AVIATION

Charters: A tough sell even today

They are high in demand, thanks to COVID-19, but charter flights are a tough job to pull off. Amidst lack of clarity about state and country-wide quarantine protocols and permissions, operators have to jump many hurdles to get the aircraft off the tarmac. Hazel Jain Even as one of the …

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SpiceJet gets nod for US & UK

SpiceJet has received the government’s nod to operate flights to the US and the UK. It has already operated over 450 charter flights to repatriate over 75,000 Indian nationals stranded abroad. The airline will also operate its first long-haul flight from Amsterdam to Bengaluru on August 1. Manas Dwivedi In …

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IndiGo’s flight to revival

Taking steps to make flying safe and secure, the largest airline of the country is witnessing travel trends going up in terms of unit revenue and future booking since the resumption of domestic flights. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer, IndiGo shares insights on the airline’s activities, plans for …

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Malaysia Airlines introduces enhanced Economy fare options

Malaysia Airlines has introduced an enhanced Economy Class flexible fare options across its entire network for all passengers to enjoy, offering unparalleled safety, security, flexibility and a completely hassle-free, premium experience based on the needs of each customer. Earlier limited to domestic, ASEAN and South Asian destinations, passengers will now …

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Simple steps to restarting operations

Though airlines have begun operations subject to government clearance, the fact of the matter remains that they may not get enough travellers to viably operate flights as the fear of COVID-19 and a COVID-like pandemic will continue to haunt travellers for some time, says Manoj Srivastava, Director – Aviation Technology, …

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Domestic flights start, int’l awaited

Ministry of Civil Aviation, which allowed the resumption of domestic flights in a calibrated manner from May 25, has said that international operations are still not on the cards, at least till July 2020. The Ministry is also in discussion with airlines on the matter of refunds and will speak …

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Keep the Bravo and Echo seats open?

While IATA’s guidelines for restarting passenger flights amid the COVID-19 pandemic through a layered approach for bio-security measures has been received well by airlines and airports, the point pertaining to keeping the middle seat open is viewed with trepidation by passengers and with caution by airlines, and with reason, say …

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We are all suffering together

Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Civil Aviation, has said that his ministry is constantly in touch with travel agents and other stakeholders in dealing with the crisis they presently face. While the government has resumed evacuation flights for Indians stranded abroad, no news has been shared yet …

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