Starting a new airline from scratch is not an easy task in India. Fixing one that’s almost reached the brink is even less so. Ajay Singh, former promoter of SpiceJet and now in control of the Gurgaon-headquartered airline, is grappling with many imponderables -- including oil prices -- and is finding the going anything but smooth. Consider what he has on his plate. To start with, he has to convince the lessors who have been threatening to take back their aircraft not to do so -- a total ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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India’s first private Greenfield airport at Durgapur, promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), is likely to be operational by April 14. "The final calibration of navigational aids at the airport by Airport Authority is done. Now, we expect to get final DGCA licence in a month," state Transport Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay said. In all probability, the airport, christened Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, will be operational from April 14, the first day of Bengali calendar, BAPL ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
IndiGo revamps website, Jet ties up with Twitter India's largest airline by market share, IndiGo, has revamped its website and number two airline Jet Airways has tied up with Twitter to provide fares and flight status through the microblogging site as they face competition from new airline including AirAsia and Vistara. On Tuesday IndiGo launched its revamped website with new functions and features, to make the customer interaction smoother and hassle-free. The changes in website design ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
SpiceJet is grappling with a crisis of customer confidence but it is acting swiftly and following in the footsteps of other big brands. It seems to have dodged the distress markers, at least for now. SpiceJet is back on its feet after a gruelling ordeal that saw the no-frills carrier cut its fleet size, cancel flights, default on dues, and face the ire of stranded passengers. To many it seemed as if the airline would never fly again, but it has; and through a series of timely measures, is ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
While low fares spell good news for travellers in the short run, airlines need to have a closer look at their pricing policy in order to avoid disaster Image: Passengers disembark from an IndiGo Airlines A320 aircraft at Bengaluru International Airport. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Reuters Domestic airlines in India seem intent on digging their own grave. With oil prices slowly inching up and fares heading south, airline losses are likely to mount. It’s almost as if the present accumulated ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has instructed all airlines to video record the pre-flight breathalyser tests of their pilots and crew. The directions were issued last month after an instance of a pilot evading the test came to light. DGCA rules make it mandatory for pilots and cabin crew to undergo breathalyser tests for all base departures. Pilots and crew undergo checks upon arrival in case of an international flight. Pilots and crew members who test positive ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The Centre has made its proposed credit-based system for allowing new airlines to fly abroad more stringent. In January, the Union civil aviation ministry had proposed a ‘domestic flying credits’ system replace the current ‘5/20’ rule to help new airlines such as Vistara and AirAsia India start international operations. On Wednesday, the ministry proposed new airlines keen to fly abroad gain a minimum 300 DFCs before they start flights on long-haul routes (more than six ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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