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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Kolkata airport one of the fastest growing: Report

Kolkata:  The Airports Council International (ACI), a trade body that represents airports across the globe, has ranked Kolkata airport among the fastest growing in the world. In its report released on Tuesday, ACI’s World Airport Traffic Forecast predicts that India will represent the third largest aviation market in terms of passenger throughput after the US and China by 2020. Kolkata is all set to contribute significantly to the pie.
In reference to the projected surge in air traffic in Indian cities, ACI has referred to it as ‘awakening of the Bengal tiger’. If the regional connectivity scheme — Udan — takes off in a major way, it will further fuel the growth. In the past 12 months, Kolkata airport has consistently recorded the highest growth in passenger traffic, outperforming other fancied airports. While the traffic in Delhi and Mumbai grew around 14% in 2017-2018 over the corresponding period last year, Kolkata grew at nearly twice the pace and ended the financial year with passenger growth of 27% over the previous fiscal. Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai, in contrast, ended the year with growth rates of 19.6%, 12.9% and 10.5%, respectively.

Second runway at KIA next year

Bengaluru: Bangalore International Airport Ltd, the operator of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), on Tuesday said the second runway is expected to be operational next year and the new terminal by 2021.

"Work on the second runway and design approvals for Terminal 2 (T2) began in 2017 and construction is scheduled to begin during the middle of 2018. It will be operational by 2019 and T2 by 2021," BIAL officials said.
T2 would be constructed in two phases. In the first phase, the terminal would be able to handle 25 million passengers annually and the capacity would be increased to have 20 million more fliers.

With 26.91 million passengers, Bengaluru airport sees record growth of 17.6% in last fiscal

Bengaluru: The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has recorded an all-time record of passenger traffic, serving 26.91 million passengers in 2017-18. This included 23.10 million domestic passengers and 3.81 million international fliers.
This is a 17.6 per cent increase from the previous fiscal which had seen 22.88 million passengers, said the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL).
The airport witnessed 1.97 lakh Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) during 2017-18, a growth of 10.8%, while Cargo movement saw a growth of 9.1% (3.48 lakh metric tonne). A BIAL press note said 44 airlines connected Bengaluru with 67 destinations (46 domestic and 21 international) during the period.

Tatas too unlikely to bid for Air India

New Delhi/Mumbai: Steel-to-autos conglomerate Tata Group, widely seen as a potential suitor for Air India, is unlikely to consider a bid for the state-run carrier as the government's terms are just too onerous, two sources familiar with the matter said.

India, keen to sell the loss-making, debt-ridden airline, finalised plans in late March to divest a 76 per cent stake and offload about $5.1 billion of its debt.

But the government has stipulated the winning bidder cannot merge the airline with existing businesses as long as the government holds a stake. The winner may also be required to list Air India and would need to abide by conditions designed to safeguard employee interests, restricting its ability to cut staff.
Since the terms were disclosed, no company has come forward to say it is interested or to reaffirm previous interest, while Jet Airways and rival IndiGo, have already publicly opted out of the race.

SpiceJet to shift flight operations from Belagavi to Hubballi

Hubballi, Belgavi: Belagavi’s loss is Hubballi’s gain. Private budget airline SpiceJet will to shift all its air services from the Sambra airport in Belagavi to Hubballi from where it will operate flights to various parts of the nation and Sri Lankan capital Colombo and Dubai from May 14.From April 8, some services in Sambra were closed and from May 14, all the five services operational currently to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad will be shifted to Hubballi.

This move is part of an effort of the Civil Aviation Ministry to connect cities under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik (UDAN) scheme. UDAN seeks to promote regional connectivity by serving unserved and under-served airports. According to sources from Sambra airport, as Belagavi was an operational airport, it could not be brought under the scheme.

Maharashtra to draft its own civil aviation policy to boost regional connectivity

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is planning to draft a comprehensive state civil aviation policy for the next 10 years to boost regional air connectivity, perhaps a first in the country.

As part of this, new airports and heliports will be built, aviation-related industries will be set up and the process of getting clearances in the sector will be expedited.

The Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC), a state government company that looks after development and management of regional airports in the state, is in the process of roping in a consultant with expertise in aviation and aerospace infrastructure. The consultant will be expected to draw up a vision plan for 2018-2027, an implementation plan and a civil aviation policy.

“There is a national aviation policy…it is the central government that is the decision maker for any proposal. As a result, what the state sees as a top priority may not necessarily be the highest priority of the Centre,” Suresh Kakani, managing director, MADC, told ThePrint.

“So, we decided to have a state-centric policy to take quick decisions for better regional connectivity, provide for investments and take advantage of the fast-growing aviation industry,” he said.

Israel explores direct air connectivity with Goa

Tel Aviv: Buoyed by the recent direct flight service launched by Air India from New Delhi to Tel Aviv, a top Israeli official said that the country targets a growth of over 65 per cent in Indian tourist arrivals.

The Israeli tourism ministry is working on air connectivity from Indian cities like Cochin and Goa in tourist season.

