Aviation

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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Should India adopt IATA Travel Pass?

While two international airlines have adopted the IATA Travel Pass, IATA is in talks with the Indian authorities and airlines to adopt the application.The Pass moves existing paper processes to a digital platform with up-to-date information on entry requirements. Here’s what it can do to solve the existing challenge of …

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Minar now India GSA for Air Peace

Minar Group has been appointed as the General Sales Agent for a Nigerian airline based in Lagos – Air Peace – which is expected to start operations in India this year out of Mumbai. It will be the first Nigerian carrier to connect India with Lagos and other West African …

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Air Seychelles resumes Mumbai Ops

Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer, Air Seychelles, reveals that the twice-weekly commercial flight to Seychelles starting April 8 is a step to attracting the lucrative Indian source market to visit the archipelago. The airline is keen on leaving no stone unturned to persuade Indians to visit. Nisha Verma Air Seychelles …

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Vistara a top APAC carrier

Initiatives of 102 airlines were evaluated across Asia Pacific, out of which nine airlines scored a Safe Travel Score of 4.0 or above  the highest ratio worldwide. Air China and Vistara are the top APAC full-service carriers with a Safe Travel Score of 4.1 out of 5 each. Even as …

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