Civil Aviation Minister

  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 anti-government Panchayats were given a communal colour. "Some Panchayats,...
  • Civil Aviation Minister to send a note to Cabinet on Jet-Etihad deal July 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh is all set to send a note to the Cabinet on the India-Abu Dhabi bilateral Jet-Etihad 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...
  • 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 CNN-IBN that the sacked pilots may be taken back on the case-to-case 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 cash-strapped national career sacked 10 agitating...
  • 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 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 tie-up with the Congress for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections. Later, the Congress had confirmed that Ajit Singh’s...
  • 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 May 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...
  • Civil Aviation Minister raps 'greedy' airlines November 25, 2010

    New Delhi: Sending a strong signal to domestic carriers over abrupt hike in airfares by some of them during periods of high demand, Civil Aviation Ministry today warned them of action if they continued with such "predatory pricing". The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which...
  • Patel quizzed at Chicago airport, US apologises September 29, 2010

    Chicago:In a bizarre case of mistaken identity, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel was stopped and questioned by US authorities at the Chicago International Airport. All because the US has on its watchlist a man with the same name and date of birth as Patel. What's worse they didn't believe him when...
  • Air India to table financial turnaround plan today August 29, 2009

    New Delhi: Cash-strapped Air India is likely to table a detailed financial turnaround plan at a meeting of the high-level Committee of Secretaries on Saturday, showing proposals to cut costs and enhance revenue generation over the next five years. The plan, vetted by the Finance and Civil Aviation Ministries, is likely...
  • Airlines ranked on punctuality, services June 12, 2009

    New Delhi: Paramount Airways was the most efficient in terms of sticking to flight schedules in May, beating bigger carriers such as Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Air India, according to official data released on Friday. Paramount topped the efficiency list in terms of departures, scoring 89 per cent, followed by...
  • Kolkata, Chennai airports modernisation to begin soon August 11, 2008

    New Delhi: The modernisation work of Chennai and Kolkata airports, to be carried out by the Airports Authority of India, will start next month, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said here Monday. Speaking to the members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Civil Aviation, Patel said the modernisation work would...