AIR TRAVEL

  • Modi government's austerity drive: Cut down on 5-star seminars, foreign tours, no first-class travel October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: In an effort to bring down non-planned expenditure, the Narendra Modi government has announced certain austerity measures. The Finance Ministry said that it wants to cut down non-planned expenditure by 10 per cent. As part of the measures, the government has announced cuts on 5-star seminars and foreign...
  • 'Passenger shaming' is a social media trend that is now exposing the world's worst plane travellers! September 21, 2014

    Anyone who flies frequently has met different kinds of annoying people on an airplane. Planes can be uncomfortable, there isn't enough space to rest your legs and the aisle seat is the least preferred. However, to some people all this just doesn't make a difference. They can go to any...
  • No facilitation fee to agents for air travel by government officials September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has barred PSU travel agents, including IRCTC and Balmer Lawrie, from charging facilitation fees from government officials on their domestic and international air travels. The government had on October 10, 2013, allowed three authorised travel agents IRCTC, Balmer Lawrie and Ashok Travels and Tours ...
  • No reclining seats? Sleep in the aisle! 9 things that would happen on Indian flights if airplane seats stopped reclining September 3, 2014

    Hop on to an early morning flight, grab the window seat, recline, and doze off! Things aren't same up in the air anymore. A new nuisance that goes by the name 'Knee Defender' will not allow your seats to recline any longer. A flight in the US had to be...
  • Breathe deeply, it is safe to go on a plane, travellers told July 26, 2014

    After three major air disasters in one week, with planes coming down in Ukraine, Taiwan and then Mali without a single survivor, passengers can be forgiven for feeling a little pang of panic boarding their flights. Waiting to check in at Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport on Friday, Thai athlete Thapanat...
  • Improve facilities for air travellers: DGCA May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Air travellers can soon expect some improvement in facilities at major Indian airports, with aviation regulator DGCA bringing in a new rule fixing norms to mitigate passenger inconveniences, including creation of an effective mechanism to address grievances. Free provision of automated buggies to transport senior citizens, expectant mothers and...
  • AirAsia promises low fares in India; expects launch in MarchApril January 23, 2014

    Davos: Hopeful of launching flights in India in next two to three months, AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes has said that the airline would introduce 'dramatically' low fares in the country, which would be cheapest in the market and take air travel to masses. Fernandes, who is in Davos for World...
  • Getting up from seat before plane stops annoys most: Survey December 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The habit of getting up before a plane comes to a halt after landing at an airport, though the seat belt sign is on, annoys a majority of the flyers. Men and women flyers also found it annoying when the passenger sitting in front rudely reclined the seat...
  • China: Plane skids off runway during take off, no casualties August 5, 2013

    Beijing: A plane with 74 passengers onboard slid off the runway while preparing to take off at an airport in east China's Zhejiang province, but no casualties were reported, airport officials said. The CA4538 flight operated by Air China, skidded off the runway in Yiwu Airport and the tyres of the...
  • Majority of air passengers favour 'pay as you weigh' model April 4, 2013

    Mumbai: The proposal to charge overweight air passengers more may not have gone down well with some, but a majority of respondents in a recent survey voiced support to the idea. Fiftynine per cent of the respondents favoured the "fat tax", a survey by global travel search portal Skyscanner revealed. "An...
  • China covered by dense fog; Beijing air hazardous January 13, 2013

    Beijing: Major parts of eastern and central China were shrouded under a thick layer of haze and fog on Saturday while pollution in the capital city of Beijing was at 'hazardous' levels. Several flights were cancelled and 20 highways were closed in eastern China where visibility levels dropped drastically. ...
  • SpiceJet slashes domestic airfare for limited period January 12, 2013

    New Delhi: In a move that could be followed by major Indian airlines, nofrill carrier SpiceJet on Friday slashed air fares substantially by offering a limitedperiod sale of 10 lakh seats across its domestic network for an allinclusive fare of Rs 2,013. The promotional offer, which follows similar schemes like...
  • Air travellers frustrated by security checks: Report December 14, 2012

    Geneva: Air travellers are most frustrated by the queuing time for security checks, removing shoes and belts, apart from electronic items and liquids from their carryon bags, a latest IATA study has said. Interestingly, a significant majority of 75 per cent would rather go through a full body scanner than...
  • Air travel from Delhi gets costlier from today May 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Air travel is all set to get costlier for those flying in and out of Delhi. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) has decided to raise the User Development Fee by a whopping 346 per cent. This comes into effect from Tuesday. This means those taking domestic flights...
  • Air fares from Mumbai to soar from Tuesday April 30, 2012

