AVIATION MINISTER

  • Daily flights to Abu Dhabi and Delhi to start soon: Saurabh Patel October 10, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat Civil Aviation Minister Saurabh Patel announced that commencement of one international flight and one domestic flight from Ahmedabad and Bhuj would begin soon. The announcement came after Patel held a detailed meeting with Jet Airways representatives at Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) office. According to an official press release,...
  • Civil Aviation Minister inspects facilities at Chennai airport September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: After receiving complaints of lack of cleanliness at Chennai airport, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has carried out an inspection of the key infrastructural facilities there. "Accompanied by his Minister of State, GM Siddeshwara, Raju yesterday inspected the key infrastructural facilities at Chennai airport, where the chairman of...
  • J&K: Two Air India flights sent to help in rescue operations, says Aviation Minister September 9, 2014

    In an interview to CNNIBN, Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that two Air India flights had been sent to Srinagar to help in the relief work. "Flights are carrying medicine and relief material to the valley. Private sector coming forward to assist in humanitarian work," said Raju. ...
  • Civil Aviation Minister gives 2 week time to spruce up Chennai airport, warns action July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Taking a grim view of complaints regarding poor upkeep of newlymodernised Chennai airport, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday warned of action against officials showing laxity in work and gave them two weeks to spruce up the airport. At a meeting here to review the situation, Raju...
  • No Indian on board illfated Malaysian plane MH17, confirms Aviation Minister July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Friday confirmed that there was no Indian on board the plane in which 298 people lost their lives. Terming the incident as unfortunate, he said that the government has asked all Indian airlines not to overfly Ukraine. "It is unfortunate that this incident...
  • Congress leader questions Raju's remark on Vadra, says MHA does review May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi's soninlaw Robert Vadra's security privileges are now under government scanner. The Central government has said it will review the exemption from security checks granted to Robert Vadra at airports in the country. Senior party leader Sandeep Dikshit hit out at Civil Aviation Minister...
  • Muzaffarnagar riots were political riots: Ajit Singh January 28, 2014

    RLD chief and Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday alleged that the Muzaffarnagar riots were a conspiracy of BJP and SP. "The Muzaffarnagar riots were political riots. It was a conspiracy of BJP and SP," he said. Singh claimed that some antigovernment Panchayats were given a communal colour. "Some Panchayats,...
  • Learnt about Tata-SIA venture in morning, says Ajit Singh September 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh Thursday said he came to know about the joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines to start a full service carrier in India only in the morning. "I was just informed this morning through a courtesy call" by the Tatas, Ajit Singh told...
  • Civil Aviation Minister to send a note to Cabinet on JetEtihad deal July 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh is all set to send a note to the Cabinet on the IndiaAbu Dhabi bilateral JetEtihad deal. The Prime Minister's Office had written a note to the Civil Aviation Minister in June to get the seat sharing deal approved by the Cabinet. Several complaints...
  • Video: Aviation Minister Ajit Singh defends JetEtihad deal July 3, 2013

    Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has once again defended the impending JetEtihad deal. "We have to consider the passengers convenience, the connectivity, which airlines are there, financial strength and our airlines, said Aviation Minister. ...
  • I believe the JetEtihad deal will go through: Karma Paljor July 2, 2013

    The Cabinet Secretary has called a meeting of secretaries to discuss the JetEtihad deal on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's instructions and sources say that this big ticket deal could be put into cold storage. Sources say the PMO has asked Ministry of Civil Aviation to look into concerns surrounding the...
  • AirAsia-Tata JV may face procedural issues: Ajit Singh March 6, 2013

    New Delhi: AirAsia Bhd's planned joint venture in India with Tata Sons could face some procedural problems, Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Wednesday, without elaborating. However, Singh said he does not see any other major hurdles for the venture in India. India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board is scheduled to meet...
  • Air India likely to join the low fare bandwagon February 20, 2013

    New Delhi: With major carriers slashing airfares following Jet Airways' offering of 20 lakh seats at Rs 2250 for travel till the yearend, Air India on Wednesday said it might join the competition to bag more air travellers. However, the government did not expect the low fares to breach the...
  • Kingfisher revival plan lacks clear funding proposal December 26, 2012

    New Delhi: A revival plan submitted to the aviation regulator by grounded carrier Kingfisher is not backed by a clear funding proposal, the aviation minister said on December 26. Kingfisher, which has not flown since October, has estimated debts of $2.5 billion and owes money to banks, airports, tax authorities, plane...
  • ICPA for reinstatement of sacked Air India pilots December 23, 2012

