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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Trials at Kempegoda International Airport commenced on July 1 and will continue over the next three to four weeks, a spokesperson for Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) said.(HT Photo)
Trials at Kempegoda International Airport commenced on July 1 and will continue over the next three to four weeks, a spokesperson for Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) said.(HT Photo)

Bengaluru may be India’s first to use body scanners

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 08:08 AM IST
The Bureau for Civil Aviation Secretary (BCAS) has made it mandatory for so-called hypersensitive airports, or facilities thought to be vulnerable to security risks, to deploy body scanners by April 2020.
SpiceJet SG 6237 overshot runway while landing at Mumbai Airport on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
SpiceJet SG 6237 overshot runway while landing at Mumbai Airport on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

DGCA show-causes four SpiceJet officials

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 11:29 PM IST
The alleged lapses pertain to incidents reported in the past 72 hours, in which three SpiceJet flights — Bhopal-Surat, Pune-Kolkata and Jaipur-Mumbai — overshot the runway on landing.
A SpiceJet Boeing overshot the runway while landing due to heavy rains at an airport in Mumbai, July 2, 2019 .(REUTERS)
A SpiceJet Boeing overshot the runway while landing due to heavy rains at an airport in Mumbai, July 2, 2019 .(REUTERS)

Spicejet aircraft still stuck at Mumbai airport, hurts air ops

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 03:04 PM IST
SpiceJet-operated Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway, broke its nose wheel and has been stranded for two days at the end of the main runway.
The plane remained stuck on the runway and could not be cleared until late Tuesday as the only Disabled Aircraft Retrieval Kit (DARK) in India was in Mangaluru to clear an Air India Express plane, which overshot the runway there on Sunday.(ANI Photo)
The plane remained stuck on the runway and could not be cleared until late Tuesday as the only Disabled Aircraft Retrieval Kit (DARK) in India was in Mangaluru to clear an Air India Express plane, which overshot the runway there on Sunday.(ANI Photo)

SpiceJet that overshot Mumbai airport runway is still stuck. Here’s why

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 11:36 AM IST
DARK is used whenever aircraft get stuck in soft surfaces after veering off from runways. It is placed below the stuck portion of an aircraft and then blown like a balloon to lift it.
In a move that could earn them an estimated monthly business of Rs 10-15 crore additional revenue , the ministry of civil aviation has allowed airport operators in the country to provide security to international airlines flying to India in competition with local airlines.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
In a move that could earn them an estimated monthly business of Rs 10-15 crore additional revenue , the ministry of civil aviation has allowed airport operators in the country to provide security to international airlines flying to India in competition with local airlines.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Airport operators to provide security to intl airlines flying to India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2019 05:58 AM IST
With over 100 foreign airlines operating in India, the business was distributed between six Indian airlines, IndiGo. Vistara, Spicejet, Air India, Go Air and Air Asia.
FILE PHOTO: The flight, with a bomb presumably in its luggage, was escorted to Stansted airport in London.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: The flight, with a bomb presumably in its luggage, was escorted to Stansted airport in London.(REUTERS)

E-mail says bomb in bags, but Air India left most behind

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2019 11:20 AM IST
Luckily, for the 343 people on board, Air India had made a decision that would normally rankle most flyers: most of the check-in luggage had been left behind at Mumbai since the flight was overbooked.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has found serious lapses on the part of air traffic controllers in Delhi while investigating a case of a near miss between IndiGo and KLM flights over the airspace in the national capital in 2016.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has found serious lapses on the part of air traffic controllers in Delhi while investigating a case of a near miss between IndiGo and KLM flights over the airspace in the national capital in 2016.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Air traffic control responsible for 2016 near mid-air collision over Delhi

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 02:21 PM IST
An IndiGo flight from Delhi to Bengaluru and KLM Royal Dutch Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight came close to each other over Delhi airspace on November 2, 2016.
He has been asked to submit his licence and not to leave his base station, which is Kolkata. (File photo: ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)
He has been asked to submit his licence and not to leave his base station, which is Kolkata. (File photo: ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)

Air India suspends pilot for allegedly shoplifting at Sydney airport

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 03:54 PM IST
According to an Air India official, the regional manager of the Australia informed about the case to the headquarters and though the pilot was allowed to fly, he was handed over his suspension as soon as he arrived at the Delhi airport.
Amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran, India’s aviation regulator DGCA Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the “affected part of the Iranian airspace” and reroute their flight “suitably”.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran, India’s aviation regulator DGCA Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the “affected part of the Iranian airspace” and reroute their flight “suitably”.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

DGCA asks Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 09:47 AM IST
Indian carriers’ decision follows a warning by the American aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration to a possibility that commercial aircraft can be mistakenly targeted in Iranian airspace.
Railways minister Piyush Goyal has been a great supporter of the tender process in granting contracts to public sector units for transparency and cost-effectiveness.(Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Railways minister Piyush Goyal has been a great supporter of the tender process in granting contracts to public sector units for transparency and cost-effectiveness.(Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Railways board, minister differ on key PSU issue

