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6.3 crore domestic air passengers in 2020, 56 pc lower than 2019: DGCA

PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:13 PM IST
The occupancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 65.1 per cent and 78 per cent in December 2020.
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Mumbai airport.(File photo)
Mumbai airport.(File photo)

Air travel to continue to be impacted in 2021, predicts CAPA

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:34 AM IST
International traffic is only expected to recover 35-40% of financial year 2020 levels, while domestic traffic is expected to reach 70-80% of financial year 2020 levels
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India-UK flights to resume from January 8 in restricted manner, says civil aviation minister(HT Archive)
India-UK flights to resume from January 8 in restricted manner, says civil aviation minister(HT Archive)

India-UK flights to resume from January 8 in restricted manner, says civil aviation minister

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 08:54 PM IST
India-UK flights to resume from January 8 in restricted manner, says civil aviation minister.
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An aircraft seen on the runway at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum in Kolkata.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
An aircraft seen on the runway at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum in Kolkata.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

DGCA modifies order to suspend international flights till Jan 31, cargo operations exempted

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 04:56 PM IST
The suspension comes in the wake of the discovery of cases of a new infectious strain of SARS-Cov-2 first detected in the United Kingdom.
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A senior official from the ministry of civil aviation, requesting anonymity, said that under an air bubble arrangement, any airline operating between two countries can only carry passengers from point to point.(HT file photo)
A senior official from the ministry of civil aviation, requesting anonymity, said that under an air bubble arrangement, any airline operating between two countries can only carry passengers from point to point.(HT file photo)

UAE airlines under scanner for air bubble violations

By Anvit Srivastava | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 01:14 AM IST
A transport bubble or air bubble arrangement is a temporary arrangement between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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A total of 63.54 lakh domestic passengers travelled by air in November, 51 per cent lower than the corresponding period last year, according to the DGCA traffic data released last week(REUTERS)
A total of 63.54 lakh domestic passengers travelled by air in November, 51 per cent lower than the corresponding period last year, according to the DGCA traffic data released last week(REUTERS)

Domestic air passenger traffic grew 22 per cent in November: ICRA

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:56 PM IST
ICRA said that the November domestic passenger traffic was close to 50 per cent of the domestic air travel demand in November 2019. The recovery in international passenger traffic, however, is likely to further get delayed in the wake of fresh travel curbs.
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If the isolation period for mildly symptomatic crew members is more than 14 days, they have to be examined by DGCA empanelled Class-1 examiner and crew is fit to fly if the examiner declares so.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
If the isolation period for mildly symptomatic crew members is more than 14 days, they have to be examined by DGCA empanelled Class-1 examiner and crew is fit to fly if the examiner declares so.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Asymptomatic Covid-19 infected crew to undergo 10-day home isolation, says DGCA

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:42 PM IST
The regulator said the December 18 circular supersedes the June 22 circular which mentioned that only those cabin crew members who come in direct contact with a COVID-positive person onboard a flight will be sent for mandatory 14-day home quarantine.
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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

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
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.
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Officials said that while the plane landed before the designated point on the runway, none of the passengers were affected.(HT Archive/For Representational Purposes Only)
Officials said that while the plane landed before the designated point on the runway, none of the passengers were affected.(HT Archive/For Representational Purposes Only)

SpiceJet flight undershoots runway in Guwahati; DGCA grounds 2 pilots, pending inquiry

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 07:16 PM IST
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation has grounded the two SpiceJet pilots who were operating the SG960 Bengaluru-Guwahati flight.
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Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.(File photo)
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.(File photo)

Pilots’ bodies urge aviation minister Hardeep Puri to roll back pay cuts

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:50 PM IST
The pilots claimed that while private airlines are rolling back the austerity pay cuts for their pilots, the wage cut for Air India pilots has further increased from October which is divorced from market reality and unfair
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Passengers at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, in Mumbai.(File photo)
Passengers at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, in Mumbai.(File photo)

Travel agents’ apex body directs members to refund airfares for flights booked during lockdown

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 07:15 PM IST
Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), which has 3,000 members across the country, has directed its members to refund airfares
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India has suspended international flight operations till December 31.(Bloomberg File Photo)
India has suspended international flight operations till December 31.(Bloomberg File Photo)

India restricts international flights till Dec 31, allows select flights

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 04:57 PM IST
The restrictions, however, are not applicable on international all-cargo operations and flights specially approved by the DGCA, the notification said.
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SpiceJet’s fortunes have also been favoured by the US Federal Aviation Administration, which has cleared the return of Boeing MAX aircraft for operations(PTI)
SpiceJet’s fortunes have also been favoured by the US Federal Aviation Administration, which has cleared the return of Boeing MAX aircraft for operations(PTI)

SpiceJet shares surge to 50%, Indigo up 29% in November

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2020 03:31 PM IST
SpiceJet’s fortunes have also been favoured by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has cleared the return of Boeing MAX aircraft for operations.
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FAA approved the “return to service” of 737 Max with extensive fixes.(AP)
FAA approved the “return to service” of 737 Max with extensive fixes.(AP)

FAA clears the decks for Boeing Max aircraft

By Rhik Kundu | Livemint, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2020 03:52 AM IST
Following the FAA decision, aviation regulators worldwide, including DGCA, are expected to shortly begin steps to permit the operation of the 737 Max.
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Only two Indian carriers -- SpiceJet and now-shuttered Jet Airways -- were operating MAX aircraft before they were grounded on safety concerns. SpiceJet has a fleet of 13 such planes that were grounded in March 2019.(REUTERS)
Only two Indian carriers -- SpiceJet and now-shuttered Jet Airways -- were operating MAX aircraft before they were grounded on safety concerns. SpiceJet has a fleet of 13 such planes that were grounded in March 2019.(REUTERS)

