Civil Aviation

  • EC seeks report on Modi's complaint about chopper delay 03-04-2014 06:40 PM

    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...
  • DGCA asks SpiceJet to immediately stop Re 1 ticket offer 02-04-2014 09:16 AM

    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...
  • Airport users to get facility to pay charges from air 14-03-2014 05:23 PM

    In a move to attract more chartered flights into India, the civil aviation ministry plans to introduce a new system which will enable the aircraft operators to pay the user charges even before landing, said a top official. Aimed at making tourists, private and business operators, flying clubs and others...
  • No plan to ground Dreamliners, but may seek compensation from Boeing: AI 12-03-2014 09:49 PM

    Air India has no plans to ground its newly-acquired Dreamliner aircraft despite technical glitches, but the airline may seek compensation from manufacturer Boeing for not keeping its word on fuel efficiency. Air India has set up a committee comprising its officials and those from the Civil Aviation Ministry and Boeing...
  • India to build 200 low cost airports 10-03-2014 05:24 PM

    Hyderabad: India plans to build 200 low cost airports in the next 20 years to connect tier-II and tier-III cities, said a civil aviation ministry official. This will be one of the focus areas of India Aviation 2014, the country's largest civil aviation exhibition and conference beginning from Wednesday. The...
  • DGCA grounds United Airlines plane, US aviation authority sees red 22-02-2014 07:57 PM

    Mumbai: A United Airlines aircraft has been grounded in Mumbai since Thursday evening with DGCA sources claiming that the aircraft is damaged, but there is a speculation that this could be the result of a power struggle ever since the US downgraded India's civil aviation security standards. The aircraft belonging...
  • Mumbai: DGCA grounds US aircraft after detecting damage in engine 22-02-2014 09:15 AM

    Mumbai: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday evening grounded United States carrier United Airlines' aircraft in Mumbai after finding major damage in its engine cover. According to sources in DGCA, the aircraft is damaged and that the craft's lower cowl is missing. However, the airline has said...
  • Plane with 18 people goes missing in Nepal's mountains 16-02-2014 04:40 PM

    Kathmandu: A Nepal Airlines plane with 18 people on board flying in bad weather was missing on Sunday and feared to have crashed in Nepal's mountainous west, officials said. The plane left on Sunday from the resort town of Pokhara after making an unscheduled fuel stop, but contact was lost...
  • Contradicting Ajit Singh, DGCA letter asks private airlines to treat MPs as VIPs 29-01-2014 07:53 PM

    New Delhi: In what could probably expose the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, a letter accessed by CNN-IBN shows that the private airlines were asked by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to provide special privileges to Parliamentarians, contrary to Minister Ajit Singh's claims. The Civil Aviation Minister had earlier...
  • Aviation Ministry says no order to private airlines to treat MPs as VIPs 29-01-2014 05:16 PM

    New Delhi: Even as the debate over the VIP culture of Parliamentarians raises more heat, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Wednesday clarified that neither the Ministry nor the Directorate General of Civil Aviations has issued any order directing private airlines to provide special privileges to MPs. "No guidelines...
  • Muzaffarnagar riots were political riots: Ajit Singh 28-01-2014 11:21 PM

    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...
  • E-mail threat to blow up Bangalore International Airport 28-01-2014 06:52 PM

    Bangalore: An anonymous e-mail threatening to blow up the Kempegowda International Airport Limited (KIAL) here prompted authorities to step up security. "We have received a bomb threat here yesterday," KIAL said in a statement in Bangalore. An FIR has been lodged with Bangalore Police, it said adding all airlines and...
  • Passengers face mid-air scare as doors of AI Jeddah-Mumbai flight remain unlocked 15-11-2013 11:04 PM

    Around 400 passengers and crew of an Air India flight from Jeddah to Mumbai via Hyderabad, on Friday, had a mid-air scare when a cockpit panel indicated that one of the doors was not properly locked, forcing the plane to return soon after take off. The Boeing 747 Jumbo flight...
  • Privatisation of six major airports likely ahead of Lok Sabha polls 22-10-2013 07:41 AM

    New Delhi: India's major airports are likely to privatised ahead of Lok Sabha polla in 2014. The Civil Aviation Ministry is hopeful of privatising the airports in Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Guwahati. The ministry has already initiated pre-bid consultations with prospective bidders. Meanwhile, airports in the race for...
  • SC to hear PIL against Jet-Etihad deal 04-10-2013 12:28 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a PIL of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking quashing of the Centre's approval to Jet-Etihad Airways deal. A bench comprising Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi said that it would hear the petition on October 8. Mentioning the matter,...
  • SC expresses concern over air safety, refers PIL to Centre 13-09-2013 11:49 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over the air safety situation in the country and referred to a petition to Civil Aviation Ministry for considering suggestions made by a foundation on the issue. "We know that it is a serious matter but it has to be considered...
  • Union Cabinet approves India-Abu Dhabi air services accord 04-09-2013 10:25 AM

