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Jet airways Flight Hits Taj Sats Catering Vehicle at IGI Airport

[Nw Delhi] Jet airways Flight Hits Catering Vehicle at IGI Airport
An aircraft, with 133 passengers on-board, hit a parked catering vehicle at the Delhi airport tonight,
No one was injured in the incident that took place around 8 pm when the Jet airways flight, coming from Dubai, arrived at the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport here
The aircraft was moving towards its designated parking bay when its right wing hit a catering vehicle of service provider Taj Sats which was stationed on the nearby lane at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, airport

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New Aviator Prabhu Supports DGCA For Grounding Aircrafts

[New Delhi] New Aviator Prabhu Supports DGCA For Grounding Aircrafts
Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said today that The DGCA decision to ground certain A320 neo aircraft with faulty engines is “only for passenger safety”
The aviation regulator’s move has resulted in flight cancellations by IndiGo and GoAir as the two airlines have grounded 11 A320 neo aircraft following the directive. IndiGo Cancelled its More Then forty flights which resulted Hike in Airfare
Prabhu took over the additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded 11 A320 neo planes powered with a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following three incidents of mid-air engine failures in less than a month.
A total of 14 A320 neo aircraft fitted with a specific series of engines — 11 operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir — have now been grounded. Three IndiGo planes were grounded last month.
Photo Caption
The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu taking additional charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in New Delhi on March 12, 2018.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha is also seen.

Govt Relaxes Its Gripes Over National Carrier Air India:49% FDI

[New Delhi]Govt Relaxes Its Gripes Over Air India:49 % FDI Allowed
Modi government today relaxed FDI norms in various sectors such as single brand retail and allowed foreign airlines to invest up to 49 per cent in Air India. The decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi . The Cabinet allowed overseas investors to invest 100 per cent FDI (foreign direct investment) in single brand retail trading and construction development without any government approval,
. “Foreign airlines allowed to invest up to 49 per cent under approval route in Air India,” the statement said. As per the policy, foreign airlines are allowed to invest under government approval route in Indian companies operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49 per cent of their paid-up capital. However, the provision was not applicable to Air India, thereby implying that foreign airlines could not invest in Air India. “It has now been decided to do away with this restriction and allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49 per cent under approval route in Air India,”

Aviation Regulator Derosters ATC After IndiGo & Spicejet Came Face-2-Face

[New Delhi] Aviation Regulator Derosters ATC After Fully Loaded IndiGo & Spicejet Came Face-2-Face
Aviation regulator DGCA has derostered an air traffic controller (ATC) for the incident in which two fully-loaded passenger aircraft came face-to-face on the taxiway at the Delhi airport today.
“The ATC who cleared the landing of IndiGo flight as well as allowed the SpiceJet aircraft, for Hyderabad, to leave the holding area for refuelling has been taken off the duty till the probe is completed,”
However, providentially a disaster was averted after commanders of both the planes alerted the air traffic control and switched off their engines.
Meanwhile, sources also alleged that the delay in arrival of the Follow-Me-Jeep, operated by the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), was also a contributing factor in the incident.

Me Lord! Aviation Authorities Not Overlooking Aircraft Maintenance: Centre To HC

[New Delhi,]Me Lord! We Are Not Overlooking Aircraft Maintenance :Centre to HC
The Centre has refuted in Delhi High Court the claim that civil aviation authorities are overlooking the alleged violation of aircraft maintenance schedules by airlines, endangering passenger safety.
The Civil Aviation Ministry and the Director General for Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) denied that various private airlines operating in the country were “violating/circumventing the mandatory provisions for airworthiness and air safety”.
The submission was made before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal during hearing of a PIL alleging that aviation authorities were overlooking the prescribed maintenance schedules and sought directions to them to ensure safety of passengers on aircraft flying in and out India.
The counsel for the ministry submitted that till date they have not received any complaint regarding any deficiency in aircraft services.
It further said that the petitioner, advocate Alok Kumar, was a frequent flyer, yet he was alleging there were no safety measures in the flights.
The bench then asked the petitioner to give suggestions with regard to safety requirements in aircraft and listed the matter for further hearing on October 19.
The aviation authorities response came in view of Kumar’s plea seeking direction to DGCA, the regulatory body governing aviation safety, “to formulate a procedure to systematically and periodically monitor and ensure that all airlines follow aircraft maintenance schedules prescribed by aircraft manufacturers”. .

Indian Domestic Air Traffic Consecutively Jumped Growth in July Also:26%

[New Delhi] Indian Domestic Air Traffic Jumped Record 26% Growth in July
Domestic air passenger traffic jumped by nearly 26 per cent in July, registering double-digit growth for the 24th consecutive month with lower fares attracting more fliers.
IndiGo saw its market share climb to 39.8 per cent It had a market share of 37.9 per cent in June.
Latest data from aviation regulator DGCA showed that local airlines flew
85.08 lakh passengers in July compared to
67.62 lakh fliers recorded in the year-ago period.
This is the 24th straight month that domestic air traffic has registered high double-digit growth, which also comes against the backdrop of many airlines offering lower fares as they compete to attract more passengers.
In terms of market share in July,
IndiGo [39.8%]
Jet Airways (16.3%),
Air India (14.8 %),
SpiceJet (11.7%),
GoAir (8.4 %),
Vistara (2.6 %) and
AirAsia (2.2%).
When it comes to load factor — a measure of seat occupancy in flights — low-cost carrier
SpiceJet emerged on top with 92 %in July. The same stood at 93 % in June.
During July,
IndiGo’s load factor stood at 83.6 % higher than 77.9 % seen in the previous month.
Among other airlines,
GoAir registered a load factor of 90.3 % followed by Air Asia with 85.7 % while that of
Jet Airways and Vistara were 83.8 % and 75.2 % respectively.
National carrier Air India registered a lower load factor of 80.3 %in July compared to 82 % in June.
Scheduled domestic airlines shelled out compensation to the tune of Rs 35.56 lakh for denied boarding to passengers last month.
For cancellations, the carriers gave a total
compensation of Rs 23.22 lakh while the overall amount for
flight delays, a total amount of Rs 61.33 lakh was given “towards compensation and facilities”.
According to DGCA, 1,111 passengers were affected by
denied boarding, 4,796 people by cancellations and
delays impacted 65,953 passengers.
Last month, as many as 948 passenger-related complaints were received by the scheduled domestic airlines with maximum number coming against Air Pegasus — which saw disruptions in its operations amid financial woes.
As much as 34.2 % complaints were related to flight problems, followed by customer service (27.4 %) and baggage (17.5%).

