All stories by Aneesh Phadnis
Refunds to come slow as airline revenues chokeRediff.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 feeRediff.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?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 rulesRediff.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%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 carriersRediff.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 flightsRediff.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 OctRediff.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 gainRediff.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 HeathrowRediff.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 enginesRediff.com14 Jan 2020
DGCA has also permitted the airline to deploy newly-inducted planes for capacity expansion.
Delhi, Mumbai airports see pick up in trafficRediff.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 IndiaRediff.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 disruptionsRediff.com4 Jan 2020
The airline is strengthening its flight operations department to make this happen.
Airlines witness headwinds amid limited price hikeRediff.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 badlyRediff.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 operationsRediff.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 planesRediff.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%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 TurkeyRediff.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 ratesRediff.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 crisisRediff.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 routesRediff.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 airportRediff.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 againRediff.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 AirwaysRediff.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 airportRediff.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 directionsRediff.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 WestRediff.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 touristsRediff.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 airfaresRediff.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 airportRediff.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 mktRediff.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 forayRediff.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 outRediff.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 CupRediff.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 yearsRediff.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 nowRediff.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, MumbaiRediff.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 rightsRediff.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.