    The India-Abu Dhabi bilateral air services agreement, which ran into controversy following the Jet-Etihad deal, was approved by the government on Tuesday enabling their airlines to fly 50,000 seats each week, up from the current level of 13,700. The agreement received post-facto approval of the Union Cabinet at a meeting...
  • Civil Aviation bureau to amend security process for differently-abled 09-08-2013 10:15 AM

    New Delhi: The Bureau of Civil Aviation has been planning to amend security procedures for differently-abled passengers, for whom taking a flight was no less than a nightmare, to make it more friendly. After CNN-IBN reported Suranjana Ghosh's case, who was forced to strip and remove her prosthetic leg at...
  • SpiceJet accepts CEO Niel Raymond Mills's resignation 04-08-2013 12:36 PM

    New Delhi: Budget carrier SpiceJet has accepted the resignation of its chief executive Niel Raymond Mills, 18 months before his service contract was to expire. While no name has been announced for his successor, the airline on Saturday informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that Mills' resignation, submitted in July, was...
  • Air India generates cash surplus of Rs 460 crore in April-June 04-08-2013 11:00 AM

    New Delhi: A series of cost cutting measures and an aggressive marketing strategy have led Air India to generate cash surplus of Rs 460 crore in April-June on the back of a consistent growth trend since last July. The all-round improvement resulted from a strategy that encompassed a review of...
  • FIPB to discuss Rs 2,058 crore Jet-Etihad deal today 29-07-2013 12:10 PM

    New Delhi: The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) on Monday will discuss the contentious Rs 2,058 crore Jet-Etihad deal. The FIPB had earlier deferred approval to the deal on the basis of certain provisions in the previous shareholders' agreement and commercial cooperation agreement, which it said gave more powers to...
  • SpiceJet CEO quits, management yet to accept resignation, say sources 24-07-2013 09:50 AM

    Mumbai: SpiceJet Chief Executive Niel Mills has put in his papers 18 months before his contract was to end, but the management is yet to accept his resignation, sources familiar with the development said on Wednesday. Mills is the third CEO for the Chennai-based private carrier in the past five...
  • Wider consultation needed on Jet-Etihad deal: BJP to PM 21-07-2013 01:50 PM

    New Delhi: Raising concerns over the Rs 2,058 crore Jet-Etihad deal, a BJP MP has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for "wider inter-agency consultations" on the serious technical issue of 'control' in the proposed FDI deal. Nishikant Dubey, the MP from Jharkhand, has alleged that the proposed agreement between...
  • 2 Air India pilots suspended for allowing an actress inside cockpit 19-07-2013 11:22 AM

    New Delhi: Two Air India pilots have been suspended for allowing Kannada actress Nithya Menon into the cockpit. The incident was reported to Air India authorities by a government officer who was travelling on the same flight. In violation of the DGCA guidelines, the pilots, Jagan M Reddy and S...
  • Ananth Kumar welcomes naming airport after Kempe Gowda 18-07-2013 04:42 AM

    Bangalore: Senior BJP leader H N Ananth Kumar on Wednesday welcomed the Centre's move to name Bengaluru International Airport after the city's founder Kempe Gowda. "This has been a great victory for the struggle (for naming it after Kempe Gowda) in the last 10 years inside and outside Parliament," Kumar...
  • FDI rises 25 per cent to 6-month high of $ 2.32 bn in April 15-07-2013 12:03 PM

    New Delhi: Foreign direct investment (FDI) into India increased 25 per cent year-on-year to USD 2.32 billion in April, the highest level in the past six months. In April 2012, the country had received FDI worth $1.85 billion, according to data from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)....
  • Civil Aviation Minister to send a note to Cabinet on Jet-Etihad deal 08-07-2013 05:50 PM

    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...
  • AirAsia hits back at Swamy for calling the deal 'fraudulent' 03-07-2013 11:05 AM

    New Delhi: AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes has hit back at Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy for calling his company's deal with the Tata group for a new airline "fraudulent". Responding to Swamy's allegation, Fernandes said that the Indian aviation industry is missing great opportunities due to vested interests. "I don't...
  • Big questions and pointers of the Jet-Etihad deal 02-07-2013 03:31 PM

    New Delhi: The deal between Jet Airways and Etihad seems to have hit a fresh roadblock with the government divided on the domestic airlines' 24 per cent stake sale to the Abu Dhabi-based carrier. The Prime Minister's Office has asked Civil Aviation Ministry to allay concerns over the deal and...
  • Regulator bodies looking into concerns surrounding Jet-Etihad deal: Ajit Singh 02-07-2013 11:51 AM

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday tried to play down the issues surrounding Jet Airways' deal with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and said the concerns raised on the deal are being addressed by the regulatory bodies. The Minister, who is in favour of Jet's planned 24 per cent...