Tushar Srivastava

Tushar Srivastava

Tushar was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

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SpiceJet has told the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the GMR-led consortium that operates the Indira Gandhi International airport, that it won’t move out of the airport’s domestic terminal, also known as Terminal 1D.(AFP)
SpiceJet has told the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the GMR-led consortium that operates the Indira Gandhi International airport, that it won’t move out of the airport’s domestic terminal, also known as Terminal 1D.(AFP)

Won’t shift from T1, SpiceJet tells DIAL

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2016 01:03 PM IST
SpiceJet has told the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the GMR-led consortium that operates the Indira Gandhi International airport, that it won’t move out of the airport’s domestic terminal, also known as Terminal 1D.
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SpiceJet’s record average passenger load factor of 92% for 19 months in a row is not a consequence of low fares, said Ajay Singh, CMD SpiceJet(Hindustan Times)
SpiceJet’s record average passenger load factor of 92% for 19 months in a row is not a consequence of low fares, said Ajay Singh, CMD SpiceJet(Hindustan Times)

Worrying when market leader is in loss: SpiceJet CMD

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2016 10:39 AM IST
SpiceJet’s record average passenger load factor of 92% for 19 months in a row is not a consequence of low fares, said Ajay Singh, CMD SpiceJet
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The government has asked aviation authorities to ascertain the final destinations of around 25 private jets and helicopters that took off from “uncontrolled airfields” around Delhi in the days that followed the November 8 demonetisation announcement.(Image courtesy: JetSteals)
The government has asked aviation authorities to ascertain the final destinations of around 25 private jets and helicopters that took off from “uncontrolled airfields” around Delhi in the days that followed the November 8 demonetisation announcement.(Image courtesy: JetSteals)

Demonetisation: 25 private planes made sorties around Delhi

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2016 11:02 AM IST
The government has asked aviation authorities to ascertain the final destinations of around 25 private jets and helicopters that took off from “uncontrolled airfields” around Delhi in the days that followed the November 8 demonetisation announcement.
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Pilots protesting against a recent draft proposal by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that threatens cancellation of license of those feigning illness have found an unlikely supporter in Air India chief, Ashwani Lohani.(HT Archive)
Pilots protesting against a recent draft proposal by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that threatens cancellation of license of those feigning illness have found an unlikely supporter in Air India chief, Ashwani Lohani.(HT Archive)

Air India chief comes out in support of pilots

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2016 12:49 PM IST
Pilots protesting against a recent draft proposal by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that threatens cancellation of license of those feigning illness have found an unlikely supporter in Air India chief, Ashwani Lohani.
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Aeroplanes lined up for take off at a domestic airport.(HT Archive)
Aeroplanes lined up for take off at a domestic airport.(HT Archive)

European countries make a beeline for India’s open skies

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2016 01:08 PM IST
Requests have started pouring in from various European countries for having an open skies agreement with India after the government announced a change of rules in the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP).
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A file photo of IndiGo Airlines A320 aircraft parked on the tarmac at Bengaluru International Airport.(Reuters)
A file photo of IndiGo Airlines A320 aircraft parked on the tarmac at Bengaluru International Airport.(Reuters)

IndiGo’s focus is on profitability not passenger occupancy: Aditya Ghosh

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2016 08:18 PM IST
IndiGo’s focus is to build a “large air transportation network” and to “grow profitably”, the budget airline’s chief Aditya Ghosh has said.
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Domestic air ticket sales have dropped b y 10-15% since demonetisation.(HT Archive)
Domestic air ticket sales have dropped b y 10-15% since demonetisation.(HT Archive)

Demonetisation hits airline bookings, but portals eye surge

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2016 10:36 AM IST
Domestic air ticket sales have seen a ten per cent drop since the government announced the demonetization move, airline and travel companies told HT. Ticket sales, officials said, had dropped by as much as 15% in the days following the demonetization announcement and the impact was felt more by offline agents in smaller cities.
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An Air India Airbus at the Mumbai international airport. The aviation ministry has directed the airline to implement stricter norms to ensure mishaps do not occur.(PTI)
An Air India Airbus at the Mumbai international airport. The aviation ministry has directed the airline to implement stricter norms to ensure mishaps do not occur.(PTI)

