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An IndiGo flight lands at Patna’s Jaiprakash Narayan International Airport.(HT PHOTO)

IndiGo now operating 1,000 flights to and from 65 destinations, narrows gap with pre-Covid days

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 06:23 PM IST
IndiGo used to operate over 1,500 daily flights before Covid-19 pandemic began.
Top U.S. infectious disease experts say the findings underpinning the carriers’ safety claims aren’t that conclusive.(Unsplash)
Top U.S. infectious disease experts say the findings underpinning the carriers’ safety claims aren’t that conclusive.(Unsplash)

Airlines stir doubts with ‘flying is safe’ claim on Covid spread

U.S. | By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 01:03 PM IST
Airlines have loudly insisted that it’s safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic, and U.S. travel is surging before the Thanksgiving holiday despite a nationwide spike in virus cases.
There were aspirations a while back that the three months through September might see enough of a recovery from coronavirus lockdowns to keep airlines’ heads above water.(Unsplash)
There were aspirations a while back that the three months through September might see enough of a recovery from coronavirus lockdowns to keep airlines’ heads above water.(Unsplash)

Winter is coming for the world’s airlines

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 03:29 PM IST
As the first chills of winter arrive, it’s increasingly clear that the airline industry is as deep in the hole as it ever was.
Gaurav with his wife Ritu Rathee, also an airline pilot, and their daughter, nicknamed Rasbhari
Gaurav with his wife Ritu Rathee, also an airline pilot, and their daughter, nicknamed Rasbhari

Influencer of the week: Meet Gaurav Taneja, the YouTuber and pilot who almost brought an airline down

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2020 07:00 AM IST
The weekly award to the 34-year-old YouTuber, aka the Flying Beast for calling out his former employer. Read on to know why
National carrier Air India will serve in-flight meal services from Monday.(Shutterstock)
National carrier Air India will serve in-flight meal services from Monday.(Shutterstock)

Airlines get ready for in-flight meal services

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 08:57 AM IST
Even though flight services resumed on May 25 in a phased manner — about two months after they came to a halt — it was only on August 27 that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) allowed airlines to serve meals on board
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-flight meal service was not permitted on domestic flights since their resumption on May 25.(PTI)
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-flight meal service was not permitted on domestic flights since their resumption on May 25.(PTI)

Govt permits meals on flights; airlines can put flyers on no-fly list for refusing to wear mask

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2020 01:11 PM IST
Moreover, any passenger who refuses to wear a face mask in a flight can be put on the no-fly list by the airline, said a senior official of the aviation regulator DGCA.
Last week, a Texas woman said Southwest Airlines booted her family off a plane after one of the children, a 3-year-old with autism, refused to wear a mask.(AP)
Last week, a Texas woman said Southwest Airlines booted her family off a plane after one of the children, a 3-year-old with autism, refused to wear a mask.(AP)

JetBlue Airways deplanes woman, her 6 children as 2-year-old refuses to wear mask

Dallas | By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2020 06:29 AM IST
JetBlue Airways forced a woman and her six children off a plane this week when her 2-year-old daughter wouldn’t keep her mask on.
The new rules are tougher on travellers than on people who have been confirmed with Covid-19, the airlines said.(Bloomberg)
The new rules are tougher on travellers than on people who have been confirmed with Covid-19, the airlines said.(Bloomberg)

UK’s biggest airlines launch legal action over quarantine rules

London | By Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2020 03:00 PM IST
The government’s plan “will have a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs,” the airlines said Friday in an emailed statement. They’ve asked for their judicial review to be heard as soon as possible.
The new aviation guidance shows the government is preparing for a restart.(Bloomberg)
The new aviation guidance shows the government is preparing for a restart.(Bloomberg)

Britain publishes Covid-19 safety guidance for airlines and airports

London | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2020 06:11 PM IST
Passengers and staff should wear face coverings in airports and on aircraft, while passengers should check in all luggage including hand bags and remain seated for as much of the flight as possible, said the Department for Transport on Thursday.
There’s been a string of positive news recently for the sector. Economies are slowly reopening across Europe, and tourists on the continent are likely to be able to travel this summer, even though Germany’s decision on travel warning was postponed to June 3.(Unsplash)
There’s been a string of positive news recently for the sector. Economies are slowly reopening across Europe, and tourists on the continent are likely to be able to travel this summer, even though Germany’s decision on travel warning was postponed to June 3.(Unsplash)

Airlines are gathering momentum for a short haul

Bloomberg | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 02:29 PM IST
European airlines have rallied hard in the past few days, spurred by bailouts and economies reopening. Full recovery may still be a long way down the line, but investors don’t want to be left behind.
(File photo for representation)
(File photo for representation)