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2019 11:37 PM IST
The board, consisting of its chairman and members, meets every week to decide on important matters. The minister is not a part of this meeting.
Given the interest in the region, Dubai-based airline Emirates has offered Indian customers an option of using their boarding passes for discounts of up to 50% at over 500 leisure and retail outlet locations across the United Arab Emirates from May 1 and August 31.(AFP)
Given the interest in the region, Dubai-based airline Emirates has offered Indian customers an option of using their boarding passes for discounts of up to 50% at over 500 leisure and retail outlet locations across the United Arab Emirates from May 1 and August 31.(AFP)

Dubai, Istanbul top tourist hubs this holiday season

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 07:10 AM IST
Night markets, culinary trails and special shopping offers make local festivals an ideal time to see destinations at their best, say tour operators.
The cause of the hole is yet to be ascertained, an airline official said, adding that it could be due to a foreign object hitting the door during flight.(ANI/Twitter)
The cause of the hole is yet to be ascertained, an airline official said, adding that it could be due to a foreign object hitting the door during flight.(ANI/Twitter)

AI flight grounded after door damage

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2019 01:00 AM IST
While some passengers who reached the airport expressed their disappointment on Twitter, Air India claimed that most were adjusted on other flights.
The agency has directed suggestions received via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to the platform before it is expected to finalise a name for the train by the first week of July. (Representative image)
The agency has directed suggestions received via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to the platform before it is expected to finalise a name for the train by the first week of July. (Representative image)

Udantashtari, Chetak: Contest to name bullet train sees 22K entries

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2019 07:20 AM IST
The agency has directed suggestions received via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to the platform before it is expected to finalise a name for the train by the first week of July.
Privately-managed airports like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad have tie-ups with FM radio channels for broadcasting music for passengers.(ANI photo)
Privately-managed airports like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad have tie-ups with FM radio channels for broadcasting music for passengers.(ANI photo)

Airport authority to take a musical route for less stressful waiting time

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2019 07:16 AM IST
An official said the tenders were issued after the AAI received positive passenger feedback to a trial run of playing music at the Chandigarh airport last year. He said the same will now be replicated at other AAI-run airports.
The airline, which is overhauling its call centre after repeated passenger complaints, will take the passengers’ consent before taking their contact information, from either the agents or the passengers themselves(File photo)
The airline, which is overhauling its call centre after repeated passenger complaints, will take the passengers’ consent before taking their contact information, from either the agents or the passengers themselves(File photo)

Air India to maintain record of frequent flyers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 07:14 AM IST
The move will help passengers missing out on updates from the national carrier regarding flight cancellations and delays because they booked their tickets through travel agents.
Trafficked to Delhi at the age of 10, he was beaten frequently by his employer, who also gave him electric shocks.(HT File Photo)
Trafficked to Delhi at the age of 10, he was beaten frequently by his employer, who also gave him electric shocks.(HT File Photo)

After 5 years, 15-yr-old UP trafficking victim reunites with family

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 07:50 AM IST
The boy, when he was 10-year-old, was told by a close uncle that he could earn thousands of rupees and get a proper school education in Delhi .
India has removed restrictions on its airspace along the Pakistan border.(Photo: Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times))
India has removed restrictions on its airspace along the Pakistan border.(Photo: Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times))

Airspace restrictions lifted, 11 points opened for Pakistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2019 11:45 PM IST
According to a senior official of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the temporary restrictions were in place on the direction of the IAF.
At a time when, following the Pulwama terror attack, the country’s airports are on high alert, the Delhi Police have found some loopholes in the security measures at the car park of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport while investigating a theft case involving a professor of Harvard Medical School.
At a time when, following the Pulwama terror attack, the country’s airports are on high alert, the Delhi Police have found some loopholes in the security measures at the car park of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport while investigating a theft case involving a professor of Harvard Medical School.

Harvard prof’s stolen bag exposes chinks in IGI airport’s security

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 08:38 AM IST
A detailed audit has revealed that the Terminal-3 MLCP (multi-level car park) of the IGI Airport has some dark spots and that CCTV coverage needs to be improved to help the police in solving crime cases.
The plane was initially cleared for landing by the air traffic controller on runway 28, one of Delhi airport’s three runways, but the pilot decided against it to avert any mishap and informed the ATC.(PTI)
The plane was initially cleared for landing by the air traffic controller on runway 28, one of Delhi airport’s three runways, but the pilot decided against it to avert any mishap and informed the ATC.(PTI)

Scare on Priyanka Gandhi flight after pilot spotted fire near Delhi runway

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 01:00 AM IST
According to multiple officials familiar with developments, the plane was flying in from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur on May 16 with five passengers, including Priyanka Gandhi, and three crew members on board
Data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) a few days ago revealed that industry witnessed lowest passenger growth rate since June 2014 in March this year.(PTI FILE)
Data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) a few days ago revealed that industry witnessed lowest passenger growth rate since June 2014 in March this year.(PTI FILE)

