Aviation

LCCs to benefit post re-start

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Group, has said that low-cost carriers would benefit when the aviation sector resumes in a post-COVID world, thanks to a strong domestic demand in the US, China and Europe. He adds that business travel will return in absolute terms, but airlines have to be ready …

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Airline industry will be smaller

Willie Walsh, Director General, International Air Transport Association (IATA), has said that the global aviation industry will emerge smaller from the COVID-19 crisis, unable to recover all the capacity it enjoyed pre-pandemic, in 2019. He also believes that the sector should remain more cautious in the future. Nisha Verma The …

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Emirates is eager to return

UAE’s flag carrier – Emirates – has been following all necessary protocols to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. Already covering a network of 120 destinations, Emirates is looking at increasing its capacity further in the coming months Shehara Rizly Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates, says that for …

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Impact of the second wave

Extracts from the latest CAPA Advisory India Aviation Outlook FY2022 reflect how the second wave of the infection will impact key trends in Indian aviation in FY2022. It will take significant time to restore the confidence of inbound tourists and business travellers in India as a destination. Pre-COVID traffic is …

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Vaccinate to revive

The latest research from ForwardKeys reveals that vaccinations appear to hold the key to reviving international travel. Three origin markets, Israel, the US and the UK, where vaccination campaigns are particularly well advanced, have seen outbound flight bookings climb more steeply than elsewhere. Greece, whose economy is highly dependent on …

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Air Seychelles records 80% PLF

Air Seychelles resumed its flight operations between Mumbai and Seychelles on April 8 this year, and on the first day itself, departing from Mumbai, recorded a Passenger Load Factor (PLF) of 80 per cent. It continues to now build awareness of its products & services in India. Nisha Verma Air …

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Connect to Rajkot sans Ahmedabad

Low-cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet have started new daily flights to Rajkot from key metro cities of India, fulfilling the demand for enhanced connectivity by the travel trade in the region. Travel to the industrial centre earlier required people to transit via Ahmedabad, adding four to six needless hours to …

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Emerging trends in air travel

Neerja Bhatia, Vice President, Indian Sub-continent, Etihad Airways, discusses some interesting trends that will define air travel in 2021. The past year has seen businesses adapt quickly to meet the needs of a reformed world. New travel protocols emerged, air travel restrictions were announced and more importantly, wellness in travel …

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Long-haul, direct flights to shine

Vinod Kannan, Vistara’s Chief Commercial Officer, believes there’s going to be opportunities for long-haul and direct flights from India. He also discusses in detail how the airline is faring and what lies in store for 2021-22. Despite the pandemic, Vistara has not cancelled any of its planned deliveries. In fact, …

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Indians can now fly direct to Maafaru

Maldivian, the national carrier of Republic of Maldives and owned & operated by Island Aviation Services (IAS), will start direct flights between Maafaru and Mumbai from April 13, 2021. Aishath Jennifer, Deputy Managing Director, Maldivian, shares details and what lies ahead for the carrier. Nisha Verma At present, Maldivian operates …

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