Air India launched direct flight from New Delhi to Tel Aviv on March 22, reducing the travel time substantially after Saudi Arabia for the first time allowed a commercial flight to use its airspace to reach Israel.

As many as 60,000 Indian tourists visited Israel in 2017, up from 45,000 in 2016 and 39,000 in 2015, showing a steady increase in the total number of Indian tourists’ arrival, said Hassan Madah, director of Israel ministry of tourism in India.

“We have seen the growth year by year. When a new aircraft comes to a country, there is an increase in the capacity (to carry people at better convenience) and we are targeting almost a lakh in 2018,” he told PTI recently.

Swiss aviation advisory firm interested in Air India

New Delhi: Global advisory firm Swiss Aviation Consulting has expressed interest in acquiring Air India, according to a senior official in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The European firm is an independent advisory group offering services such as aircraft asset management, aircraft sales and acquisition support, risk management, strategic and operational advisory and flight training, among others.

Founded in 2005, the Hunenberg-headquartered firm has affiliates in the UAE, Malaysia and South Africa, according to its website. An e-mail query to the firm on the disinvestment issue remained unanswered.

The company’s keenness to buy Air India was shared with the Ministry of Civil Aviation months before the Centre formally invited bidders to participate in the disinvestment process.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Wait till April 30 for airport solar power

 Pune: The airport authorities here are now targeting April 30 for the switch-over to solar power from conventional energy.
Airpor officials on Monday saud the 300 Kwp (kilowattpeak) solar project was still being installed and that the “scheduled date” of completion was April 30. In February, the authorities had said the Rs 1.27 crore-project would be over by March 31.
An official at the airport claimed that there was no delay in the work. “We want to ensure that the project is effective and without any glitches. Some more time has been sought for that,” the official said.
“We will update all once the work is complete,” Pune airport director Ajar Kumar told TOI in a text message.

Sea plane operations to begin soon

New Delhi: Sea plane operations in India could begin soon with a committee under the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) giving its nod to scheduled operators who have single engine sea planes to operate them, R.N. Choubey, Secretary Civil Aviation said on Monday.

``Single engine (sea plane) operations for two pilots has been found possible (by the DGCA committee),” he said addressing the annual session of the Confederation of Indian Industry. The Secretary said that issues as to how the aircraft can glide to safety and land on water are being examined adding that the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for such operations could be out in the next 45 days. CAR will set down the guidelines for such operations to begin.

Air Asia direct flight to Delhi

Imphal: Air Asia has started direct flights between Imphal and Delhi from today. It will operate seven days a week and the daily scheduled arrival at Imphal is 12.25 pm and the departure schedule is 12.55 pm. The new development is an outcome of the North East Development Summit (NEDS) held from November 21 to 22 last year. The State Government and the private airlines company inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the two-day summit inaugurated by the President Ramnath Kovind at City Convention Centre, Imphal.

AirAsia to expand services from Kolkata, fares start from Rs 1,699

Mumbai: AirAsia India has expanded its fleet size to 18 planes with the induction of a new Airbus A320, which will help it add new routes and enhance the frequency between Kolkata and Bagdogra.

The 18th A320 aircraft will be stationed in Kolkata, which is the third base for the Tata Sons-AirAsia invested domestic carrier, a release said today.

Bengaluru and New Delhi are the two other bases of AirAsia India besides Kolkata, which serves as the gateway to its North-East operations.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Civil Aviation minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurates flight from Delhi to Pathankot

 Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the first flight from Delhi to Pathankot at a ceremony held at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Pathankot airport was opened by the Airports Authority of India to improve regional connectivity as per the UDAN Scheme. The Airports Authority of India is the implementing agency of UDAN, a regional airport development and Regional Connectivity Scheme of Government of India. Pathankot in Punjab is the 21st airport in the country operational for passengers. The opening of new regional airports in the country will allow the common people to reach their destinations in less time. Under UDAN, air connectivity is provided to unserved and underserved airports at a subsidized fare.
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This airline has introduced its first male cabin crew

One of India’s full-service air carriers Vistara has introduced its first male cabin crew to the skies. The crew is a mix of an experienced and new team who are going up in the air following a rigorous three-month safety and service training program. According to Vistara, this is the first time that there has been a mix of male and female crew up in the air.

“As we expand and prepare for international operations, we are delighted to introduce our first male cabin crew on select flights starting today,” Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer at Vistara. “We are an equal opportunity employer, and it has always been our intent to have male cabin crew once we reached a certain scale of operations where we could efficiently roster and deploy mixed crew. Like our female cabin crew, our male cabin crew will deliver Vistara’s brand promise of providing seamless excellence to our customers through a unique, thoughtful, and personalized experience that reflects the exacting standards of Tata and Singapore Airlines.”

Domestic air traffic increased by 24 percent in February

For the first time in India, the average passenger load dynamic for domestic airlines was recorded more than 90 percent in the month of February, as reported in the data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Passenger load factor measures the number of seats occupied by paying passengers in a flight.

IATA’s data also recorded that the domestic air traffic in India increased by 22.9% in the month of February 2018. This also marked 42nd successive month of double digit hike in the number of people choosing to fly.