projects.(ANI PHOTO)

Govt writes to Railways to execute 6 projects as part of 100-day plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2019 11:42 PM IST
The Centre has drawn up an ambitious 100-day agenda which includes six objectives, like, Wi-Fi for passengers and raising speed of trains on New Delhi-Howrah and New Delhi-Mumbai routes among others.
About 30 flights were taking a longer route everyday while about a dozen had to be cancelled in the four months that the ban was in place.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
About 30 flights were taking a longer route everyday while about a dozen had to be cancelled in the four months that the ban was in place.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Pakistan reopens airspace, airfares fall

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 01:30 AM IST
Airlines have had to fly longer and spend more money on fuel and extra crew after bypassing Pakistan, and passengers have had to pay more towards air fares on international destinations.
Australia is banking big on women and men T20 cricket world cups in 2020 to achieve the mark of half million tourists in a year.(AFP Photo)
Australia is banking big on women and men T20 cricket world cups in 2020 to achieve the mark of half million tourists in a year.(AFP Photo)

Australia targetsT20 world cup in 2020 to increase tourist inflow

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 05:06 PM IST
According to the data provided by Tourism Australia, visitors from Delhi and Maharashtra contribute heavily to the tourist inflow and with 7.5 lakh Indians living there, the Australian government is hopeful to achieve 5 lakh tourist by the end of next year.
A SpiceJet aircraft affected air traffic for four days after it overshot the runway while landing in Mumbai.(Reuters file)
A SpiceJet aircraft affected air traffic for four days after it overshot the runway while landing in Mumbai.(Reuters file)

Six major airports told to deploy disabled aircraft removal kits

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2019 11:56 PM IST
The direction comes after a SpiceJet aircraft overshot the runway while landing at the Mumbai airport and could not be removed for four days.s
Mumbai police had received a satellite phone signal near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSIA) on July 6.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Mumbai police had received a satellite phone signal near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSIA) on July 6.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Italian nurse booked for using satellite phone at Mumbai airport

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI | By Faizan Haidar & Farhan Shaikh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 14, 2019 04:27 PM IST
Satellite phones have been banned in India after the 2008 Mumbai attack as terrorists were found using them.
Like the Shatabdi trains,bullet train coaches will have overhead bins for storing hand baggage. (Getty images)
Like the Shatabdi trains,bullet train coaches will have overhead bins for storing hand baggage. (Getty images)

Bullet train passengers may be charged for extra baggage

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 07:49 AM IST
The introduction of the country’s first bullet train, known as the Shinkansen in Japan and expected to be operational in 2022, will mark India’s shift to an era of high-speed trains capable of hitting speeds of up to 350 kilometres per hour.
Four passengers suffered minor injuries after buses of IndiGo and SpiceJet airlines collided at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport’s (IGIA’s) Terminal-2 (T-2) on Saturday evening.(Reuters File Photo)
Four passengers suffered minor injuries after buses of IndiGo and SpiceJet airlines collided at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport’s (IGIA’s) Terminal-2 (T-2) on Saturday evening.(Reuters File Photo)

DGCA launches investigation as airlines’ buses collide at Delhi airport; four injured

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 14, 2019 04:52 AM IST
In a statement, IndiGo confirmed the incident and that the passengers (of flight 6E 2315) injured were given medical aid.
Panic gripped Vadodara airport after a package alerted the ETD about the presence of RDX.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Representative Photo)
Panic gripped Vadodara airport after a package alerted the ETD about the presence of RDX.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Representative Photo)

RDX in cargo at Vadodara airport sparks fear

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 08:00 AM IST
A cargo consignment booked with Indigo was checked for RDX by the CISF. The box when opened revealed two air pistols, pellet boxes and two boxes of small bullets.
According to the vision document, key action steps include tax treaties with leading countries and zero rating of GST, Corporate Tax, stamp duty and withholding taxes on aircraft leases.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
According to the vision document, key action steps include tax treaties with leading countries and zero rating of GST, Corporate Tax, stamp duty and withholding taxes on aircraft leases.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

New tax regime to bring down airfares

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 11:19 AM IST
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting her first Budget of the Modi 2.0 government on Friday had said that the time is ripe for India to enter into aircraft financing and leasing activities from Indian shores.
In a few cases investigated by the DGCA, it was found after landing that the airline had lesser fuel than what should have been the planned final reserve fuel.(Satish Bate/HT Photo for representation)
In a few cases investigated by the DGCA, it was found after landing that the airline had lesser fuel than what should have been the planned final reserve fuel.(Satish Bate/HT Photo for representation)

Airlines told to prep for bad weather, carry fuel to fly to 2 other airports

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 10:56 PM IST
Civil aviation regulator has asked the airlines in India to carry fuel for two alternate destinations considering adverse weather conditions in some part of the country.
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