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Saudi Arabia’s top aviation body on Sunday confirmed it will allow airlines operating in the Kingdom to fly out non-Saudi Arabian passengers.(Unsplash)

Saudi Arabia extends suspension of international flights by another week

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 11:17 AM IST
Saudi Arabia has extended the suspension of all international commercial flights and entry into the Kingdom through land and seaports for another week in view of the new coronavirus strain which was discovered in the United Kingdom.
The passenger load factor (PLF) of major scheduled commercial airlines was 66-77% in November.(AP File Photo)
The passenger load factor (PLF) of major scheduled commercial airlines was 66-77% in November.(AP File Photo)

Air traffic grew 20% in November

Mint, New Delhi | By Rhik Kundu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:20 AM IST
Centre allowed airlines to sell seats up to 70% of an aircraft’s capacity on domestic flights during November, which was subsequently increased to 80% in early December, thus boosting travel.
The occupancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 66.3% and 77.7% in November, it stated.(Photo by Parwaz Khan  / Hindustan Times)
The occupancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 66.3% and 77.7% in November, it stated.(Photo by Parwaz Khan  / Hindustan Times)

Domestic air passengers in November 51% lower than last year: DGCA

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:15 PM IST
While IndiGo carried 34.23 lakh passengers in November, a 53.9% share of the total domestic market, SpiceJet flew 8.4 lakh passengers, which is 13.2% share of the market, according to data shared by the DGCA.
The ministry had resumed scheduled domestic passenger services from May 25, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus lockdown.(Hindustan Times)
The ministry had resumed scheduled domestic passenger services from May 25, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus lockdown.(Hindustan Times)

Govt increases domestic flights’ cap from 70 pc to 80 pc of pre-Covid levels

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 04:37 PM IST
The minister had said on November 11 that the Indian airlines can operate up to 70 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic passenger flights due to the prevailing demand amid the coronavirus situation.
Passengers at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on October 1. Airlines are operating 1,500 flights.(Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
Passengers at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on October 1. Airlines are operating 1,500 flights.(Vipin Kumar/HT photo)

Govt may allow 75% flight ops, says Hardeep Puri

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 06:35 AM IST
A decision on raising flight capacity will be made over the next seven to 10 days, Puri said at a press conference, as the festive season that’s usually the peak period for air travel approaches.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri addresses during the inauguration of General Aviation Terminal in New Delhi.(PTI)
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri addresses during the inauguration of General Aviation Terminal in New Delhi.(PTI)

Foreign airlines’ flights will not be allowed at expense of Indian airlines: Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2020 04:10 PM IST
After the aforementioned Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA)decision that led to cancellation of Lufthansa’s flights, Air India was forced to cancel all Frankfurt flights till October 14 as Germany withdrew permission for them.
Terminal building of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport. Except Bengaluru-based Star Air that commenced its operations in January last year, no airline in service has dedicated UDAN operations.(Representational Image)
Terminal building of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport. Except Bengaluru-based Star Air that commenced its operations in January last year, no airline in service has dedicated UDAN operations.(Representational Image)

Regional connectivity: Two new airlines in final stages of certification by DGCA

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 10:50 AM IST
With the government putting a lot of focus on regional connectivity scheme (RCS) under its UDAN scheme, the two operators are also likely to fly on regional routes only
The bill was passed by voice vote in Rajya Sabha. It had got approval of Lok Sabha in March.(PTI)
The bill was passed by voice vote in Rajya Sabha. It had got approval of Lok Sabha in March.(PTI)

Parliament passes bill to give statutory status to aviation regulators

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 12:29 PM IST
The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 also provides for keeping aircraft belonging to the country’s armed forces outside the purview of the Aircraft Act, 1934.
A health worker conducts COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test of drivers and conductors outside a bus terminal in Srinagar. (Photo: PTI)
A health worker conducts COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test of drivers and conductors outside a bus terminal in Srinagar. (Photo: PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Five states account for 60% of daily recoveries and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 05:10 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The scheme formulated by the Centre states further that if any airline is not in a financial position to pay immediately, the fare amount shall be kept in a Credit Shell to be availed by the passenger for travel by the same airline on any route before March 31, 2021.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
The scheme formulated by the Centre states further that if any airline is not in a financial position to pay immediately, the fare amount shall be kept in a Credit Shell to be availed by the passenger for travel by the same airline on any route before March 31, 2021.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Centre proposes full refund in 15 days on air tickets booked before lockdown

