Aviation

‘Airlines need government help’

Though that may be the case, at the same time, airlines cannot expect to have government support forever, says John Grant,Chief Analyst, OAG – a global travel data provider with headquarters in the UK. He shares his thoughts on the Indian aviation market as well. Hazel Jain Do you vote …

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Airports offer COVID testing facility

  According to a research by UK consultancy The PC Agency, testing passengers has proved to be more effective than a quarantine regime and also helps build traveller confidence. Taking cue from this, airports across the world are introducing this facility to encourage people to fly more while avoiding the …

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‘Time to play strategic, not tactical’

Kapil Kaul, CEO, CAPA India, presents a strategic way forward for the revival of India inbound, outbound and domestic tourism. To drive his point home, he recommends structural changes to the tourism apparatus, including establishment of a tourism council on the lines of GST Council. Nisha Verma Kapil Kaul suggests …

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Air India to expand int’l network

Rajiv Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India, talks about the journey of the national carrier through the pandemic and their expanding reach under the Vande Bharat Mission. He adds that while they have been able to reach their target of 50% of last year’s capacity, times still remain challenging …

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To UK and back on

SpiceJet has announced non-stop flights connecting Delhi and Mumbai with London’s Heathrow airport. The airline is offering an all-inclusive introductory return fare starting at `53,555, and an equally lucrative one-way price. Nisha Verma The new connection, starting December 4, 2020 under the air bubble agreement with United Kingdom, will make …

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Losses continue, but recovery around

For the quarter ending June 2020, SpiceJet reported a net loss of `593.4 crore compared to a net profit of `261.7 crore in the same period last year. However, the airline recorded the industry’s highest domestic load factor of 66.4 per cent. Ajay Singh, Managing Director, SpiceJet, shares more details… …

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Wellness a priority for Etihad

Etihad Airways is championing wellness as its  priority with the launch of ‘Etihad Wellness’ that builds on the stringent measures already put in place by the airline in light of COVID-19. Its Wellness Ambassadors, an industry-first initiative by the airline, also provide guidance and care to guests. The COVID-19 pandemic …

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Safest airports: APAC & the world

Safe Travel Barometer has released the Safe Travel Score for airports worldwide including the Asia Pacific (APAC)  region, and three Indian airports – Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai – have made it to the list of the top 10 in APAC. In fact, Delhi and Bengaluru are also ranked among the …

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More people to opt for charters

  Witnessing a great response from the market due to the pandemic, charter flight operations have certainly gained  momentum. Kanika Tekriwal, CEO & Founder, JetSetGo Aviation, anticipates that more people will opt for charters  rather than commercials for flying due to natural safety concerns. Manas Dwivedi With charter flights becoming …

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Virgin Atlantic offers flexibility

Virgin Atlantic has resumed its service from Delhi and will start Mumbai operations from September 17, 2020. Alex McEwan, Country Manager – India, Virgin Atlantic, claims that bookings will now be more flexible for travel agents, as he simultaneously clears the air on the airline’s restructuring and recapitalisation plan. Nisha …

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