Civil Aviation Ministry

  • Airport users to get facility to pay charges from air 14-03-2014 05:23 PM

    In a move to attract more chartered flights into India, the civil aviation ministry plans to introduce a new system which will enable the aircraft operators to pay the user charges even before landing, said a top official. Aimed at making tourists, private and business operators, flying clubs and others...
  • No plan to ground Dreamliners, but may seek compensation from Boeing: AI 12-03-2014 09:49 PM

    Air India has no plans to ground its newly-acquired Dreamliner aircraft despite technical glitches, but the airline may seek compensation from manufacturer Boeing for not keeping its word on fuel efficiency. Air India has set up a committee comprising its officials and those from the Civil Aviation Ministry and Boeing...
  • India to build 200 low cost airports 10-03-2014 05:24 PM

    Hyderabad: India plans to build 200 low cost airports in the next 20 years to connect tier-II and tier-III cities, said a civil aviation ministry official. This will be one of the focus areas of India Aviation 2014, the country's largest civil aviation exhibition and conference beginning from Wednesday. The...
  • Privatisation of six major airports likely ahead of Lok Sabha polls 22-10-2013 07:41 AM

    New Delhi: India's major airports are likely to privatised ahead of Lok Sabha polla in 2014. The Civil Aviation Ministry is hopeful of privatising the airports in Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Guwahati. The ministry has already initiated pre-bid consultations with prospective bidders. Meanwhile, airports in the race for...
  • SC expresses concern over air safety, refers PIL to Centre 13-09-2013 11:49 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over the air safety situation in the country and referred to a petition to Civil Aviation Ministry for considering suggestions made by a foundation on the issue. "We know that it is a serious matter but it has to be considered...
  • Union Cabinet approves India-Abu Dhabi air services accord 04-09-2013 10:25 AM

    The India-Abu Dhabi bilateral air services agreement, which ran into controversy following the Jet-Etihad deal, was approved by the government on Tuesday enabling their airlines to fly 50,000 seats each week, up from the current level of 13,700. The agreement received post-facto approval of the Union Cabinet at a meeting...
  • PMO clarifies no divide within government over Jet-Etihad alliance 02-07-2013 10:40 PM

    The PMO clarified that there is no divide within the govt over the Jet-Etihad alliance, as the fate of the deal touted to be the biggest FDI deal in civil aviation, remains uncertain. ...
  • Big questions and pointers of the Jet-Etihad deal 02-07-2013 03:31 PM

    New Delhi: The deal between Jet Airways and Etihad seems to have hit a fresh roadblock with the government divided on the domestic airlines' 24 per cent stake sale to the Abu Dhabi-based carrier. The Prime Minister's Office has asked Civil Aviation Ministry to allay concerns over the deal and...
  • Regulator bodies looking into concerns surrounding Jet-Etihad deal: Ajit Singh 02-07-2013 11:51 AM

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday tried to play down the issues surrounding Jet Airways' deal with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and said the concerns raised on the deal are being addressed by the regulatory bodies. The Minister, who is in favour of Jet's planned 24 per cent...
  • PMO asks Aviation Ministry to allay concerns over Jet-Etihad deal: Sources 02-07-2013 09:23 AM

    New Delhi: The Cabinet Secretary has called a meeting of secretaries to discuss the Jet-Etihad deal on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's instructions and sources have told CNN-IBN that this big ticket deal could be put into cold storage. Sources have said the PMO has asked Ministry of Civil Aviation to...
  • Air India to lease turboprop aircraft for non-metro cities 20-06-2013 07:59 PM

    New Delhi: Air India would shortly issue tenders to lease turboprop aircraft to enhance connectivity to non-metro cities across the country, airline sources said on Thursday. A group of officials of the national carrier is on the verge of completing a feasibility study on how many such airplanes would be...
  • AirAsia moves a step closer to launching operations in India 10-06-2013 09:23 PM

    London: AirAsia India moved a step closer to securing permission to launch operations in the country, with Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Monday saying that all issues concerning the carrier's application had been resolved. "All matters on AirAsia India have been resolved. The proposal has been sent to the...
  • IndiGo to import 28 Airbus A320 aircraft to its fleet 03-06-2013 05:54 PM

    New Delhi: Low-cost carrier IndiGo, which has the biggest domestic market share, would be adding 28 Airbus A320 aircraft to its fleet by end of next year with Civil Aviation Ministry allowing it to import the planes. The airline with a 66-aircraft fleet on Monday said it would be inducting...
  • Airlines may be able to charge extra for only 20 pc seats 30-05-2013 05:40 PM