    Mumbai: The cost of air travel from the city will go up by Rs 600 for those flying to overseas destinations and by Rs 100 for domestic travellers with the levy of development fee from Tuesday. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed all the aircarriers to collect development...
  • Kingfisher tickets? No, thanks, say passengers March 26, 2012

    Mumbai: From a bigticket brand, in a short span Kingfisher Airlines has nosedived to one with few takers. And now the snub seems to be coming from people who matter the most travellers. If the citybased ticketing agencies are to be believed, commuters are saying no to Kingfisher tickets,...
  • Budget 2012: Pay more for the comforts of life March 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Budget 2012 presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, March 16, makes eating out and phone bills and other comforts of life costlier, pinching the common man. Increase in service tax will increase one's mobile bills by 2 per cent every month. Two and four wheelers will...
  • India on IATA Wall of Shame for high service tax June 6, 2011

    Singapore: India was on Monday put on the 'Wall of Shame' by the IATA for imposing high service tax on air tickets when aviation sector was growing at a high pace, with the world airlines' body warning the country not to kill the "goose that lays golden eggs". ...
  • Air travel to become costlier February 28, 2011

    New Delhi: Domestic air travel will cost more from the next financial year with the government raising service tax on it by Rs 50 and Rs 250 for domestic and international journeys respectively. Presenting the 201112 budget in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee also proposed to tax travel by...
  • UK airports close after volcanic ash spreads May 16, 2010

    London: Over 200 flights were cancelled and many British airports had to be closed on Sunday as volcanic ash from Iceland drifted across Europe, even as forecasts said airports in the capital city would be severely affected by Tuesday. Airports at East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster, Humberside and Carlisle were...
  • Flights pick up in Europe as ash risk drops April 21, 2010

    London: European airports started to return to life on Tuesday after five days cut off from the rest of the world by a volcanic ash cloud, as authorities downgraded the risk the ash posed to aircraft. Britain, a major global air hub as well as a busy destination in...
  • Airliners call for review of flight bans April 19, 2010

    They have questioned the need for the unprecedented curbs, which have affected millions of travellers. The airlines carried out test flights which showed no obvious damage after flying through the ash. Officials though are not promising anything just yet.. though some alternate routes have been opened for flights from other...
  • Volcanic ash disrupts air travel for 4th day April 18, 2010

    London: Air travel across much of Europe was paralysed for a fourth day on Sunday because of a huge cloud of volcanic ash, but Dutch and German test flights carried out without apparent damage seemed to offer hope. Many countries closed their airspaces until well into Sunday or Monday,...
  • MPs reward their own; grant free air travel to kin December 22, 2009

    New Delhi: Lawmakers did not waste anytime on this. A Bill rewarding companions and relatives of Ministers with free air travel within India has got Parliamentary approval without debate. The Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill was on Tuesday approved by the Rajya Sabha without discussion. Deputy Chairman K Rehman...
  • Call, receive calls from onboard an aircraft May 21, 2009

    New Delhi: By September you will now be able to use mobile phones during air travel. Chennaibased Paramount Airlines is in talks with SATCOMM to give passengers connectivity while they are flying. This means you can make and receive calls while you are onboard. This new service is useful if...
  • Pilot dies midflight, passenger lands plane April 14, 2009

    A pilot died in midflight, forcing a passenger to take the controls in the US Bob Wilson spoke with the man who helped the passenger land the plane over the phone. ...
  • Airlines will have to refund tickets quick May 22, 2008

    New Delhi: If you cancel your air ticket, now onwards you can expect a refund, and that too on time. After consumer complaints piled up, the Civil Aviation Ministry is set to issue fresh rules making refunds mandatory within a week. Airlines will have to cough up refunds immediately in case...
  • Tech glitch in Mumbai Airport leaves passengers stranded November 5, 2007

    New Delhi: A glitch in the computer systems at the Mumbai International Airport on Sunday evening held up flights for several hours. The baggage handling services of Air India and several other airlines were disrupted leading to long queues. Passengers had to wait for hours outside gate numbers 3 and 4,...
  • Airborne germs latest travel concern June 4, 2007

    New York: Air circulating on planes is unhealthy and concerns go far beyond the fear of catching a cold. Concerns have heightened since a man with a rare form of tuberculosis took a flight in US. ...
  • Govt confused over air fare hike March 7, 2007

    New Delhi: When you are driving through heavy traffic, you can choose to stop and wait for traffic to pass, but not while you are flying. Perhaps that's what explains a nagging Rs 150 surcharge on the ticket. The airlines call it congestion charge, an attempt to recover Rs 350 crore...