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Neha LM Tripathi

I am a principal correspondent with the national political bureau of the Hindustan Times. I track the aviation and railways ministry. I also write on travel trends. I cover the beats at the national level for the newspaper. Before being in Delhi, I have worked as a journalist in Mumbai as well. My hobbies include trekking and travelling.

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Mandatory for 25% of aviation safety personnel to take breath analyser test: DGCA

The DGCA said the revised CAR will be effective after three months from the date of issue to provide adequate time to enhance the existing infrastructure for breath-analyser tests at various locations

Earlier, 10% of these workers were subject to the BA test. (Representative file photo)
Published on Feb 29, 2024 03:46 PM IST

DGCA fines Air India 30 lakh over lack of wheelchairs after 80-year-old's death

On February 12, an 80-year-old Air India passenger died at Mumbai airport as he suffered a heart attack after walking 1.5 km due unavailability of a wheelchair.

The civil aviation regulator has also issued an advisory to all the airlines (Representative Photo)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 03:24 PM IST

Captain Shweta Singh is 1st woman to be DGCA’s chief flight operations inspector

Captain Singh was given an additional charge of CFOI last month, after the regulator terminated its then CFOI on “administrative grounds and public interest”

Capt Singh became the first woman to hold the top post in DGCA’s flight safety department. (Linkedin photo)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 08:29 PM IST

Runaway train was not secured: probe blames engine, station staff

The engineers of a freight train that rolled down from Kathua station on Sunday morning and travelled roughly 75km with no one in control did not adhere to protocol to deploy adequate number of brakes and track wedges when they parked the locomotive, a preliminary inquiry into the incident has found, according to details accessed by HT.

HT Image
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 07:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Goods train travels 70km without its driver

Unmanned freight train travels 84km in India after engineers forget brakes, reaching close to 100km/hr. No injuries; train stopped safely by authorities.

The goods train, after it was brought to a halt. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 05:50 AM IST

DGCA gives clean chit to Redbird FTO after four months of being grounded

The DGCA had in October last year suspended operations at all of its bases across the country after two of Redbird’s aircraft crash-landed within four days

The Redbird has five bases in India– Baramati, Seoni, Lilabari, Gulburga and Belagavi (Twitter)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 07:24 PM IST

IndiGo plane turned left after take-off from Delhi, triggered collision alert

On Nov 17, the Delhi-Hyderabad flight received departure clearance from the northern runway system which includes runway 27 at 12 noon and departed at 12.31 pm

An IndiGo Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 06:38 PM IST

‘Flyers must get baggage within 30 mins of arrival’

Bureau of Civil Aviation Security orders airlines to deliver check-in baggage within 30 minutes of arrival by Feb 26 to decongest airport terminals

The BCAS has been studying the time taken by airlines to clear arrivals halls of six major airports since January. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 05:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Ensure passenger baggage delivery in 30 minutes after landing: BCAS to airlines

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has asked airlines to implement measures to ensure timely baggage delivery by February 26

As per the mandates, the first baggage should arrive at the baggage belt within 10 minutes of shutting off the aircraft engine. (File)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 07:34 PM IST

PM likely to open revamped T1 at Delhi’s IGI airport this month

The terminal, which will be two-and-a-half times larger than the old T1, will initially begin operations with IndiGo and SpiceJet flights, officials said

The expansion plan, officials said, focuses on passenger convenience and will include all aerobridges (referred as smart apron by the airport operator), which will enable flyers to walk to or back from the aircraft, as they do at Terminal 3 at present where planes directly dock with these bridges. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 05:32 AM IST

DGCA issues circular outlining mitigation strategies for runway incursions

The circular was issued over a month after a runway collision between a Japan Airlines Airbus A350 and a Japan Coast Guard aircraft left five people dead

The DGCA asked airlines to undertake comprehensive trainings of pilots, etc. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 04:36 PM IST

India looking to extend digi yatra facility to international passengers: Scindia

Currently, the Digi Yatra facility is available to domestic passengers at 13 major airports in India. These 13 airports handle about 85%

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia (File Photo)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 06:44 PM IST

Over 3000 flights cancelled due to bad weather in 2023: Govt data

Data provided by the government highlighted that 1624 flights were cancelled in 2023 due to technical reasons

A total of 3008 flights were cancelled due to bad weather and IndiGo was the most affected airline with 2185 flight cancellations. (Representative image)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 07:08 PM IST

Faster than Rajdhani, Vande Bharat sleeper trains to be rolled out by 2025

The trains, which will have modern interior designs, are expected to be operational by 2025 and will cut travel time by two hours compared to other trains.