Aviation ministry directs Air India to apply stricter norms after Mumbai mishap

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2016 12:30 AM IST
The aviation ministry has ordered Air India (AI) to strictly implement the recommendations made by the committee that probed the Mumbai airport accident where a technician died after being sucked inside an aircraft last December.
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Investigation underway in AirAsia ‘fraud’, govt says waiting for inputs

By Tushar Srivastava, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2016 11:47 AM IST
An audit investigation into the alleged “fraudulent transactions of Rs 22 crore” in Tata Group’s aviation joint venture with AirAsia as mentioned by ousted Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry is already underway, senior company officials told HT.
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India has increased the number of sky marshals deployed on commercial flights after the terrorist attack in Uri.(HT File Photo)
India has increased the number of sky marshals deployed on commercial flights after the terrorist attack in Uri.(HT File Photo)

More sky marshals on commercial flights after Uri terror attack

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2016 07:29 PM IST
India has increased the number of sky marshals deployed on commercial flights after the terrorist attack in Uri and in view of intelligence reports indicating an imminent hijack threat.
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A Jet Airways flight takes off at Kolkata airport.(Representative photo)
A Jet Airways flight takes off at Kolkata airport.(Representative photo)

HT exclusive | When Jet Airways flight with 150 people made a ‘blind’ landing

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2016 10:55 PM IST
Pilots of Jet Airways flight 9W-555 with 150 passengers and crew on board did a “blind” landing in Thiruvananthapuram on August 17 last year, clueless where the runway was, a civil aviation investigation has found.
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Bengaluru : Air India employees with a passenger takes a selfie during the inauguration of the new Air India City Booking office at Unity Building in Bengaluru on Monday. PTI Photo / Free (PTI10_3_2016_000216B)(PTI)
Bengaluru : Air India employees with a passenger takes a selfie during the inauguration of the new Air India City Booking office at Unity Building in Bengaluru on Monday. PTI Photo / Free (PTI10_3_2016_000216B)(PTI)

Air India wants retirement age to be increased to 60

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2016 01:44 PM IST
While AI has been hiring pilots since last year on contractual basis, it has not recruited people for functions such as maintenance and support.
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In a first-of-its-kind agreement, budget carrier IndiGo, India’s biggest airline by market share, may get Delhi airport’s domestic terminal, better known as Terminal 1D, for its exclusive use.(Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)
In a first-of-its-kind agreement, budget carrier IndiGo, India’s biggest airline by market share, may get Delhi airport’s domestic terminal, better known as Terminal 1D, for its exclusive use.(Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Exclusive terminal: New Delhi’s T1D may go all IndiGo

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2016 10:38 AM IST
In a first-of-its-kind agreement, budget carrier IndiGo, India’s biggest airline by market share, may get Delhi airport’s domestic terminal, better known as Terminal 1D, for its exclusive use.
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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the lone carrier maintaining direct air connectivity between India and Pakistan, may face the heat as a fall out of the strained relations between the two countries.(HT Archive)
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the lone carrier maintaining direct air connectivity between India and Pakistan, may face the heat as a fall out of the strained relations between the two countries.(HT Archive)

Pak’s India flight likely to run into the ‘relationship’ hurdle

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2016 11:36 AM IST
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the lone carrier maintaining direct air connectivity between India and Pakistan, may face the heat as a fall out of the strained relations between the two countries.
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AME’s are responsible for keeping an aircraft, worth millions of dollars, in proper working condition through regular maintenance, inspections and repair(Shutterstock)
AME’s are responsible for keeping an aircraft, worth millions of dollars, in proper working condition through regular maintenance, inspections and repair(Shutterstock)

DGCA goes after tipsy engineers taxiing planes

By Tushar Srivastava, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 11, 2016 03:29 PM IST
AME’s, who are responsible for keeping an aircraft in proper working condition through regular maintenance, inspections and repair, were allowed to shift planes from one hangar to another at night
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A Prototype Atalanta, built in 1931, served as the VT-AEF with the Indian Transcontinental Airways, which ceased operations in 1948.(Getty Images)
A Prototype Atalanta, built in 1931, served as the VT-AEF with the Indian Transcontinental Airways, which ceased operations in 1948.(Getty Images)

At last, Indian civilian aircraft set to drop British-era marking

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2016 12:38 AM IST
India will make a renewed attempt to change the registration codes of civilian aircraft that begin with the initials VT (for Viceroy Territory), seen as a legacy of the country’s colonial past.
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The regional connectivity fund would provide viability gap funding to airlines to promote regional connectivity.(Ajay Aggarwal)
The regional connectivity fund would provide viability gap funding to airlines to promote regional connectivity.(Ajay Aggarwal)

New levy on domestic flights. How does this impact your air fare?

