CIVIL AVIATION

  • Offering a chair or a cup of tea is a courtesy, not a privilege: Ashok Gajapathi Raju Yesterday

    Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju defends ministry's decision to not to cut privileges and protocols of VIP passengers and MPs at various airports. ...
  • Government owes around Rs 600 crore to Air India for VVIP travel April 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Government owes around Rs 600 crore to Air India for using its aircraft for travel of VVIPs. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has taken up the issue with various ministries regarding the pending amount related to the services of Air India aircraft availed for such VVIP travel. According to official...
  • New aviation policy will connect India with 'Bharat': Ashok Gajapathi Raju April 12, 2015

    Bengaluru: A new civil aviation policy, which is on the anvil, will facilitate more airlines to connect metros and state capitals with more cities and towns across the country, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said on Sunday. "We want more airlines to operate across the country, connecting more cities and...
  • Indian pilots may be subjected to psychometric tests March 30, 2015

    New Delhi: Pilots of Indian air carriers may now be subjected to mid-term psychometric tests to ensure that they are mentally fit to fly, following the deliberate crashing of German airliner by the co-pilot last week. Nine commercial airlines in India employ well over 3,000 pilots who are subjected to...
  • SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh gets security clearance March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: SpiceJet's new promotor Ajay Singh has got the mandatory security clearance from the Home Ministry. Civil Aviation Ministry has received the files relating to Singh's security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday, official sources said in New Delhi on Thursday. Security agencies had conducted a...
  • 31 priority, 114 emergency landings in 3 years: Government March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Domestic carriers, including erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines, had made 31 precautionary or priority landings and 114 emergency landings at various airports in the country due to engine defects or failure, medical and other reasons in last three years. Most number of precautionary landings (18) were made by the planes...
  • Ministry of Home Affairs conducting background check of new owner of SpiceJet March 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Security agencies are conducting a background checking of new owner of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh, after he infused a fund of Rs 500 crore in the beleaguered air carrier and announced plans to invest Rs 1,500 crore. The Home Ministry ordered a background check of Singh as part of the...
  • Air India yet to finalise executive pilots' draft pay structure: Government March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: A committee of Air India is yet to finalise the draft salary structure for its executive pilots, even though it has received a feedback from the group concerned, the government said on Tuesday. Air India had invited representatives of executive pilots to ascertain their views on the draft...
  • No 'suitable' candidate to head Air India from August: Government March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Government on Tuesday failed to find a "suitable" candidate to head the loss-making national carrier Air India, whose chairman and managing director Rohit Nandan is on a 10-months extension, which expires in August this year. Public Enterprises Selection Board, which conducted interviews for selecting a new CMD for the...
  • Competition Commission of India looking into SpiceJet deal February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: The Competition Commission is looking into SpiceJet's proposed deal with its original promoter Ajay Singh and a decision is yet to be finalised. Amid turbulent times, the carrier's board has approved a deal that would see change of ownership as well as infusion of fresh funds. The proposed...
  • DGCA lifts curb on advance bookings, Centre clears SpiceJet plan January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: In a major relief to the budget carrier SpiceJet, DGCA on Thursday allowed the airline to accept advance bookings beyond March 31 even as the government gave initial nod to its revival plan, which has now been referred to market regulator Sebi to examine whether the funding by...
  • Government considering privatisation of four airports, says Ashok Gajapathi Raju January 20, 2015

    Ahmedabad: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday said that the ministry was considering privatisation of four airports in the country, including the Ahmedabad Airport. "We are thinking of privatising four airports in India. Ahmedabad airport is among these four. There is immense scope of development in this sector....
  • SpiceJet can be exempted from an open offer, says MoS Mahesh Sharma January 17, 2015

    Mumbai: Cash-strapped airline SpiceJet is likely to get some respite as Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said the airline could be exempted from an open offer. According to sources, the Aviation Ministry is likely to approve the revival plan for the cash-strapped carrier as early as next...
  • Senior IAS officer M Sathiyavathy takes over a new DGCA January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: M Sathiyavathy on Monday took over as the new Director General of Civil Aviation, succeeding Prabhat Kumar. Sathiyavathy, a 1982-batch IAS officer, is the first woman to head DGCA and has been appointed to the post for three years. Prior to becoming the country's aviation regulator, she was...
  • Government hopeful of aviation sector doing better in 2015 December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Tuesday voiced concern over burgeoning losses of Indian airlines in spite of the high growth in air traffic but hoped that more carriers would take to the sky in 2015. Addressing a meeting of Chief Ministers and state Civil Aviation Ministers, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi...
  • SpiceJet extends flight cancellations till January 31 December 30, 2014

