Monday, May 25, 2015

‘Gulf carriers rule Indian aviation’

NEW DELHI: India does not have 'genuine' low-cost carriers (LCC) as there are no budget terminals in the country. Low fares advertised by LCCs are mainly 90-day advance fares and very few can actually plan their trips so far in advance, Tata-Singapore Airlines JV Vistara chairman Prasad Menon told TOI in a freewheeling interview. The Tata Group insider sounded a word of caution that Gulf airlines are ruling Indian aviation and that the government must make it easier for new airlines to fly abroad to counter their dominant role here.
25/05/15 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India

Civil Aviation Ministry not to regulate airfares after analysis, okays price structure

NEW DELHI: The civil aviation ministry has dropped its plan to regulate airfares. The decision, which spells a relief for airlines, came after the ministry's analysis of lowest and highest fares showed fares have come down or only marginally increased in the past few years.
The ministry has decided against regulating fares even as members of Parliament and a parliamentary panel urged it to put in place a mechanism. Its analysis since January-March 2014 on six key routes showed fares have lowered or marginally increased.
25/05/15 Mihir Mishra/The Economic Times

Predatory pricing a 'big issue', says aviation minister, favours airfare cap

Making a case for the capping of economy class airfares, which skyrocket during peak travel seasons and hit rock bottom in lean periods, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma has said that "predatory pricing" by the airlines is a "big issue" for passengers.

"Predatory pricing by the airlines is a big issue. A large section of the public and even parliamentarians have raised the issue that the airlines charge Rs 30,000-40,000 for a ticket when a passengers has to travel in some emergency," Sharma said.
24/05/15 PTI/dna

Five parachutes that entered Mumbai airport airspace were remote controlled: Report

The five suspected parachutes seen in the Mumbai airport airspace on Saturday were remote or radio-controlled, reported a leading daily.

The report cited sources from three different agencies to say that the five unmanned objects were controlled, adding that the PMO's office has asked various agencies to investigate the matter. Agencies including the Indian Air Force, Navy, Intelligence Bureau and Mumbai police have been asked to probe and submit a report.
25/05/15 dnawebdesk/dnaindia

PPP members protest over name of international airport

The controversy over naming the upcoming international airport met with another hurdle as members of the People’s Party of Punjab staged a protest on Sunday demanding the name of the upcoming international terminal at Mohali be changed from ‘Chandigarh International Airport’ to ‘Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh International Airport’.
The protest was organised by the district youth wing of the party outside the international terminal’s entrance in Mohali. Around 11 am more than 50 party workers gathered there and staged a dharna. Later, they met Mohali DC TPS Sidhu’s at his residence and handed him over a memorandum and sought for the state’s intervention in the matter.
25/05/15 Gagandeep Singh Dhillon & Karthik Kumar/The Indian Express

Saturday, May 23, 2015

20-aircraft target by 2018 is just the tip of the iceberg: Phee Teik Yeoh, Vistara CEO

Full-service carrier Vistara, the country’s latest airline, is about to complete four months in operations. With a six-plane fleet, it currently flies to 10 destinations. Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, in an interview with Sunny Sen, talks about his expansion plans and the company’s wait for the ‘5/20’ rule to be done away with. Excerpts
With the new aviation policy being submitted for an inter-ministerial review, have you put together your international strategy? Expansion to a fleet of 20 aircraft is not enough.
We have planned 20 aircraft over four years. We already have six and three more will come this year. Next year, another four are planned and, by 2018, we will have a fleet of 20 planes. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
23/05/15 Sunny Sen/The Financial Express

Flyers' body opposes DGCA move on unbundling services

NEW DELHI: The Air Passengers' Association of India (APAI) has lambasted the directorate general of civil aviation's (DGCA) move to allow airlines to unbundle services, which means carriers can now put a separate price tag on services like selecting all seats in an aircraft.

The DGCA had three years back ruled that airlines can only charge pre-selection fees for 25% of seats. The idea was to ensure that families or groups travelling together do not per force have to pay additional seat selection charges to be seated together. But airlines petitioned the DGCA recently and the regulator immediately over-turned the earlier decision.
23/05/15 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India

Rise in aircraft acquisition to boost MRO sector: Industry body

The exponential rise in aircraft acquisition by domestic passenger carriers has the potential to boost the local maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry in India, the association for the sector has said.

The industry's potential was revealed by Pulak Sen, secretary general of the MRO Association of India, who was speaking on Friday at the curtain raiser event for the first edition of international networking conference and exhibition-- IndiaMRO.

According to Sen, the sector has a promising future as 1,200 new aircraft would be acquired by domestic airlines by 2020 and aviation equipment worth $20 billion will be bought by the Indian armed forces in the next five to seven years.
23/05/15 IANS/Business Standard

Domestic air traffic growth in April highest since September 2014

NEW DELHI: India's aviation sector in April recorded the highest year-on-year growth in passengers since September 2014. The number of passengers during the month grew 23.33% over that a year ago, the highest increase after the 27.82% spike seven months ago.

IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara registered an increase in market share during April over March even as Jet AirwaysBSE -1.64 % (Jet Airways and Jet-Lite) and Air India lost market share during the month.
23/05/15 ET Bureau/The Economic Times

SpiceJet Holds Five-Hour Long Flash Sale on Completion of 10 Years

New Delhi: SpiceJet, which completes 10 years of operations today, has offered a flat 10 per cent discount on its select domestic flights with a single day five-hour booking period.

Travel period for the bookings made under the "Happy Birthday to Us" flash sale offer, would be from July 1 to October 15, the airline said on Friday, adding, bookings should be made between 10 am and 3 pm.

"With this Happy Birthday to Us slash sale, we are pleased to offer yet another opportunity for customers the chance to fly with one of the most colourful and innovative airlines in India today. But you have to hurry, this sale is only for 5 hours, and seats are limited," SpiceJet chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor said.

GoAir cuts schedule of flights by 10%

NEW DELHI: Wadia Group carrier GoAir's troubles seem to be mounting by the day. The airline is learnt to have cut its schedule by at least 10% in recent days.

The truncated flights come over a month after the low-cost carrier's CEO Giorgio De Roni and almost 30 pilots quit the airline. With a fleet of 19 aircraft, the 30 pilots who quit accounted for almost 15% of GoAir's total strength of 200 pilots.
23/05/15 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India

Over 3 kg gold seized from couple at airport

Over three kilogrammes of gold were seized by customs officials from a couple who arrived at the international airport here from Dubai today.

The gold was found concealed in two emergency lamps in their baggage during a check, airport officials said.
22/05/15 PTI/Business Standard

Missed first sale? SpiceJet gives you another chance to avail discounted air travel

New Delhi, May 23: If you missed its recent offer, then you have been given another chance by SpiceJet to avail cheap air travel. Reportedly, after its three day sale, this Gurgaon-based airline company is offering a flat 10 per cent discount on its select domestic flights with a single day five-hour booking period.
23/05/15 Mukul Kumar Mishra/oneindia