Aviation

  • SpiceJet defends stand, cites technical snag for flight delay Yesterday

    New Delhi: Defending itself, budget passenger airline SpiceJet on Tuesday cited technical snag for flight delay that led to stranding of 172 passengers of Mumbai-Delhi flight SG-419 for around five hours June 16. It also said that logistical reasons hampered its staff from providing refreshments to the passengers of the delayed...
  • Flight delay: DGCA asks SpiceJet to refund fare 2 days ago

    New Delhi: In a first-of-its-kind action, DGCA has directed SpiceJet to refund fare to all passengers of a Mumbai-Delhi flight that was delayed by about five hours last month, officials said on Monday. The aviation regulator also asked the no-frills airline to refund the money it charged from passengers of...
  • Civil Aviation Minister gives 2 week time to spruce up Chennai airport, warns action 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Taking a grim view of complaints regarding poor upkeep of newly-modernised 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...
  • Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on US flights to Israel 6 days ago

    Washington: The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on US flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The agency made its decision late on Wednesday after working with other US government entities to assess the security situation...
  • Malaysian Airliner's voice recorder in good condition, says UN Civil Aviation body 6 days ago

    Ottawa: The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the United Nations civil aviation body said on Wednesday, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts. Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down...
  • Meet your ministers: In conversation with Ashok Gajapati Raju July 20, 2014

    Civil Aviation Minister in the Narendra Modi government Ashok Gajapati Raju talked about his 100-day agenda. Raju had said that he would construct 200 airports across India. ...
  • No Indian on board ill-fated 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...
  • MH17 crash: US pilots previously told not to fly over Ukraine July 18, 2014

    Washington: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had warned US pilots earlier this year not to fly over portions of Ukraine in the Crimea region, according to notices posted on the agency's website. The notices were posted on April 23. The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization and the aviation authorities in most...
  • Air India to formally join Star Alliance group today July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India will be formally inducted as the 27th member of the Star Alliance on Friday. The ceremony will be held at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport where Air India is set to unveil a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and an Airbus A-320. Top officials of several major global...
  • Home ministry keen to take over security of Indian airports July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry is keen that it should be the nodal agency to look after the crucial issue of security of airports in the country instead of the Civil Aviation Ministry. Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday was given a presentation on the matter and he is believed to...
  • Non-subsidised LPG price hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder; ATF by 0.6 pc July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) was on Tuesday hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder and that of jet fuel by over half-a-per cent after international oil prices surged due to the ongoing Iraq crisis. The increase in rates of non-subsidised LPG and ATF accompanies the Rs 1.69...
  • Fourteen survive copter crash in Russia: Officials June 30, 2014

    Moscow: All 14 passengers survived a close brush with death on Monday when their helicopter crashed in the far east of Russia, a rare happy ending for a country prone to aviation disasters. The Mi-8 helicopter, which included 11 forest firefighters among its passengers, crashed near the village of Chekunda in...
  • Air India joins Star Alliance group, revenue likely to rise by 5 per cent June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday announced the alliance of Air India with the Star Alliance group. The government expects that the step would help the ailing national carrier come out of its losses. "This is the biggest alliance in 3 years. We think Air India...
  • Modi to revamp aviation industry, not keen on privatising Air India June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is planning revamp of the aviation industry. The Civil Aviation Ministry has made several proposals to the Prime Minster during a presentation last week to bring changes to the ministry. Though according to sources, the ministry is not keen on privatising the ailing Air...
  • Yahoo Aviate: A new homescreen app for Android launched; available for free June 24, 2014

    San Francisco: Yahoo ramped up its move to mobile, grabbing for Android smartphone home screens with an Aviate application tuned to where people are. Yahoo bought Aviate early this year in a deal reported to be valued at about $80 million dollars. The software was subsequently honed with a test group. An...
  • Air Asia India gets off to a flying start on booking front June 3, 2014

    Mumbai : Low-cost carrier Air Asia India, all set to launch operations from next week with a Bangalore- Goa flight, today said tickets for its inaugural service were sold out within 10 minutes. Tickets for the maiden flight (Bangalore-Goa) were sold out within 10 minutes of opening of bookings. Also, Air...
  • Price of non-subsidised LPG cylinders cut by Rs 23.50 June 2, 2014

