[New Delhi] DGCA Grounds 12 Pilots Of Spicejet+GoAir+AirIndiaExpress
Aviation regulator DGCA has grounded 12 pilots and served show-cause notices on them after the six recent cases of aircraft veering off runway or taxiway
Air India Express and
have been involved in three, two and one such incidents, respectively, in the past few days
[New Delhi] DGCA Grounds 12 Pilots Of Spicejet+GoAir+AirIndiaExpress
[Nagpur]GoAir’s Ground Teen Ager Staffer Commits Suicide
The deceased, Manthan Chavan, was part of the Mumbai- based airline’s ground staff at the Nagpur airport and ended his life Thursday afternoon at residence after wishing his mother, [a policewoman] on her birthday
Chavan’s father told the police its not clear why his son committed suicide, but he may have taken the extreme step due to work stress,
[New Delhi]IndiGo’s Airbuses Facing Glitches, DGCA Yet To Put a Check on PW Engine
The DGCA had issued an advisory in November last year to deal with this issue. However, the PW engines continue to face glitches P&W engine woes had forced both IndiGo (which operates 57 of such planes)and the larger rival GoAir to ground some of the A320 Neos on earlier occasions also.Despite repeated glitches neither the engine maker nor the plane maker has been able to provide any lasting solution so far.
India’s aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is likely to issue an additional advisory soon for Airbus planes fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines,
The recurring glitches on the Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus planes have forced the Wadia group-run budget carrier GoAir to ground as many as seven A320 Neos.
GoAir has 49 planes in the fleet and 30 of them are Airbus A320 Neos.
During February and March last year, 14 planes — 11 of IndiGo and three of GoAir – were grounded by the aviation regulator DGCA following a series of mid-air engine shutdowns.
Apart from these two carriers, Air India and Vistara also operate A320 Neos but they are powered by CFM engines. P&W engine woes had forced both IndiGo (which operates 57 of such planes)and the larger rival GoAir to ground some of the A320 Neos on earlier occasions also.
[Mumbai] Unsafe IndiGo+GoAir Bow Before “Prabhu”& Cancel 50 Flights for More then12 Cities.
Domestic carriers IndiGo and GoAir cancelled around 50 flights today
almost one-third of their A320 Neo aircraft fleet remained grounded for the third day following a safety directive by the country’s aviation watchdog DGCA.
Of the 48 flights, which are not being operated as part of the curtailed schedule,
42 are of IndiGo and six of GoAir.Suresh Prabhu has taken over charge of Ministry of Civil Aviation He has Encouraged DGCA Since then DGCA Has taken strong safety measures and issued directions to These Carriers with Questionable Engines as a result of which These Airlines are forced to ground their planes with Defective Engines.These two carriers had yesterday said they were taking measures to minimise inconvenience to the passengers whose flights have been cancelled by booking them on alternative flights as well giving them the option of cancelling or rescheduling their travel without any extra cost. But these are not seen in airports.Fliers of these carriers are cursed to suffer.
IndiGo has cancelled 42 flights for March 14.
This includes flights to Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, among others,
Wadia Group-promoted GoAir had cancelled a total of six flights today due to the grounding of three of its A320 Neo planes, as against 18 yesterday.
IndiGo operates over 1,000 daily flights while
GoAir offers 230 services daily.
Yesterday, these two airlines together had cancelled over 65 flights, with IndiGo alone cancelling over 47 services, due to the grounding of their 11 aircraft — eight of IndiGo and three of GoAir —
There are a total of 45 A320 Neo planes fitted with P&W’s Underfire engines with the two airlines.
Of these, IndiGo has 33 and GoAir 12 planes. The cancellation of services in a large number has put thousands of passengers at inconvenience as they had pre-booked these flights amid the concerns of exorbitant fares which are charged by the carriers for last-minute travel.
[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,
Jet Airways (16.3%),
Air India (14.8 %),
GoAir (8.4 %),
Vistara (2.6 %) and
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.
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%).
[New Delhi] 25 IndiGo’s Crew Members Faced Enforcement Action Just Six Months
44 crew members, including pilots, of
Jet Airways faced enforcement actions this year till June end, followed by
Air India (22),
Vistara (4) and
On August 11, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha informed Parliament that DGCA acted against 63 pilots of SpiceJet for operating flights beyond their stipulated duty hours. In 2014, there were 391 enforcement actions by the DGCA.
As per DGCA Reports ,270 airline crew violated safety norms this year
As many as 270 airline crew members, mostly pilots, were found violating safety norms this year by regulator DGCA which suspended over 150 of them, raising serious concerns about aviation safety.