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 06, 2016 08:25 PM IST
The regional connectivity fund (RCF) that will be set up to subsidise regional flights would be raised by imposing a levy on domestic flights and not a cess on air tickets.
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A view of London’s Heathrow Airport during the Olympic Game.
A view of London’s Heathrow Airport during the Olympic Game.

Jet Airways plane flies too low after take-off from Heathrow, pilots suspended

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2016 11:33 AM IST
Passengers on board a London-Mumbai Jet Airways flight had a narrow escape after the aircraft flew just metres above the Heathrow airport
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Air India, not known for aggressive customer acquisition, showed a different side when it indulged in an ad war with IndiGo.(Hindustan Times)
Air India, not known for aggressive customer acquisition, showed a different side when it indulged in an ad war with IndiGo.(Hindustan Times)

Ad war in the sky: Air India and IndiGo finally call a truce

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2016 11:34 AM IST
Air India and IndiGo have finally called a truce after taking potshots at each other over the past two weeks in an ad war at the Mumbai airport which had threatened to spill over and had the aviation ministry worried.
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Samsung’s India arm on Friday said that the aviation regulator has issued an advisory to travellers and airline companies lifting the restrictions on in-flight use of the new Samsung Galaxy Note7, purchased after 15th September, 2016.
Samsung’s India arm on Friday said that the aviation regulator has issued an advisory to travellers and airline companies lifting the restrictions on in-flight use of the new Samsung Galaxy Note7, purchased after 15th September, 2016.

Aviation regulator lifts ban on Galaxy Note 7 sold post September 15: Samsung

By Anirban Ghoshal and Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2016 03:59 PM IST
Samsung’s India arm on Friday said that the aviation regulator has issued an advisory to travellers and airline companies lifting the restrictions on in-flight use of the new Samsung Galaxy Note7, purchased after 15th September, 2016.
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India mulls denying Pakistan airspace, flyers may feel pinch

By Soubhik Mitra and Tushar Srivastava
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2016 09:35 AM IST
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If New Delhi decides to ban air links and overflight facilities with Pakistan, it might have implications for flyers from both countries who would have to pay more and spend longer flying hours.(File Photo)
If New Delhi decides to ban air links and overflight facilities with Pakistan, it might have implications for flyers from both countries who would have to pay more and spend longer flying hours.(File Photo)

After Saarc meet snub, govt likely to review air services agreement with Pak

By Soubhik Mitra/Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, Mumbai/new Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2016 01:01 AM IST
If New Delhi decides to ban air links and overflight facilities with Pakistan — as it had done after the Parliament attack in December 2001 — it might have implications for flyers from both countries who would have to pay more and spend longer flying hours.
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Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara says that it is the work culture in his company that ensures a low rate of attrition.(HT Archive)
Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara says that it is the work culture in his company that ensures a low rate of attrition.(HT Archive)

CEO reveals Vistara’s secret for retaining employees

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2016 01:31 PM IST
At a time when most Indian carriers are finding it hard to retain their cockpit crew in the face of increased poaching by domestic and foreign rivals, the Tata Group-Singapore Airlines-promoted Vistara has said less than five pilots have left the airline in the last 20 months.
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Air India aircraft parked near hangar at Mumbai airport .(Hindustan Times)
Air India aircraft parked near hangar at Mumbai airport .(Hindustan Times)

IndiGo, AI bring sky-war to ad world

By Tushar Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2016 02:54 PM IST
The recent ad war between IndiGo and state-owned Air India (AI) has seen the national carrier taking on the country’s biggest airline by marketshare, quite aggressively.
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