    The government has decided to cut price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) by Rs 23.50 per cylinder after the Rupee's appreciation lowered import costs. The new rate will be effective from midnight. The rate of aviation turbine fuel has also been reduced by about Rs 1200 per kilo litre which...
  • Tata-SIA Airlines deal: Delhi HC seeks Centre's response May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday sought response from the Centre and Tata-SIA Airlines on Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) plea seeking quashing of approvals being granted to commence its air transport operation. A bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog issued notice to the Ministry...
  • Congress leader questions Raju's remark on Vadra, says MHA does review May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law 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...
  • AirAsia India to begin operations from June 12, ticket sales from Friday May 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The much awaited airline AirAsia India will begin its flight operations in the country on June 12. AirAsia's Group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted that the ticket sales for the flights will open on Friday, May 30. "Very very proud to announce AirAsia India open for sale tomorrow. Wow. First...
  • Upgrade of airports, reviewing curbs on carriers key tasks May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: New Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati and his Minister of State Gowdar Mallikarjunappa Siddeswara would have tasks cut out for them when they assume office on Wednesday. They would have to address crucial issues facing the aviation sector including construction and upgrade of airports including low-cost...
  • Rajasthan government to soon launch air taxi service within state May 25, 2014

    Rajasthan government is all set to introduce an air taxi service linking major tourist destinations and commercial hubs in the state. "The proposal has been given approval by the chief minister and we are almost ready to operate our two state planes for the air taxi services," Kishan Singh Verma, Director,...
  • Go Air to seek international traffic rights May 20, 2014

    Kolkata: Low-cost carrier Go Air would seek international traffic rights from the Civil Aviation Ministry for flying to foreign destinations, a top official of the airline said. "We are expecting to get delivery of our 20th aircraft in July. After that, we shall approach the Civil Aviation Ministry for getting...
  • Real time tracking of all passenger and cargo flights made mandatory May 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The DGCA has issued guidelines to all flight operators making real time tracking of all aircraft that carry passengers and cargo mandatory. The ACARS or Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System/Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) will be used for this purpose. This will significantly help in search...
  • DGCA tells cabin crew to get fit or lose job May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has for the first time issued Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for the medical examination of the cabin crew. The CAR prescribed the requirement of body mass index (BMI) and rules for disposal of high BMI cases in terms of overweight and obese...
  • Jharkhand aviation secy Sajal Chakraborty appointed chief secretary in-charge of the state May 1, 2014

    Jharkhand Civil Aviation Secretary Sajal Chakraborty has been appointed chief secretary in-charge of the state following incumbent RS Sharma's transfer to Delhi to take charge as secretary to the department of electronics and information technology. A notification in this regard was issued by Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms on Wednesday,...
  • Close shave for Japanese plane, pilot flies it 75 metre above the sea April 29, 2014

    Tokyo: Fifty-nine people aboard a Japanese budget carrier had a lucky escape after the pilot "misunderstood" instructions from air traffic controllers and allowed the jet to fly just 75 meters above the sea while trying to land in Okinawa, authorities said on Tuesday. Japan's transport ministry said a plane of...
  • DGCA panel suggests steps to avoid flight diversion due to fog April 24, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to check fog-related diversions from IGI Airport, a DGCA panel has recommended several steps like upgrading of neighbouring alternative airports, meteorological facilities and runway radar coverage. It has recommended that airports near Delhi like Jaipur, Lucknow and Amritsar, should be upgraded to Category-IIIB level of Instrument...
  • EC seeks report on Modi's complaint about chopper delay April 3, 2014

    Election Commission has sought a factual report from Ministry of Civil Aviation on the complaint by BJP with regard to Delhi Airport not granting prompt permission to Narendra Modi's helicopter for taking off due to which he was late for his rally in Bareilly on April 1. "That complaint has been...
  • DGCA asks SpiceJet to immediately stop Re 1 ticket offer April 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Terming SpiceJet's offer of rupee one fare across its domestic network as "predatory" and a "malpractice", aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday came down heavily on the no-frill carrier and asked it to stop such pricing immediately. Hours after SpiceJet offered fares as low as rupee one valid for...