DGCA will take ‘some time’ before deciding on Boeing 737 MAX planes

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:12 PM IST
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US on Wednesday paved the way for the MAX aircraft to return to commercial service after a comprehensive and methodical safety review process that stretched for 20 months.
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Representational Image.(HT file)
Representational Image.(HT file)

Covid-19: Passengers test positive, India-Oman flight seats cut by half

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 09:13 AM IST
Air India operating with 5,000 seats while IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet have been asked to stop their flight operations to and from Oman
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Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri addressing a press conference at National Media Centre in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri addressing a press conference at National Media Centre in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Fare cap on air tickets to remain till February 24: Hardeep Singh Puri

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 01:19 AM IST
Puri said if the scheduled domestic flights reach pre-Covid levels by the end of the year, he will have no hesitation in removing the fare limits at that time.
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The scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times file photo)
The scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times file photo)

Suspension of international flights extended till Nov 30 amid Covid-19 crisis

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 02:51 PM IST
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) circular also mentioned that the suspension does not affect the operation of international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.
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Vistara takes multiple steps to ensure safety onboard amid Covid-19 pandemic(Twitter/travelobiz)
Vistara takes multiple steps to ensure safety onboard amid Covid-19 pandemic(Twitter/travelobiz)

Vistara opts for single-use earphones, beverages in disposables and touchless solutions amid Covid-19

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Candolim (Goa)
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 01:17 PM IST
Apart from offering touchless solutions to passengers like biometrics/face recognition and e-boarding passes, Vistara airlines is using rotable trays, serving beverages only in single-use disposable units and providing single-use earphones for the short-haul flights among other safety measures during the Covid-19 pandemic
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The Corporation has the mandate to implement the RRTS project across the National Capital Region, ensuring a balanced and sustainable urban development through better connectivity and access.(File Photo)
The Corporation has the mandate to implement the RRTS project across the National Capital Region, ensuring a balanced and sustainable urban development through better connectivity and access.(File Photo)

Civil aviation ministry, DGCA grant conditional exemption to NCRTC for using drones

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2020 10:50 PM IST
The exemption for GIS mapping for Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) will remain valid till December 31 or until the full operationalisation of the Digital Sky Platform, whichever is earlier.
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Private airlines will have to abide by the DGCA refund norms regarding tickets which have been cancelled owing to lockdown.(PTI)
Private airlines will have to abide by the DGCA refund norms regarding tickets which have been cancelled owing to lockdown.(PTI)

Will you get refund if your flight ticket was booked by an agent? FAQ answered

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 07:05 AM IST
Credit shell can be transferred, the DGCA has ruled.
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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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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An IndiGo Airlines aircraft prepares to land as a man paddles his cycle rickshaw in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)
An IndiGo Airlines aircraft prepares to land as a man paddles his cycle rickshaw in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)

India to see pre-Covid air traffic numbers by January 1: Minister Hardeep Puri

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 07:15 PM IST
Air traffic and revenue has been drastically hit in India due to the coronavirus disease outbreak since March this year, when all the flights were grounded. The flights are still operating in a graded manner.
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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

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
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.
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The Indian aviation industry has been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic and as a result, all airlines in the country have opted for cost-cutting measures such as layoffs, leave without pay for the employees etc.(PTI file photo)
The Indian aviation industry has been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic and as a result, all airlines in the country have opted for cost-cutting measures such as layoffs, leave without pay for the employees etc.(PTI file photo)

DGCA issues detailed refund guidelines after Supreme Court verdict

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 09:43 AM IST
The guidelines came six days after the Supreme Court directed that a full and immediate refund should be given to passengers for the air tickets cancelled between March 25 and May 24. No domestic passenger flights operated in the country in this period.
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Thousands of domestic and international flights were cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown imposed from 25 March this year(PTI)
Thousands of domestic and international flights were cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown imposed from 25 March this year(PTI)

Airline ticket refund: Supreme Court okays DGCA plan for full refund on cancelled flights due to lockdown

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 01:00 PM IST
The airlines will also have the option to create a credit shell in the name of the passenger which can be availed for travel on any route before March 31, 2021.
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Aviation regulator ropes in QCI for drone certification

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 08:45 AM IST
In June, the Ministry of Civil Aviation had issued draft rules for making and using drones in the country, which stated that an authorised manufacturer or importer can sell its devices only to an individual or entity approved by DGCA
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Airlines such as GoAir demanded the court to consider extending the refund deadline of March 31, 2021 by another six month.
Airlines such as GoAir demanded the court to consider extending the refund deadline of March 31, 2021 by another six month.

SC reserves order on refund of cancelled air tickets during lockdown

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 07:30 PM IST
As per the scheme proposed by the DGCA, immediate refund will be available for tickets booked during the lockdown period (March 25 to April 14).
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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

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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
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The latest clarification from the Centre came on an affidavit filed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in answer to queries put forth by the Supreme Court hearing a petition by Pravasi Legal Cell. (AFP file photo)
The latest clarification from the Centre came on an affidavit filed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in answer to queries put forth by the Supreme Court hearing a petition by Pravasi Legal Cell. (AFP file photo)

No refund on lockdown flights originating outside India, Centre clarifies

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 10:05 PM IST
For tickets booked prior to March 25 for travel up to May 24 (as calibrated domestic operations recommenced from May 25), the airline was liable for refund within 15 days.
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