    New Delhi: Indian carriers may have to limit the seats for which they can charge extra to about 15-20 per cent of the total seats on each flight, with the government planning to soon issue a directive in this regard. The total seats on a two-class single-aisle Airbus A-320 or...
  • Govt mulls putting cap on preferred seats on airlines 19-05-2013 12:48 PM

    New Delhi: The recent 'unbundling' of some services such as seat preferences or meals on board might be helping airlines to earn a lot of ancillary revenue, but the government is considering whether it could limit the number of 'preferred seats' on sale on each flight. The government has been...
  • Ministry asks airlines to limit number of 'privileged' seats 17-05-2013 08:58 PM

    New Delhi: Airlines in India have agreed not to charge extra for seats after top officials of all airlines met at the Civil Aviation Ministry in New Delhi on Friday. Earlier, airlines had said they will charge extra if passengers wanted to book seats in advance. However, now they say...
  • Airlines can charge for preferred seats, check-in bags: Govt 29-04-2013 08:50 PM

    New Delhi: In a move that would raise the cost of air travel, the government on Monday said it has allowed airlines to charge passengers for preferred seats on a flight, check-in baggages and meals, among other things. "Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh has decided to permit scheduled airlines to...
  • Rs 8,000-cr Airbus deal: CBI writes to ministry 21-12-2011 05:53 PM

    New Delhi: The CBI has written to the Civil Aviation Ministry once again seeking an early decision on its request seeking sanction for prosecution against six officers, including a joint secretary, for alleged irregularities in the over Rs 8,000-crore Airbus deal for supplying 43 aircraft to erstwhile Indian Airlines in...
  • AI: Govt mulls Rs 30,000 cr bailout package 29-11-2011 04:33 AM

    New Delhi: Seeking to turnaround the cash-strapped Air India, the government is considering a nearly Rs 30,000 crore package for the national carrier over a period of 10 years, official sources said on Monday night. According to the proposal, the government is considering writing off Rs 4,500 crore cash loss...
  • Aviation ministry firm on 24 pc FDI cap: Sources 17-11-2011 01:28 PM

    New Delhi: There is a tussle between the Civil Aviation Ministry and Industries Ministry over the extent of allowing foreign airlines to invest in domestic carriers. Civil Aviation Ministry sources have said that they are firm on a 24 per cent cap on the extent of FDI by foreign carriers...
  • No disinvestment of Air India: Vayalar Ravi 20-10-2011 03:06 PM

    New Delhi: The Government on Thursday ruled out disinvestment of Air India saying it is trying to bring the cash strapped national carrier to 'no-profit, no-loss' status. "There is no plan of disinvestment in Air India or to bring an IPO in the near future by the government. As a...
  • Buying planes collective decision of Govt: Ravi 08-09-2011 10:17 PM

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Thursday night said the Government's decision to acquire 111 aircraft for Air India, which came in for severe criticism from CAG, was a collective one to strengthen the national carrier. He said there was no question of taking any hasty decision and...
  • CAG criticises Govt for downfall of Air India 08-09-2011 09:28 PM

    New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Air India has come down heavily on the Civil Aviation Ministry while terming the acquisition of aircraft by the airline as "risky" and a "huge waste". The report, tabled in Parliament on Thursday, also called the merger of Air India...
  • Govt never interfered with AI functioning: Patel 08-09-2011 02:43 PM

    Former civil aviation minister Praful Patel spoke exclusively to CNN-IBN after the CAG tabled its reported in Parliament. Patel said it was the whole government who took decisions for Air India. ...
  • CAG calls AI buying aircraft a 'huge waste' 08-09-2011 12:45 PM

    New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Air India has come down heavily on the Civil Aviation Ministry while terming the acquisition of aircraft by the airline as "risky" and a "huge waste". The report, tabled in Parliament on Thursday, also called the merger of Air India...
  • AI to combine 13 flights due to financial crisis 28-05-2011 06:56 PM

    New Delhi: Faced with a twin attack from oil PSUs and operators of Delhi and Hyderabad airports asking it to clear their dues, Air India on Saturday drew up plans to combine13 flights spread over a few sectors till the start of the lean season from mid-June. In a bid...
  • Govt pushes Air India into financial mess: CAG 05-05-2011 09:45 PM

    New Delhi: Air India pilots are on strike as a fallout of the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines. While Air India today staring at a loss of over Rs 13,000 crore and the management is struggling to operate daily services, the Civil Aviation Ministry could have saved the...