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 07:43 PM IST
If a passenger does not wish to travel, the credit shell can be transferred to any person. If the amount is unused, interest will accrue every month on this amount and the same is to be refunded in full after March 31, 2021.
DGCA had first issued a circular suspending both international and domestic flights on March 26 when the nationwide lockdown was announced in order to curtail the spread of Covid-19.(HT Photo)
DGCA had first issued a circular suspending both international and domestic flights on March 26 when the nationwide lockdown was announced in order to curtail the spread of Covid-19.(HT Photo)

DGCA extends suspension of international flight operations till September 30

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 02:09 PM IST
The regulator, however, stated that it may allow international scheduled flights on selected routes on case-to case-basis
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.
The pilots have raised questions on DG Arun Kumar who in an interview to one of the media channels made statements on the deceased pilots’ landing method in last week’s plane crash in Kozhikode.(PTI)
The pilots have raised questions on DG Arun Kumar who in an interview to one of the media channels made statements on the deceased pilots’ landing method in last week’s plane crash in Kozhikode.(PTI)

AI pilots’ union seeks DGCA chief’s removal

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 12, 2020 03:25 AM IST
The pilots have raised questions on DG Arun Kumar who in an interview to one of the media channels made statements on the deceased pilots’ landing method in last week’s plane crash in Kozhikode.
An Air India Express pilot alleged the pay cuts were unfair, “Unlike Air India, Air India Express has been posting profits for the past four consecutive years.(HT Photo)
An Air India Express pilot alleged the pay cuts were unfair, “Unlike Air India, Air India Express has been posting profits for the past four consecutive years.(HT Photo)

After Kozhikode crash, focus on pilots’ health

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 02:51 AM IST
Senior airline officials said Air India Express had announced heavy pay cuts for its flying crew on August 5. An office circular dated August 5 cited adverse effects on airlines due to the pandemic and announced pay cuts for Air India Express’s flying crew (pilots and cabin crew).

‘2nd tragedy of the day’: Ex-minister after plane crash, landslide in Kerala

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 09:44 PM IST
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement that the plane landed amid heavy rains and then crashed.
The last fatal plane crash in India was in 2010, when an Air India Express Boeing Co. plane overshot the runway and burst into flames, killing 158 people.(ANI/Twitter)
The last fatal plane crash in India was in 2010, when an Air India Express Boeing Co. plane overshot the runway and burst into flames, killing 158 people.(ANI/Twitter)

Air India 737 overshoots runway, breaks apart in trying to land

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 09:30 PM IST
The Boeing Co. 737 flight operated by Air India Ltd.’s overseas unit originated in Dubai, Arun Kumar, the head of India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, said by phone.
During the suspension of international flights due to the Covid-19 outbreak in India, more than 2,500 repatriation flights by foreign carriers to evacuate stranded passengers to and from India were approved.(PTI PHOTO.)
During the suspension of international flights due to the Covid-19 outbreak in India, more than 2,500 repatriation flights by foreign carriers to evacuate stranded passengers to and from India were approved.(PTI PHOTO.)

India extends ban on international flights till August 31

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 05:57 PM IST
Earlier this month, in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, the civil aviation ministry had extended the ban on international flights till July 31. Prior to that, the earlier order had said the ban would be in place till July 15.
Passengers wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they stand in a queue to enter Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, after the government allowed domestic flight services to resume, during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Mumbai.(REUTERS)
Passengers wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they stand in a queue to enter Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, after the government allowed domestic flight services to resume, during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Mumbai.(REUTERS)

DGCA asks airlines to come up with SOP for handling unruly passengers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 08:36 PM IST
The DGCA also cautioned that the “impact of distancing and health screening may slow the passenger transit and increase the likelihood of missed connections.”
(Reuters)
(Reuters)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 pm: DGCA committee explains middle seats vacant move, says PPE prevents virus spread and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 09:06 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Carriers such as IndiGo, GoAir, SpiceJet and Air India have cited their inability to keep the middle seats on flights empty because of fliers’ high demand.(Reuters File photo)
Carriers such as IndiGo, GoAir, SpiceJet and Air India have cited their inability to keep the middle seats on flights empty because of fliers’ high demand.(Reuters File photo)

