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Refunds to come slow as airline revenues choke

Refunds to come slow as airline revenues choke

Rediff.com6 days ago

International airlines are offering affected passengers an option of refund, vouchers, discounts on future bookings, and the opportunity to hold tickets for up to two years following travel bans.

Covid-19: DGCA asks foreign airlines to waive cancellation fee

Covid-19: DGCA asks foreign airlines to waive cancellation fee

Rediff.com14 Mar 2020

Indian airlines have also been advised separately to give relief, an official said.

Is it safe to travel in the time of coronivirus?

Is it safe to travel in the time of coronivirus?

Rediff.com12 Mar 2020

Flight occupancy and fresh bookings have dropped over ten per cent in last few days as individuals and corporates defer trips. International travel is already hit due to a series of visa restrictions.

DGCA warns airlines over not following Covid-19 rules

DGCA warns airlines over not following Covid-19 rules

Rediff.com11 Mar 2020

"We have found that a couple of international airlines are not adhering to the rules. Failure to adhere to rules shall entail strict action," said Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Kumar.

Coronavirus outbreak: Airfares to UK, US get cheaper by 30%

Coronavirus outbreak: Airfares to UK, US get cheaper by 30%

Rediff.com6 Mar 2020

Travel restrictions are in place only for a limited number of countries but people are cancelling or postponing travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus impact: Saudi move to halt pilgrimages to hit Indian carriers

Coronavirus impact: Saudi move to halt pilgrimages to hit Indian carriers

Rediff.com28 Feb 2020

Over 50 per cent of all traffic to Jeddah consists pilgrims headed to Mecca and Medina.

As tourist traffic grows, airlines plan more India-Russia flights

As tourist traffic grows, airlines plan more India-Russia flights

Rediff.com23 Feb 2020

The new flights come against the backdrop of the Indian government's move to boost air connectivity with Central Asia and tap the interest of Russian investors in India.

1st non-stop Bengaluru-US flight from Oct

1st non-stop Bengaluru-US flight from Oct

Rediff.com14 Feb 2020

The new service by American Airlines will provide connectivity to tech hubs in both the countries.

Coronavirus: China's pain is Air-India's gain

Coronavirus: China's pain is Air-India's gain

Rediff.com11 Feb 2020

Curtailment of flights between India and China will help Air India and other airlines to boost their seat occupancy and market share.

Air India eyes more slots at Heathrow

Air India eyes more slots at Heathrow

Rediff.com15 Jan 2020

With over 700,000 annual passengers and 21 per cent market share Air India is the largest carrier on India-United Kingdom routes.

IndiGo gets 4 more months to replace A320Neo engines

IndiGo gets 4 more months to replace A320Neo engines

Rediff.com14 Jan 2020

DGCA has also permitted the airline to deploy newly-inducted planes for capacity expansion.

Delhi, Mumbai airports see pick up in traffic

Delhi, Mumbai airports see pick up in traffic

Rediff.com12 Jan 2020

Improvement in load factors, coupled with an increase in seat capacity after Jet's slots were allotted to low-cost airlines, has resulted in an increase in daily passenger traffic.

Uddhav promises to make life easy for Corporate India

Uddhav promises to make life easy for Corporate India

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

Maharashtra is facing competition from other states to attract new investment and has seen a decline in manufacturing activity in the recent past. Last April, the state government unveiled an industrial policy, promising sops and concessions, in a bid to attract Rs 10 trillion worth of investment over five years.

How GoAir plans to prevent flight disruptions

How GoAir plans to prevent flight disruptions

Rediff.com4 Jan 2020

The airline is strengthening its flight operations department to make this happen.

Airlines witness headwinds amid limited price hike

Airlines witness headwinds amid limited price hike

Rediff.com4 Jan 2020

Brent crude oil price surged 4 per cent on Friday, following tension between Iran and the US. Airlines, however, have been unable to pass on the price increase to customers due to the soft demand.

CAA protests: Tourism may be hit badly

CAA protests: Tourism may be hit badly

Rediff.com23 Dec 2019

Foreign tourists are postponing their India holiday and there have been some cancellations as well, with trips to the North-East seeing the most adverse impact.

Air India may be unable to sustain operations

Air India may be unable to sustain operations

Rediff.com18 Dec 2019

Air India is seeking government approval to raise a Rs 2,000 crore loan and refinance $819 million aircraft debt, which would help tide over the financial crisis.

GoAir chooses Pratt & Whitney engines for 2nd lot of 72 Airbus planes

GoAir chooses Pratt & Whitney engines for 2nd lot of 72 Airbus planes

Rediff.com21 Nov 2019

The selection gives a boost to the US engine firm, which lost out to rival manufacturer CFM International for IndiGo's 280 aircraft engine order in June.

Good news for fliers to Saudi Arabia as seat quota hiked by 78%

Good news for fliers to Saudi Arabia as seat quota hiked by 78%

Rediff.com11 Nov 2019

Among the Indian carriers, Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo, and SpiceJet operate flights to Saudi Arabia while Saudi Arabian Airlines and Flynas are the two carriers operating in India.

India issues advisory against travel to Turkey

India issues advisory against travel to Turkey

Rediff.com24 Oct 2019

The advisory was issued by the Indian embassy in Ankara on Tuesday against the backdrop of strained India-Turkey relations and Turkey's offensive against Kurdish rebels in Syria.

Why Goa hotels may be forced to cut rates

Why Goa hotels may be forced to cut rates

Rediff.com24 Sep 2019

The company operated chartered flights from London Gatwick and Manchester airports to Goa between November and March and its closure will adversely impact local tourism.

