Meghalaya High Court has asked India’s aviation regulatory authorities, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI), to file affidavits indicating the possibility of expanding the Shillong Airport (a.k.a. Umroi airport) to accommodate long-haul flights and larger aircraft. Expanding the existing airport will significantly boost the state’s tourism, especially by reducing the time it takes for the tourist to reach the hill state. “Both... Read More
Airports Council International (ACI) World has chosen seven airports in India to include under its Voice of the Customer Recognition initiative, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced. The ones that received the recognition are the airports at Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, Pune, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh. The Voice of the Customer Recognition initiative is to celebrate the efforts of the airports that demonstrated significant efforts in gathering passenger feedback through the... Read More
The night landing is not available at about 23 operational airports in India. Some of the most important airports are on the list, including the recently opened Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh. The airport, which caters to tourists visiting the Buddhist tourism circuit, opened in October 2021. Salem in Tamil Nadu, Shimla, Kullu, and Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, and Kalaburagi in Karnataka are among the leading airports lacking night... Read More
In what can be termed a considerable feat, Jammu airport’s 8000ft long runway was made operational on Friday. IndiGo flight 6E-137 became the first aircraft to take off the new runway. Indian Air Force celebrated its opening by a water cannon salute, in the presence of Jammu airport director Sanjeev Kumar Garg, Air Commodore GS Bhullar, AOC 23rd Wing IAF, officials from Airports Authority of India, Military Engineering Service, Airlines,... Read More
The Tamil Nadu government is expediting the process for constructing the next greenfield airport in the state. According to reports, the government is said to have identified four plots at Parandur, Sriperumbudur, Mamallapuram and Tirupur. The selection of land is primarily based on factors like the availability of land and the flexibility to construct the required runways. “It is not easy to finalise a site soon. We should consider the... Read More
For Republic Day 2022, the Ministry of Civil Aviation showcased the growth of the Indian aviation industry as the tableau. The key focus was India’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN and the rich dividends it has been earning for the country. The aviation industry's tableau was in the shape of an aircraft with women pilots in front, depicting the women power in the country’s aviation industry. India ranks first in the... Read More
India’s upcoming and most awaited airline Akasa Air seems to be on track for its first flight this summer. From being in the preliminary stages of setting up the airline to finding high-profile investors, signing an aircraft deal with Boeing and deciding upon the airline’s branding, CEO of Akasa Air, Vinay Dube has really brought the airline into fruition. Things have been going well as far as the airline is... Read More
The government of India has issued guidelines to help promptly settle issues about the installation of cell phone towers at and near airports. A letter dated 12 January from LD Meghwal, Senior Deputy Wireless Adviser at the Department of Telecommunications, written to the AAI general manager and JCES director claimed that if applications seeking approvals pending with the Joint Communications and Electronic Staff (JCES) and the Airports Authority of India... Read More
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has failed to procure a single body scanner for its 100+ airports yet. According to a PTI report, the airport body was directed by the aviation security regulator BCAS in April 29 to install body scanners in over 84 airports across the country by March 2020. This would have replaced the existing door frame metal detectors followed by hand-held scanners and a full-body pat-down.... Read More
In a recent interview on January 11, the CEO of upcoming Indian airline Akasa Air, Vinay Dube has confirmed that it will not be an ultra-low-cost carrier. As far as the launch of the airline is considered, the airline is expected to begin its operations in mid-2022 even though it still awaits the crucial Air Operator Certificate (AOC). All the previous rumours regarding the upcoming airline claimed that Akasa Air... Read More
In a victory for the shareholders of satellite company Devas Multimedia in its legal struggle with India, a Canadian court has reportedly ordered the seizure of assets belonging to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Air India held with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Superior Court of Quebec issued two separate decisions on November 24 and December 21, demonstrating that the IATA has confiscated assets belonging to... Read More
According to an internal document of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the dues for four major domestic airlines — AirAsia India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and Go First — have doubled between January 2020 and October 2021. On the other hand, Air India remains the domestic airline with the highest debt to the AAI. According to the records, Air India owes the AAI Rs 2,362.36 crore as of October 31, 2021,... Read More
The government has plans to privatise 25 more airports in India over the next five years. The plan, categorized under National Monetization Pipeline (NMP), was revealed by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh Retd in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha. List of airports awaiting privatization The airports at Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi, Amritsar, Trichy, Indore, Raipur, Calicut, Coimbatore, Nagpur,... Read More
Four airports at Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune and Vijayawada could be the first ones in India to get Face Recognition Technology-based boarding system, revealed the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Retd General V K Singh, in Lok Sabha today. The proposed system is slated to launch in March 2022. The Minister was responding to a query raised by MPs Feroze Varun Gandhi and Ram Shankar Katheria. Implementation of the Face Recognition Technology... Read More
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