    Mumbai: Pitching for the reinstatement of the 13 sacked Air India pilots, the erstwhile Indian Airlines' pilots body has urged Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to take a lenient view on the issue saying the pilots had been in "distress and facing hardships" for the past six months. "We wish...
  • Air India's performance has improved: Ajit Singh December 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Air India's performance standards have improved and promotions to its employees, which had been stopped recently, will be started from next month, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told Lok Sabha on Wednesday. He said during Question Hour, that though Air India was still suffering losses, its performance has improved...
  • Air India warns striking pilots, to hire 100 more June 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Air India is going to induct about 100 new pilots in the next few months, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Wednesday while virtually shutting the doors for striking pilots, asking those sacked to apply afresh. Indicating that the 101 sacked pilots could be replaced by new ones,...
  • Air India pilots meet Ajit, crisis may end soon May 25, 2012

    New Delhi: A truce between Air India management and striking pilots may be on the cards after Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday met the pilots. Sources told CNNIBN that the sacked pilots may be taken back on the casetocase basis. The Air India management is also likely to...
  • AI needs to perform to get bailout package: Ajit May 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday said that Air India will have to perform to get a bailout package from the government and that it was the last chance for the national carrier. The civil aviation minister informed Parliament that Air India lost Rs 150 crore due...
  • Privilege notice moved against Ajit Singh May 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Accusing Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh of making policy statements on Air India outside Parliament during the session period, the CPM, the JDU and the BJP on Tuesday moved a privilege notice against him in the Lok Sabha. "We have tabled a notice of privilege against the Civil Aviation...
  • Air India pilots urge Ajit Singh to start negotiations May 10, 2012

    Mumbai: Under pressure from various quarters, the derecognised Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) on Thursday appealed to Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to open channels of negotiation and accused the Air India management of backtracking on its commitments. "The ministry has failed to respond to the offer for talks. IPG is willing...
  • May consider downsizing Air India: Ajit Singh May 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Wednesday said that the government might now consider downsizing the Air India if the agitation by pilots continues. "Government has given them 30,000 crore of public money but that is not without strings. They have to prove their worth. Let me point...
  • Meet 99 pc demands: Pilots Guild to Air India May 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Even as the Air India stalemate continues, Indian Pilots Guild President Jitendra Awhad has said that the pilots were ready to go back to work if 99 per cent of their demands were met. He also claimed that the government had closed its doors to talks on the...
  • No end to the Air India stalemate, flights affected May 9, 2012

    New Delhi: The crisis at Air India continues on Wednesday with no end to the stalemate between the management and the pilots. However, reports say that Air India's pilots may strike a deal with the government and return to work. This comes after the cashstrapped national career sacked 10 agitating...
  • SC notice to aviation ministry on unequal compensations February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation was asked on Friday by the Supreme Court to respond to a plea challenging the Centre notification, which fixes Rs 7.5 lakhs as compensation in case of a domestic air passenger's death against Rs 75 lakhs for international fliers. A bench of Justices...
  • More Kingfisher flights cancelled, DGCA acts February 20, 2012

    Bangalore: The trouble for the Kingfisher Airlines failed to end on Monday as 17 more flights were cancelled in Mumbai and Bangalore while two others were rescheduled in the morning. This came a day after as many as 28 flights were cancelled on Sunday. Meanwhile, Kingfisher operations at the Kolkata airport...
  • Ajit Singh recommends 49 pc FDI in civil aviation January 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The Civil Aviation ministry has recommended 49 per cent FDI in the airline sector. Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said a cabinet note allowing foreign airlines to invest in domestic carriers will be floated. "Government will float cabinet note allowing foreign airlines to invest 49 per cent," Ajit Singh...
  • Ajit Singh to be new Civil Aviation Minister December 12, 2011

    New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh will be sworn in as the new Civil Aviation Minister. This comes a day after Singh met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to seal his party's tieup with the Congress for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections. Later, the Congress had confirmed that Ajit Singhs...
  • AI expansion plan after RBI report: Vayalar October 28, 2011

    New Delhi: Air India's acquisition plan for 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes and for additional equity infusion of Rs 6,600 crore would be deliberated by the Union Cabinet after the RBI gives its views on debt restructuring plan for the ailing national carrier. "A report on (Air India's) debt restructuring prepared...
  • Patel, Maken happy with new portfolio January 19, 2011

    New Delhi: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel, who lost the Civil Aviation portfolio in the Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, said that he was happy with his new portfolio. Patel said, "I am very happy that I am getting a Cabinet berth. I think I deserve it as I...