    Chennai: As it awaits the much-needed capital to come out of the persisting financial crunch, air carrier SpiceJet has extended its flight cancellations till next month, affecting at least 329 flights. This follows cancellation of over 1,800 flights, announced earlier this month by the Chennai-based airline,...
  • SpiceJet will have to itself resolve financial problems: Raju December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Troubled carrier SpiceJet will have to itself resolve its financial problems and the government can only help in the process, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said on Tuesday. "The government is here to be helpful and the government can be helpful but the SpiceJet problem is its finances...
  • Singapore activates air force, navy for search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 December 28, 2014

    Singapore: Singapore said on Sunday it has activated its air force and navy to help in the search and rescue operation for the AirAsia (AIRA.KL) jet that went missing on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. "Two C130s are already on stand-by for this purpose. We remain ready to provide...
  • Government may cap economy air fares at Rs 20,000 December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Government is considering to cap economy air fares at Rs 20,000 to check airlines from charging "exorbitant" fares or unleashing predatory pricing, affecting their own financial health. The proposal comes in the backdrop of SpiceJet episode, which had come out with a series of low-fare offers throughout the...
  • SpiceJet presents revival plan to government December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Struggling budget carrier SpiceJet has presented a revival plan to the government, which will be discussed with oil companies and banks before taking a final decision regarding the airline, official sources said on Monday. The airline's original investor Ajay Singh is in discussion with two US-based private equity...
  • SpiceJet's dues grew to Rs 1,230 crore in 18 days till December 10: Government December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Troubled budget carrier SpiceJet's dues to foreign and Indian vendors, airport operators and oil companies grew swiftly from Rs 990 crore to Rs 1,230 crore in a matter of 18 days till December 10, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. The airline's dues to foreign vendors, including lessors of...
  • SpiceJet flights will resume operations by 4 PM, says COO Sanjiv Kapoor December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Facing passenger's anger after several of its flights were cancelled over non-payment of fuel dues, SpiceJet Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor has said that the flights will resume operations by Wednesday evening. "Flights scheduled to depart on or after 4 PM today will operate. We apologise again for the...
  • Will supply fuel only on immediate payment: Oil companies to Spicejet December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: With troubled Spicejet having grounded its flights, oil companies have made it clear the budget carrier will get fuel only on immediate payments, as the airline is on 'cash and carry' mode. The carrier had till Tuesday bought some jet fuel but it has...
  • More trouble for SpiceJet, airline remains grounded for 2nd day as oil companies stop fuel supply: Sources December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: In more trouble for the cash-strapped airline SpiceJet, the operations remain grounded for the second day on Wednesday as oil companies have stopped fuel supply, the sources said. "Not even a single flight has taken off till this morning due to fuel supply issue with the oil companies," sources...
  • Breather for Spicejet, government may ask banks to lend upto Rs 600 crore to the airlines December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Coming to the rescue of the crisis-ridden budget airline SpiceJet, the Civil Aviation Ministry said it may request Indian banks/financial institutions to extend loans of upto Rs 600 crore to the airline as part of measures to keep the carrier functional. The Civil Aviation Ministry has said that it...
  • SpiceJet cancels flights, stops advance booking after DGCA warning December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: SpiceJet has cancelled hundreds of tickets and stopped advance bookings after being given a stern warning by the aviation regulator. Infact, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given SpiceJet time till December 15 to pay off all the dues. Anjum Khan was supposed to be at...
  • Need to be careful about the spread of ebola in India: Doctors November 19, 2014

    Since, ebola virus can continue to stay for 90 days, the patient should be isolated for 90 days. According to government officials, a three member team has been constituted to inspect all airports to identify the gaps. It will include officials from the ministries of Health, Civil Aviation and Immigration....
  • PM Modi to review progress of infra sectors on November 5 October 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the progress of infrastructure sectors including roads, railways and power in the presence of senior officials of concerned ministries on November 5. "The Prime Minister has called a meeting to review the progress of various infrastructure projects being implemented under different ministries on...
  • 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,...
  • Airports will soon look cleaner: Civil Aviation Secretary October 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Airports across the country will soon witness a visible difference on the cleanliness front, Union Civil Aviation Secretary V Somasundaran on Thursday said. Briefing reporters after administering the 'Swachh Bharat' pledge at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, Somasundaran said stress on cleanliness has been laid on places frequented by the...