Private airlines likely to be part of third phase of Vande Bharat Mission

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 04:34 AM IST
The third phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, India’s massive programme to repatriate nationals stranded across the globe because of the Covid-19 crisis, is expected to involve private airlines to increase the number of flights.
The ministry has fixed the maximum and minimum cap for airfares. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
The ministry has fixed the maximum and minimum cap for airfares. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Domestic travel: Flight schedule would be made available for each airline after DGCA draws up plan

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 04:45 PM IST
No passenger staying in a containment zone or who tested Covid-19 positive or have not been permitted to fly should not travel or else that person would be penalised, it added.
The governments of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium have together been looking at a rescue plan that could top 10 billion euros ($11 billion) in total.(Unsplash)
The governments of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium have together been looking at a rescue plan that could top 10 billion euros ($11 billion) in total.(Unsplash)

Airlines inch toward securing aid needed for lengthy slowdown

Bloomberg | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 09:49 AM IST
Airlines made progress toward bolstering their finances over the weekend, with Deutsche Lufthansa AG nearing a deal for state aid and Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA winning bondholders over to a debt-to-equity swap.
The airline, which is delivering its in-flight meals to customers in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, said the initiative was meant to provide people with “the taste of travel without leaving your home”.(Unsplash)
The airline, which is delivering its in-flight meals to customers in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, said the initiative was meant to provide people with “the taste of travel without leaving your home”.(Unsplash)

Chicken or beef? Airline delivers in-flight meals to travel-deprived Russians

Moscow | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2020 03:30 PM IST
Ural Airlines has begun delivering in-flight meals to travel-deprived Russians who miss the thrill of a catering cart rolling down the aisle because of coronavirus lockdowns.
Several people have been complaining on social media as domestic airlines have decided not to give refunds in cash for flight cancelled due to the lockdown.(Representative Photo)
Several people have been complaining on social media as domestic airlines have decided not to give refunds in cash for flight cancelled due to the lockdown.(Representative Photo)

Aviation ministry holds meeting with airlines to discuss refund for cancelled flight tickets during lockdown

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2020 03:51 PM IST
The meeting comes at a time when some of the airlines have even announced resumption of their flight services in a limited manner from May 4, without waiting for any directives from the government.
Route subsidies feature on a list of financial support requests circulated among airline members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and seen by Reuters.(Unsplash)
Route subsidies feature on a list of financial support requests circulated among airline members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and seen by Reuters.(Unsplash)

Coronavirus-hit airlines in push for divisive route subsidies

Paris | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2020 10:19 AM IST
Major airlines are seeking operating subsidies for key routes once coronavirus restrictions are lifted, a leaked lobbying document shows, stoking tensions with some low-cost carriers that are less likely to benefit from the additional funds.
While the outbreak has led to speculation that coronavirus may be more prevalent in Mexico than official numbers reveal, it is still not clear where the students became infected.(Unsplash)
While the outbreak has led to speculation that coronavirus may be more prevalent in Mexico than official numbers reveal, it is still not clear where the students became infected.(Unsplash)

Airline refutes Mexican authority’s account of spring break coronavirus outbreak

Mexico City | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2020 03:18 PM IST
College students from Texas who tested positive for the novel coronavirus after spring break in Los Cabos travelled to the Mexican beach resort on Viva Aerobus, the airline said, and were there a week later than reported by the local tourist board.
Domestic carriers have also taken a hit, as 93 flights have been cancelled per week by Vistara, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir.(Bloomberg)
Domestic carriers have also taken a hit, as 93 flights have been cancelled per week by Vistara, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir.(Bloomberg)

As govt suspends visas, airlines look at lean summer amid coronavirus outbreak

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 03:24 AM IST
Fresh bookings and occupancy in domestic flights have dropped by 15-20% in the wake of the outbreak among passengers.
Image shows aircraft of different airlines (representational image).(Unsplash)
Image shows aircraft of different airlines (representational image).(Unsplash)

How airlines are assuring flyers amid coronavirus panic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 07:16 PM IST
To reassure the flyers, the airlines have now taken to social media to share varied posts.
A South Korean Imperial guard wearing a face mask guards near notice warning about a new coronavirus in front of the Bosingak pavilion in Seoul, South Korea.(AP)
A South Korean Imperial guard wearing a face mask guards near notice warning about a new coronavirus in front of the Bosingak pavilion in Seoul, South Korea.(AP)

Airlines aren’t about to succumb to the Coronavirus

By David Fickling , Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 02:46 PM IST
The outbreak that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan could push some airlines in Asia to the wall, according to Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of Australia’s biggest carrier Qantas Airways Ltd.
Mumbai: Actress Raveena Tandon at filmmaker Goldie Behl's birthday bash in Mumbai on Jan 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)
Mumbai: Actress Raveena Tandon at filmmaker Goldie Behl's birthday bash in Mumbai on Jan 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)