Delhi’s IGI airport records lowest passenger growth, says data

UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2019 03:06 AM IST
According to data released by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Delhi airport handled 69.23 million passengers in 2018-19, 5.4% more than the previous year.
It was found that in 14 selected depots, under nine zonal railways, no blankets had been dry-washed in the said period.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ Hindustan Times)
It was found that in 14 selected depots, under nine zonal railways, no blankets had been dry-washed in the said period.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ Hindustan Times)

Muslin wraps with state-specific designs may replace blankets in AC coaches of Railways

UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 07:53 AM IST
Following the criticism, in April 2018, the railway changed the specification and started planning to move towards lighter blankets
Military installations across the country have been put on alert following the recovery of some sensitive documents, including maps and sketches, related to the Indian Army at the Pune airport.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Military installations across the country have been put on alert following the recovery of some sensitive documents, including maps and sketches, related to the Indian Army at the Pune airport.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Alert sounded after sensitive documents found at Pune airport

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2019 01:07 AM IST
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which provides security at major airports, including the one in Pune, had alerted the local police and Intelligence Bureau (IB) after the documents were seized on May 6.
The closure of Pakistan’s airspace for nearly three months has hit travellers and airlines from Afghanistan and Central Asia the hardest.(ANI)
The closure of Pakistan’s airspace for nearly three months has hit travellers and airlines from Afghanistan and Central Asia the hardest.(ANI)

Passengers, airlines face steep costs due to closure of Pak airspace

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar and Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 08:12 AM IST
The fare for the Delhi-Kabul flight on Afghanistan’s Kam Air, for instance, has gone from $160 to almost $300 as the capacity has reduced substantially.
One day, Bhubaneswar airport had its roof blown-off. The next day, it was back to operating flights.(PTI)
One day, Bhubaneswar airport had its roof blown-off. The next day, it was back to operating flights.(PTI)

Cyclone-hit Bhubaneswar airport became operational in 12 hours

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2019 11:20 PM IST
In one of the happier stories emerging from the aftermath of Cyclone Fani, it emerges that the Airports Authority of India which runs the airport took just 12 hours to make it operational after the cyclone.
Representative image(REUTERS)
Representative image(REUTERS)

AirAsia plane makes emergency landing at Delhi airport

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 09:39 PM IST
According to an official in the Air Traffic Control (ATC) of Delhi airport, the pilot had requested for emergency landing.
The train was pelted with stones so often by troublemakers that the national transporter had to install cameras on its exterior to detect and deter them. And on numerous times, it ran over cattle straying on to the tracks.
The train was pelted with stones so often by troublemakers that the national transporter had to install cameras on its exterior to detect and deter them. And on numerous times, it ran over cattle straying on to the tracks.

Vande Bharat to get improved body double

UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 08:00 AM IST
The back-up train, likely to arrive in New Delhi by the end of May, will have adjustable seats and fully functional washbasins and will be used every time the old unit is sent for maintenance, the officials cited above said.
Fleeting panic seized air traffic control officials at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport this week when pieces of an aircraft’s tyre were found on one of its three runways.(Mint File Photo)
Fleeting panic seized air traffic control officials at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport this week when pieces of an aircraft’s tyre were found on one of its three runways.(Mint File Photo)

Pieces of Air India plane’s tyre found on Delhi airport runway

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2019 07:47 AM IST
Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the Delhi airport, carried out an inspection of the pieces and the runway was closed for around 15 minutes, the people cited above said on condition of anonymity.
The incident left three passengers with injuries and serious damage to the aircraft, especially the front landing gear that collapsed.(File photo)
The incident left three passengers with injuries and serious damage to the aircraft, especially the front landing gear that collapsed.(File photo)

Age gap between pilots led to Air India Express plane ending up in open drain

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 07:31 AM IST
A senior male pilot who was 30 years older to his female co-pilot and refused to heed her suggestions or warnings was one of the reasons for Air India Express flight IX 452 from Abu Dhabi to Kochi with 102 passengers ending up in an open drain following a landing in heavy rain on September 4, 2017
Flyers travelling from Delhi airport’s Terminal 3 need not worry about slippery floors as the airport operator has said it has taken additional slip-resistant measures to ensure safety.
Flyers travelling from Delhi airport’s Terminal 3 need not worry about slippery floors as the airport operator has said it has taken additional slip-resistant measures to ensure safety.

Anti-slip measures for Terminal 3 floor

PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2019 02:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times had, on May 7, reported that Terminal 3’s floor was proving to be too slippery for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) staff’s daily exercises since removal of the carpet.
India has one of the biggest railway networks, which transports an estimated 23 million people daily.(HT Photo)
India has one of the biggest railway networks, which transports an estimated 23 million people daily.(HT Photo)

Indian railways to sell its bottled water at 74 more stations

New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2019 12:07 AM IST
The railways produced six lakh litre Rail Neer until 2018-19 even as the daily water requirement was 16 lakh litre, according to a railway official.
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