Air Travel

  • Breathe deeply, it is safe to go on a plane, travellers told 5 days ago

    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 March-April 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. Fifty-nine 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, no-frill carrier SpiceJet on Friday slashed air fares substantially by offering a limited-period sale of 10 lakh seats across its domestic network for an all-inclusive 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 carry-on 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 air-carriers to collect development...
  • Kingfisher tickets? No, thanks, say passengers March 26, 2012

    Mumbai: From a big-ticket 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 city-based ticketing agencies are to be believed, commuters are saying no to Kingfisher tickets,...
  • Budget 2012: Pay more for the comforts of life February 14, 2014

    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 2011-12 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 22, 2009

    New Delhi: By September you will now be able to use mobile phones during air travel. Chennai-based 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 mid-flight, passenger lands plane April 14, 2009

    A pilot died in mid-flight, 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 29, 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 June 20, 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...
  • Why fee air travellers for congestion? June 27, 2007

    New Delhi: Even as debate over airport congestion charges rages on, the Aviation Minister has come out with a clarification. Praful Patel says that the government is not planning to "double" peak hour airport charges, as was earlier stated by the aviation secretary Ashok Chawla. However, he says that there...
  • Air travel spreads bird flu: Study September 12, 2006

    Washington: The freeze on air traffic after the September 11 attacks delayed the 2001-2002 flu season, and researchers were able to confirm what many had long suspected- air travel could help spread a bird flu pandemic very efficiently. While there is no way to stop a pandemic completely, the researchers...
  • US wants more data on air travelers August 29, 2006

    Washington: The Government needs broader access to airline passenger information to identify potential hijackers, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in an article published on Tuesday. "How do we thwart a terrorist who has not yet been identified?" Chertoff wrote in an op-ed article in Tuesday’s editions of The Washington Post....
  • Asian air travellers under scanner August 26, 2006

    London: Is it racial discrimination or just fear psychosis, Asian passengers are increasingly finding themselves under the scanner, for being potential terrorists. The most recent instance was the detention of 12 Indians on board a Northwest Flight in Amsterdam. Some say its an 'expected reaction' after the foiled terror plot...