PPE prevents spread of Covid-19: DGCA committee on leaving middle seats vacant

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By K A Y Dodhiya
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 11:20 PM IST
The expert committee of the DGCA issued a clarification to the court that SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, could spread by an inadvertent touch only if a non-infected person touched a droplet from the sneeze or cough of an infected person.
Government officials who asked not to be named said that the scheme is a part of the government’s overall plan to ensure targeted welfare and job opportunities for workers who have returned home .(HT File)
Government officials who asked not to be named said that the scheme is a part of the government’s overall plan to ensure targeted welfare and job opportunities for workers who have returned home .(HT File)

Govt to conduct skill mapping of returned workers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 12:19 AM IST
The scheme is a joint initiative of the skill ministry, the ministry of civil aviation and the ministry of external affairs which aims to create a database of qualified citizens based on their skillsets and experience to tap into and fulfil demand of Indian and foreign companies.
During the pre-lockdown period, Indian airports handled around 3,000 daily domestic flights, aviation industry sources said.(ANI)
During the pre-lockdown period, Indian airports handled around 3,000 daily domestic flights, aviation industry sources said.(ANI)

513 domestic flights carrying 39,969 passengers flew in India on Friday: Hardeep Puri

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2020 02:46 PM IST
Hardeep Puri said on Twitter on Saturday: “Day 5. 29th May till 2359 hrs. Departures 513. 39,969 passengers handled. Arrivals 512. 39,972 passengers handled.” A departure is counted as a flight during the day.
Pitot and static sources can also get partially or fully blocked while flying through locust swarms, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.Photo:-HT
Pitot and static sources can also get partially or fully blocked while flying through locust swarms, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.Photo:-HT

DGCA says locust swarms pose threat to aircraft during landing and takeoff phase, issues guidelines

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 06:41 PM IST
India is battling the worst desert locust invasion in more than 21 years. The crop-destroying swarms first attacked Rajasthan and have now spread to Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
A special Air India flight carrying 132 passengers from the UK under Vande Bharat Mission arrives at Ahmedabad airport on Sunday.(ANI)
A special Air India flight carrying 132 passengers from the UK under Vande Bharat Mission arrives at Ahmedabad airport on Sunday.(ANI)

‘Does virus know’: SC questions full capacity flights for stranded Indians

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 04:41 PM IST
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde remarked that there should be no distinction between international and domestic flights when it comes to adherence to social distancing norms.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said on Sunday that there will be limited flights from Mumbai and West Bengal.(TWITTER.)
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said on Sunday that there will be limited flights from Mumbai and West Bengal.(TWITTER.)

Post marathon meeting, Puri gets states on board to resume domestic flights

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 10:36 PM IST
In a marathon meeting held from Sunday morning till late night, with the state governments, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri negotiated terms and conditions set by each state to convince them all to come on board for resuming flight operations, senior officials involved in the process said.
In his letter to the Civil Aviation Minister, the chief minister said that it had come to his notice through different media that the Civil Aviation ministry had decided to resume domestic flight services from May 25.(AFP)
In his letter to the Civil Aviation Minister, the chief minister said that it had come to his notice through different media that the Civil Aviation ministry had decided to resume domestic flight services from May 25.(AFP)

After Karnataka, now Chhattisgarh wants domestic air passengers quarantined

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 07:39 PM IST
He also asked for clarity on whether the 14-day mandatory quarantine would be at a paid centre or a state-run facility for incoming passengers on domestic flights.
State health minister Vishwajit Rane said that the move was aimed at ensuring that there was no community transmission in the state. (Photo by by Ravindra Joshi / Hindustan Times)
State health minister Vishwajit Rane said that the move was aimed at ensuring that there was no community transmission in the state. (Photo by by Ravindra Joshi / Hindustan Times)

Goa seeks ICMR nod to conduct antibody tests on arriving air passengers

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 05:31 PM IST
The domestic flight services were suspended on March 25 after the central government imposed nationwide lockdown restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.
The ministry has capped the domestic air travel capacity, which will be applicable between May 25 and August 24.(HT File Photo)
The ministry has capped the domestic air travel capacity, which will be applicable between May 25 and August 24.(HT File Photo)

Bookings for domestic flights resuming from May 25 begin. Here’s the full schedule

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 11:23 PM IST
The government had on Wednesday announced the gradual reboot of air travel that was halted two months ago on account of a lockdown imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
The sixth and seventh bands would consist of flights with durations between 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minute(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The sixth and seventh bands would consist of flights with durations between 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minute(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Limits on air fares set in seven bands as per flight durations: Hardeep Puri

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2020 04:56 PM IST
The minister said the first band, which would have its specific lower and upper limits of air fare, will consist of flights that are of less than 40 minutes duration.
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.
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