Govt’s 2nd Big NO In Just 2 Days,Today’s ‘NO’ For Opaque DGCA

[New Delhi]Govt’s 2nd No In Two Days This Time For Replacement Of Opaque DGCA
Central Govt Has Shelved Its Another Proposal for Civil Aviation Authority
Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said that he saw no need to merely rename the regulator.
The UPA government had proposed to replace Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) having full functional and financial autonomy to give the regulator more teeth.
But the Civil Aviation Minister said.”What is the need for CAA? What purpose will be served by just changing the name? I do not see any reason (to replace DGCA),”
Raju, however, admitted there is “opaqueness” in working of DGCA and promised to usher in transparency in the body in the interest of passenger safety and security.
The Minister said an ambitious plan is being worked out to make the DGCA a more “responsive” and “meaningful” body, which had faced a downgrade on safety grounds during the UPA regime.
The DGCA is expected to make completely online 18 major services including granting of licence to pilots, approval of safety procedures and engineering and flight operations this month as part of its e-GCA (e-Governance in Civil Aviation) project.
His comments come,Through PTI, at a time when there are increasing threats to aviation security worldwide, particularly after the terror attack on Brussels airport in March.
Yesterday Raju Ruled Out any Formulation For Capping Of Airfare
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Indigo Airline[IGA]Shares Trailing Behind Today’s Offer Price

[Mumbai] Profit Booking Indigo Airline[IGA]Shares Trailing Behind Today’s Offer Price
No Frill Indigo airline[Interglobe Aviation] shares ,Today,Downed
This Down Fall May Be Due To Centre’s Policy Of Capping Ticket Cost
[BSE] 3.67%
[NSE] 3.41%
BSE Category Shares Were
Prev Closed===============================Rs=1010.35
Todays’s Open Price========================Rs==1012
Offer Price================================Rs 974[7]
Present Rate==============Rs=973.25

Domestic Carriers Ferried 74.76 Lakhs Fliers In Feb -Less Then Jan

[New Delhi] Domestic Carriers Ferried 74.76 Lakhs Fliers In Feb Which Are Less Then Jan
But More Then Last Year .Domestic Carriers Ferried 74.76 Lakh Fliers in Feb
Total Air passenger Traffic Jumps 24% in Feb
Marking a growth of over 24 per cent in passengers number, domestic airlines flew 74.76 lakh people in February with majority of the carriers recording over 80 per cent seat occupancy.
In February last year, the carriers had ferried 60.16 lakh passengers.
Latest data compiled by aviation regulator DGCA showed that no-frills carrier IndiGo’s market share stood at 36.8 per cent in February while that of Jet Airways was 18.4 per cent.
Overall, the carriers ferried 74.76 lakh passengers, an increase of 24.27 per cent compared to the year-ago period,
The load factor — an indicator of seat occupancy — of majority of the carriers, including IndiGo and SpiceJet, was more than 80 per cent,
Last month, the market share of
Air India stood at 15.4 per cent, followed by
SpiceJet (13.1 per cent),
GoAir (8 per cent),
JetLite (2.8 per cent),
AirAsia (2.2 per cent),
Vistara (2 per cent) and
Air Costa (0.8 per cent). The market share of
Air Pegasus and Trujet was at 0.3 per cent each,
In January, local carriers had flown 76.55 lakh people.
According to the official, a total of 151.31 lakh passengers were ferried by airlines during January-February.
This represents an increase of over 23 per cent compared with 122.61 lakh passengers seen a year ago.

Govt Can Facilitate But Can’t Force Carriers To Fly To Unconnected Cities

[New Delhi]Govt Can’t Push Pvt ALs & Unwilling To Force Its Carrier For Unconnected Cities
Government today said that Its Carrier is coming out from losses so, will not “force” Air India to fly to unconnected cities
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said Air India is coming out of losses because of the government’s “non-interference” policy and maintained that its job was to “facilitate and not compel” airline operations.
Raju made the remarks during Question Hour after a number of members raised the issue of lack of air connectivity to the regions they came from and Rajiv Satav (Cong) urged him to ask Air India to connect places like Nanded, a pilgrimage centre of the Sikhs.
Raju, however, said the government from time to time gave suggestions to airlines and noted that in the draft civil aviation policy there is a proposal to connect unserved and unconnected airports under the Regional Connectivity Scheme.
“The details of the scheme including the action plan are being finalised… An indicative cost of Rs 50-100 crore has been envisaged in the budget speech for 2016-1017,”
He said in a written reply.”The commencement of activity in these unconnected, unserved airports and airstrips depends on the willingness of the airlines and of the state governments to agree to the conditions of the scheme,”