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AirAsia India offers base fare at Rs 99 for domestic travel and rs. 444 fr International

The Malaysian Budget carrier AirAsia on Sunday announced a discount sale, offering passengers one-way base fare at Rs 99 for a domestic journey across its Indian JV airline network and Rs 444 for international flights under a limited period offer.

However, the travel period under the offer, for which the bookings commence on Sunday night, will be between May next year and January 2019, as per an airline statement on Sunday.
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Delhi Airport’s T2 will begin operations on Saturday

NEWDELHI: Delhi airport’s Terminal 2 will begin operations on Saturday, taking some pressure off the crowded Terminal 1. GoAir will be the first airline to shift operations to T2 from Saturday night.

Flight G8-148 from Ranchi will be the first to land at the terminal at 10.05pm Saturday while G8-207 leaving for Lucknow at 5.25am Sunday will be the first to depart. Continue reading

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INDIGO is interested in the stakes of Air India

NEWDELHI: India’s biggest budget airline, Indigo, has expressed unsolicited interest in Air India Ltd, becoming the first suitor to toss its hat in the ring after the Union cabinet approved a proposal to privatise the airline.

Run by Inter Globe Aviation Ltd, the airline that operates more than 900 flights daily to destinations in India and overseas sent in its interest on Wednesday night, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said. It came within hours of the cabinet approving the privatisation of Air India and five of its subsidiaries.

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Source : Hindustan Times 

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Longer notice period for pilots: HC refuses to interfere

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has refused to grant any relief to the pilots’ unions, who had challenged a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) proposal to extend the notice period for quitting service from the current six months to a year. A division bench of Justices SM Kemkar and MS Sonak noted the DGCA’s statement that the proposal was at a nascent stage and therefore, the petitions were premature.

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TATAS INK DEAL WITH LOCKHEED TO MAKE F­16 PLANES IN INDIA

PARIS : Lockheed Martin signed an agreement with India’s Tata Advanced Systems on Monday to produce F-16 fighter planes in India, pressing ahead with a plan to shift its Fort Worth, Texas plant to win billions of dollars worth of order from the Indian military.

India’s air force needs hundreds of aircraft to replace its Soviet-era fleet, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has said foreign suppliers would have to make the planes in India with a local partner to help build a domestic industrial base and cut outright imports.

But Modi’s Make-in-India drive runs the risk of conflicting with US President Donald Trump’s America First campaign under which he has been pressing for companies to invest in the United States and create jobs instead of setting up factories abroad.

In announcing their agreement at the Paris Airshow, Lockheed and Tata said moving the production base to India would still retain jobs in the United States.

“F-16 production in India supports thousands of Lockheed Martin and F-16 supplier jobs in the US, creates new manufacturing jobs in India, and positions Indian industry at the centre of the most extensive fighter aircraft supply ecosystem in the world,” a joint statement by the firms said.

Sweden’s Saab is the other contender to supply the Indian Air Force, offering to make its Gripen fighter in India.

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Source: Hindustan Times

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Three airlines told to move to Terminal 2

The ministry of civil aviation (MOCA) has given IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir time till July 15 to decide the date for shifting to Delhi airport’s Terminal 2 from Terminal 1, which is operating beyond its capacity.

In a strongly worded letter, the ministry told the three low-cost airlines if they do not come up with a date within a month, they will be ‘forced’ to shift out.

“As a final opportunity, the airlines operating from T1 shall discuss the issue among themselves in order to arrive at a mutually acceptable situation in a month, by July 15, 2017. In case there is no consensus by July 15, the airport operator shall be free to decide the suitable course of action, which shall be binding on these airlines,” said SV Ramana, under secretary in MOCA, in the letter to the airlines.

Delhi has two operational terminals – T1 and T3. Though the capacity of T1 is 20 million passengers, it handles 24 million passengers annually. Seven-year-old T3 is getting congested due to an increase in the number of flights.

The ministry wants T2 to become operational by October when the winter schedule starts so that T1 can be taken up for expansion. “In any case, T2 should be operational before the commencement of winter schedule 2017,” the letter said.

T2 was renovated in early 2016 to accommodate at least two of the three low-cost airlines operating from T1. However, the airlines refused to move out fearing a rise in the operational cost.

T2 was earlier used for international flights before T3 was commissioned in 2010. It had been lying abandoned since then and used for Haj once a year.

The airlines were given the option to shift some flights to T2, including the ones they would introduce in the future. The deadlock continued, which the civil aviation minister earlier said was ‘undesirable’ as it caused inconvenience to passengers.

T1 and T3 – can together handle 62 million passengers per annum. In 2016, 55.6 million used these terminals and the number is likely to go beyond their capacity this year. The number of flights per day increased to 1185 in 2016 from 1050 average flight movements in a day in 2015.

 

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