Flights may cost more thanks to Saudi oil crisis

Flights may cost more thanks to Saudi oil crisis

Rediff.com17 Sep 2019

The national carrier, which is already struggling with its fuel payments, spends Rs 6,000-7,000 crore annually on fuel. A 10 per cent hike in crude price would mean over Rs 50-58 crore of extra costs for the airline.

With more seats, IndiGo pips Air India on international routes

With more seats, IndiGo pips Air India on international routes

Rediff.com9 Sep 2019

While IndiGo had 11.8 per cent of all the international seats to and fro India in the last week of August, Air India's seat share was 11.4 per cent. Emirates came third with 8.1 per cent, and rest of the airlines constituted 68 per cent of the seat share.

L&T bags engineering contract for Navi Mumbai airport

L&T bags engineering contract for Navi Mumbai airport

Rediff.com1 Sep 2019

The deal size and project completion deadline were not disclosed in the announcement, but people in the know have pegged the deal at over Rs 6,000 crore, reports Aneesh Phadnis.

Despite Jet crisis, domestic air traffic set for double-digit growth again

Despite Jet crisis, domestic air traffic set for double-digit growth again

Rediff.com19 Aug 2019

One reason is that airlines have ramped up capacity and expanded their presence in tier-II markets. The first of a three-part series analyses how the aviation industry is an outlier in the midst of an overall economic slowdown.

Vedanta's Anil Agarwal eyes reviving Jet Airways

Vedanta's Anil Agarwal eyes reviving Jet Airways

Rediff.com12 Aug 2019

Agarwal submitted the express of interest through his family investment arm Volcan Investments before the close of the bid process on Saturday afternoon.

Last-minute airfares rise 40% as rain disrupts Mumbai airport

Last-minute airfares rise 40% as rain disrupts Mumbai airport

Rediff.com4 Jul 2019

On Tuesday 55 flights were diverted, over 200 flights were cancelled because of rain, low visibility and poor braking action on secondary runway

Planes overshoot runway thrice in 2 days: DGCA issues safety directions

Planes overshoot runway thrice in 2 days: DGCA issues safety directions

Rediff.com3 Jul 2019

In a circular, the DGCA said, "Crew should be well aware of the aircraft limitations and of takeoff/landing performance calculations during the adverse weather operations." The regulator also said that the airlines must "make available sufficiently experienced crew in the cockpit".

How Air India plans to spread its wings in both East and West

How Air India plans to spread its wings in both East and West

Rediff.com18 Jun 2019

Besides lining up Bali, Nairobi and Toronto flights, the airline is also planning flights from Mumbai to Hong Kong. The network expansion will help the national carrier grow its market share and capitalise on the capacity vaccum created by the collapse of Jet Airways.

Why India fails to attract foreign tourists

Why India fails to attract foreign tourists

Rediff.com13 Jun 2019

Tourist arrival growth down to 1.9% over poor marketing and terror threats. Airlines, too, have been forced to reroute following airspace closure. UK and Australia advised their citizens from travelling to Srinagar following the Pulwama attack.

Aviation security fee revision could push up airfares

Aviation security fee revision could push up airfares

Rediff.com10 Jun 2019

Starting July 1, passengers will be charged an aviation security fee of Rs 150, as opposed to the current Rs 130 for domestic flights, and $4.85 as compared to the current $3.25 for international flights.

L&T likely to win the contract to build Navi Mumbai airport

L&T likely to win the contract to build Navi Mumbai airport

Rediff.com10 Jun 2019

The airport, which will now be built to handle 20 million passengers, will likely start operations by mid-2020. However, rating agency CRISIL in its report in May-end had said operations are expected to start in 2023.

Why Indian pharma cos are gung-ho about the US mkt

Why Indian pharma cos are gung-ho about the US mkt

Rediff.com24 May 2019

While companies continue to face regulatory pressure leading to higher costs, they see an uptick from the launch of differentiated and high-margin products

Vistara is all set for global foray

Vistara is all set for global foray

Rediff.com22 May 2019

Vistara appoints Vinod Kannan as chief strategy officer; plans to launch its maiden international flight to Colombo in May

Further turbulence for Jet as top execs bail out

Further turbulence for Jet as top execs bail out

Rediff.com15 May 2019

The top executives who have put in their papers with immediate effect include Jet's chief executive officer (CEO) Vinay Dube, chief finance officer (CFO) and deputy CEO Amit Agarwal and company secretary Kuldeep Sharma.

80,000 Indians to head for World Cup

80,000 Indians to head for World Cup

Rediff.com13 May 2019

The demand is the highest for the India-Pakistan match at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16 and also for the final at Lords on July 14.

Why Brand Jet collapsed after 25 years

Why Brand Jet collapsed after 25 years

Rediff.com10 May 2019

A mix of financial and strategic mistakes combined with poor expectations of the management are the reasons for the downfall of Indian airlines. For Jet, the deathly potion was even more toxic on account of the bitter squabbles between promoter Naresh Goyal and strategic partner Etihad Airways.

British bizman Jason Unsworth EoI for Jet will not be considered now

British bizman Jason Unsworth EoI for Jet will not be considered now

Rediff.com9 May 2019

Sources said Unsworth had submitted a one-page letter indicating his interest in Jet but without any accompanying documents.

Delta returns to India; to fly non-stop between New York, Mumbai

Delta returns to India; to fly non-stop between New York, Mumbai

Rediff.com2 May 2019

Delta said the airline will operate a Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft with a three-class configuration on the route and will offer passengers wi-fi connectivity and free mobile messaging.

Jet urges govt to protect international traffic rights

Jet urges govt to protect international traffic rights

Rediff.com29 Apr 2019

Jet has been operating on international routes since 2004, being the first private airline to do so in decades, after it launched a Chennai-Colombo service in March that year.

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