Raveena Tandon does not support airlines’ ban on Kunal Kamra: ‘I don’t like him, but the ban on him was not justified’. Watch

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 10:34 AM IST
Insisting that she does not like Kunal Kamra as a comedian, Raveena Tandon says the ban on him was not justified, adding, ‘That I will stand for’.
Here’s what happens when an airline opens a restaurant. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)
Here’s what happens when an airline opens a restaurant. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)

Here’s what happens when an airline opens a restaurant

Bloomberg | By Adam Minter
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2020 10:32 AM IST
Southeast Asia’s expanding middle class is increasingly keen on upgraded dining options.
Standup comedian Kunal Kamra has been banned by three airlines after he allegedly heckled journalist Arnab Goswami on an IndiGo flight recently.(Photo Credit: Kunal Kamra / Twitter)
Standup comedian Kunal Kamra has been banned by three airlines after he allegedly heckled journalist Arnab Goswami on an IndiGo flight recently.(Photo Credit: Kunal Kamra / Twitter)

‘Can I walk’: Kunal Kamra’s barb as 4 airlines ban him from flying

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 08:19 PM IST
GoAir is the fourth airline to bar the comedian from flying after Kunal Kamra tweeted a 111-second video that showed him calling television journalist Arnab Goswami a “coward” and questioning his work ethic and journalism. In another tweet, Kamra said Goswami called him “mentally unstable”.
For now, environmental concerns haven’t hit events companies.(Unsplash)
For now, environmental concerns haven’t hit events companies.(Unsplash)

Flight shaming isn’t just a problem for airlines

Hindustan Times | By Thomas Seal, Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2020 12:50 PM IST
While more organisers are recognising the need to mitigate the damage their events can cause to the environment, the industry hasn’t settled on an approach for tackling air travel.

Now, Panjab University employees can use private airlines for official trips

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 08:41 AM IST
Earlier, was mandatory to use only Air India for official travel, now the condition has been waived as long as central funds are not being used
The number of global air passengers will double to 8.2 billion by 2037 thanks to economic growth and a swelling middle class, according to the International Air Transport Association.(Unsplash)
The number of global air passengers will double to 8.2 billion by 2037 thanks to economic growth and a swelling middle class, according to the International Air Transport Association.(Unsplash)

Qantas is world’s safest airline, Garuda most punctual

Bloomberg | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 01:14 PM IST
Qantas Airways Ltd. was named safest airline in the world on a top-20 list published by AirlineRatings.com, followed by Air New Zealand Ltd. and Taiwan’s Eva Airways Corp. Singapore Airlines Ltd. was sixth, Cathay Pacific Airways ninth and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. 10th.
A file photo of West Indies' Chris Gayle.(Action Images via Reuters)
A file photo of West Indies' Chris Gayle.(Action Images via Reuters)

Chris Gayle lashes out at Airline for not allowing him to board flight

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 04:49 PM IST
Chris Gayle last played in an international match in August against India and scored 72 runs off 42 balls at a strike rate of 175.60.
Celebrated Indian classical musician Shubhendra Rao on Friday night took to social media and accused Air India of breaking his sitar.(Shubehndra Rao/FB)
Celebrated Indian classical musician Shubhendra Rao on Friday night took to social media and accused Air India of breaking his sitar.(Shubehndra Rao/FB)

Classical musician accuses Air India of breaking his sitar

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 02:45 PM IST
Indian classical musician Shubhendra Rao suggested the airlines should pay fine for damaging musical instruments.
The government will also likely invite preliminary bids for the carrier by Oct. 10, the sources added.(HT image)
The government will also likely invite preliminary bids for the carrier by Oct. 10, the sources added.(HT image)

India open to selling part of Air India to foreign airline: reports

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 06:45 PM IST
The government has moved about 300 billion rupees ($4.21 billion) of Air India’s debt to a separate holding company, leaving the carrier with roughly another 300 billion rupees of debt, the people said.
Air India incurred a loss of Rs 4,000 crore in 2018-19 and is laden with a debt of Rs 55,000 crore.(FILE PHOTO.)
Air India incurred a loss of Rs 4,000 crore in 2018-19 and is laden with a debt of Rs 55,000 crore.(FILE PHOTO.)

Oil companies restore fuel supply to Air India; airline assures payment of Rs 100 crore per month

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 08:44 PM IST
The supply at six airports was stopped on August 22. Air India had a meeting with the oil companies and has proposed to pay Rs 100 crore every month of the Rs 4,400 crore debt and it has agreed to pay daily for fuel it is taking for operations.
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