Soubhik Mitra is an assistant editor with the Hindustan Times. The Mumbai boy has spent over a decade reporting on civic, environmental and political issues. His current stint is the longest where he writes on aviation and travel.
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The report said ‘price conscious’ Indian travellers do extensive research
The Air Passengers Association of India (APAI), a body formed by frequent air travellers, said it has seen a spike complaints against surge pricing.
Mid-air scare: German jets escort Mumbai-London flight after it lost contact with air traffic control
The cockpit crew was temporarily grounded following the incident which ostensibly happened after they tuned in an incorrect radio frequency.
A communication failure on board a Jet Airways aircraft while flying over German airspace gave a scare to at least 330 passengers as authorities scrambled fighter jets to intercept the London-bound plane which had taken off from Mumbai.
Mumbai | BySoubhik Mitra
On Monday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued an order that found the senior pilot guilty of evading a pre-flight breathe check-up last month
On January 13, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) reinstated its October 2016 order banning all kinds of photography by flight crew on board an aircraft...
After its inception in 1997, it took a decade for Mumbai’s second airport near Panvel to reach the drawing board. It took another decade to find a builder
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Hindustan Times | ByG Mohinuddin Jeddy and Soubhik Mitra, Mumbai
According to travel operators, many working couples booked holidays between February 11 and 14 to celebrate the occasion and majority of the bookings were done in advance...
According to travel operators many working couples booked holidays between February 11 and 14 to celebrate the occasion. And, majority of the bookings happened well in advance. Nearly one-third of the hotel bookings for that period on travel portal Cleartrip, happened last year; some of them as early as March.
The flier was offloaded and taken to the police station.
India’s aviation safety regulator benched Air India’s executive director (flight operations) for allegedly skipping mandatory breathe checks.
The committee was set up hours after an AI pilots’ union told India’s air safety regulator that an executive-rank pilot was skipping the check, which is mandatory before operating a flight.
A senior Air India (AI) pilot has been evading pre-flight breath checks, a pilots’ union told Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Both officers did not wish to comment on the matter as it was still pending with the tribunal.
The DGCA chief BS Bhullar, however, said the circular was not linked to any rise in unstable landings or mix-ups between pilots and ATC
On Monday, spot fares between metros and routes connecting metros with tourists hubs such as Goa had nearly doubled, showed the analysis conducted by travel operator, Cox and Kings Ltd
While the airline said take-off was cancelled owing to a ‘technical snag’, some passengers said they saw sparks coming from the engine.
A small but significant section of holiday bookings for the upcoming long weekend comprises such close-to-home experiences, said travel operators.
Currently at US$30 billion, collective work-induced travel bills are projected to more than triple to US$93 billion by 2030. The projections, however, did not take the recent demonetisation into account
The revision in service tax that comes into effect from January 22 is small but families booking package tours are likely to feel the pinch, said travel operators
Mumbai airport continued to be the most unpunctual among four private-run airports in December with more than 3,00,000 stranded (for more than two hours) travellers, the highest ever.
Flight cancellations and cases of passengers denied boarding were also the highest, the data added.
Travel operator Cox & Kings Ltd, for instance, saw up to a 25% rise in bookings, compared to the same period last year. In 2016, the public holiday fell on a Tuesday, when travel companies noticed a similar trend
From February 1, the airport operator will shut the main runway and repair its surface from 9am to 5pm. The main air strip handles around 800 take-offs and landings daily.
Even as domestic carriers squabble over whose flights were mostly on time, flight movement data showed that fliers across airlines faced their worst delays at the Mumbai airport in December
The ongoing airlines’ tiff over who fared better on the clock entered the second round on Tuesday after senior officials met the aviation regulator with concerns and calculators.
Thousands were stranded in different parts of the world after heavy snowfall in Turkey, particularly Istanbul, froze air traffic over the past four days
Between January and November 2016, domestic airlines had catered to more than 90 million fliers up from 73.38 million during the same period in 2015.