Officials said that the test run of the sleeper VB train is scheduled for April. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 09:10 AM IST

Interim budget: Three new railway corridors to reduce congestion

The capital allocation in the interim budget announced by Sitharaman for the ministry of railways was ₹2.52 lakh crore

IPresenting the Union interim budget for the 2024-25 financial year, the minister said these corridors will be for energy, mineral and cement, another to enhance port connectivity, and a third to decongest the high traffic density corridors. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 05:42 AM IST

3 major economic railway corridors will be set up to reduce congestion: Sitharaman

The resultant de-congestion of the high traffic corridors will also help in improving the operations of passenger trains, resulting in safety and higher travel speed for passengers

40,000 normal rail bogies will be converted to the Vande Bharat standards to enhance safety. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 01:00 PM IST

Report coercive calls asking to work overtime: Air India unions to pilots

Terming the forced Flight Duty Time Limitations (FDTL) extension as a grave concern, the unions said they will be able to show call records as proof of being coerced by the airline

Flight duty time limitations stipulate conditions on how long a pilot can be on duty to safeguard against fatigue. (PTI file photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 12:37 PM IST

Amid ED searches, Soren took 1,300km road trip to Ranchi

Chief minister Hemant Soren reached Ranchi in the early hours of Tuesday and later, held a meeting of MLAs to discuss the present political situation

In Ranchi, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren leaves for Jharkhand UPA's meeting amid ongoing political crisis on Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 05:45 AM IST

AI pilots’ unions raise concerns about overtime

According to a person aware of the matter, the letter was sent after some pilots were forced to work overtime too often

Air India CEO and MD Campbell Wilson with cabin and cockpit crew in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 09:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Air India pilots allege heavy workload beyond duty hours, seek DGCA intervention

They alleged that such practices not only compromise the safety and well-being of the pilots, but also violate established regulations

Air India CEO and MD Campbell Wilson with cabin and cockpit crew in New Delhi on December 23. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 04:10 PM IST

Special Aastha trains for Ayodhya deferred to avoid overcrowding

The Indian Railways has postponed plans to introduce the special Aastha trains for pilgrims that were to begin operations from January 25 to avoid overcrowding at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya

A massive crowd at the main gateway leading to the Ram temple complex, as it opened its doors to the general public a day after the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 07:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Assessing ways to tackle fog situation better’: Air India CEO in message to staff

The Air India CEO’s statement comes after DGCA, last week, imposed a fine of ₹30 lakhs each on Air India and SpiceJet for not rostering pilots trained for fog landing despite their instruction given before the start of the fog season

Air India CEO & MD Campbell Wilson. (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 25, 2024 09:05 PM IST

DGCA terminates flight operations chief on administrative grounds

Captain Shweta Singh, deputy CFOI, would hold the charge of CFOI in addition to her current duties with immediate effect until further orders, the DGCA said

The complaint alleged that Gill used his position to coerce pilots and flying schools or flying training organisations (FTO) into paying kickbacks to companies .(Representational photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 11:58 PM IST

Air India fined 1.10 cr for violating safety norms

The airline was penalised for operating leased Boeing 777 aircraft for direct flights of around 16 hours to and from San Francisco on the west coast of the United States

The DGCA cited an investigation and said it prima facie showed the airline’s non-compliance. (REUTERS/Representative)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 02:02 PM IST

Dense fog, curbs hit IGI ops; 150 flights delayed in Delhi

The fog is expected to continue into Wednesday. The cold weather conditions have weakened, with the minimum temperature increasing to 6.9°C.

At Kartavya Path on Tuesday morning. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 04:18 AM IST

Over 150 flights delayed at Delhi airport due to dense fog, airspace restriction

Airport officials said that the number of flight delays increased due to airspace curbs in Delhi from January 19 to 26

No flights are permitted to land or take- off from Delhi on the Republic Day week from 10.20am to 12.45pm. (Representative Image)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 09:07 PM IST

Air India begins commercial operations of country’s 1st A350 aircraft

The induction of the A350 in Air India’s fleet is a part of the airline’s 470 new aircraft order that it placed early last year

The A350 is part of the 470 new aircraft order that Air India placed in February last year. (Reuters photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 05:21 PM IST

MAX 9 issue: No significant delays in aircraft delivery to India, says Boeing

According to Boeing’s estimations, airlines based in south Asian countries, including India will add more than 2,700 aircraft over 20 years — quadrupling the region’s current fleet

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2024 08:38 PM IST

Will review operations to avoid disruptions: IndiGo CEO Peter Elbers

The CEO said that while the network of 2,000 daily flights may still be seeing delays, the flight operations are expected to be completely normal by next week

Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo airlines at the Wings India 2024 aviation event at Begumpet airport, Hyderabad. (Reuters photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2024 10:28 AM IST

By 2030, domestic air traffic projected to hit 300 million

India will still be one of the most under-penetrated markets across the top 20 countries in the world

Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia addresses the inaugural session of Wings India 2024 in Hyderabad on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 05:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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