The number paints an alarming picture as there was a total of
275 “enforcement actions” by DGCA last year, compared
270 such actions being initiated in less than eight months this year.
“Instances of safety violations are increasing. To curb such incidents, the regulator has stepped up surveillance activities,” a senior DGCA official said.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had earlier this week suspended flying licenses of two pilots of
Air India and
for four years as they were found to be drunk soon after operating international flights. It had also directed the airlines to register FIRs against them.
Violation of safety requirements such as being drunk while operating a flight can also attract imprisonment.
One cabin crew member each from the two carriers have also been suspended for the same violation for one year.
As per latest data available with DGCA, there were safety violations involving around 270 airline crew members this year till August 12 and the number stood at 169 at the end of June.
Most of them were pilots, flight commanders and first officers.
[New Delhi]5/20 Jinn Still In Cage: Centre To Domestic Airliners
Govt has not taken any decision on on fate of 5/20 rule:
The government today conceded the demand of the promoters of old airlines for a “patient” hearing on the issue even as it said no decision has been taken on the fate of the regulation.
At a meeting, chaired by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the promoters contended that relaxing of the norms will have negative impact on domestic connectivity and services and may lead to rise in airfares.
The meeting comes at a time the Civil Aviation Ministry is preparing a draft note on the new aviation policy to take it to the Cabinet for its approval.
The decade-old regulation requires an Indian carrier to have a minimum five years of domestic flying experience and a fleet of at least 20 planes to fly overseas.
The meeting was attended by
Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal,
IndiGo promoter Rahul Bhatia, its
President Aditya Ghosh and
SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh, among others.
A controversy had been triggered when the Civil Aviation Ministry held a meeting with two Tata Group-promoted startup airlines — Vistara and AirAsia India — to discuss the proposed aviation policy as part of the stakeholders’ consultation on the draft civil aviation policy.
The FIA, which comprises Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir, and claims to represent more than 90 per cent of the domestic airlines industry, took strong objection to this “one sided” confabulations which had also included discussions on international flying norms for domestic carriers, popularly known as “5/20 norm”
[New Delhi]Airliners Demand Roll Back In Irrational ATF
Airlines body FIA demanded roll back in jet fuel prices
FIA today demanded a roll back of the 12 per cent hike in jet fuel prices by oil companies and sought appointment of an independent price regulator to deal with the issue of “irrational” pricing.
In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today, Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) threatened to move fair trade watchdog CCI if the “non-transparent” price increase continues.
FIA is a body of four established domestic private Profit Making airlines –Jet Airways+ IndiGo+SpiceJet + GoAir.
Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), or jet fuel, price was yesterday hiked by 12 per cent by the oil marketing companies on global cues.making air travel more costly
Jet fuel constitutes over 40 per cent of an airlines operating cost and any upward increase in the prices pushes up the cost of operations of the carrier.
The FIA also keeps open its option to pay for fuel in line with the earlier charges
According to FIA, the average price per barrel (MOPAG) from January 2016 to February 2016 has declined by 22 per cent from a rate of USD 46.49 per barrel to 36.1 per barrel while during this period the exchange rate variation has been 1 per cent from Rs 67.60 to Rs 68.20.
During this period there has been no variation in sales tax.
[नई दिल्ली] भारतीय एयर लाइन्स संघ ने केंद्र सरकार को ज्ञापन देकर विदेशी और नए एयरलाइन्स के बराबर दर्जा मांगा |
भारतीय एयरलाइंस संघ के एयरलाइंस ऑपरेटरों के एक प्रतिनिधिमंडल ने पूर्वोत्तर क्षेत्र विकास के केंद्रीय राज्य मंत्री डॉ. जितेन्द्र सिंह को एक ज्ञापन दिया जिसमे संघ ने सरकार से अपनी राष्ट्रीय नागरिक उड्डयन नीति को अंतिम रूप देने के दौरान उनकी कुछ चिंताओं के बारे में सरकार से हस्तक्षेप करने की मांग की | इस नीति को उड्ययन मंत्रालय तैयार करने वाला है। संघ ने कहा कि यह आवश्यक है कि उनके साथ भेदभाव न होने दिया जाए और विदेशी और नए एयरलाइंस के बराबर उन्हें भी रखकर देखा जाए।
प्रतिनिधिमंडल में इंडिगो अध्यक्ष आदित्य घोष+जेट एयरवेज के वरिष्ठ उपाध्यक्ष डॉ. नारायण हरिहरन+स्पाइस जेट के मुख्य प्रबंध निदेशक अजब सिंह और गो एयरलाइन के प्रबंध निदेशक जे वाडिया शामिल थे |