Tag: Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)

Govt Failing to Save MAHARAJA So Air India Is On Sale

(New Delhi) Govt Failing to Save MAHARAJA So Air India Is On Sale
Air India employee unions meeting in Delhi to discussthis privatisation of airline:
The government on Monday announced sale of 100 per cent stake in debt-laden Air India as it issued the preliminary bid document for the strategic disinvestment with the deadline for submitting expression of interest set as March 17
As part of the strategic disinvestment, Air India would also sell 100 per cent stake in low-cost airline Air India Express and 50 per cent shareholding in joint venture AISATS, as per bid document issued on Monday
Management control of the airline would also be transferred to the successful bidder
This is the second time in less than two years that the government has come out with proposal for selling stake in Air India, which has been in the red for long
The government has set March 17 as the deadline for submitting the expression of interest (EoI)
AISATS is an equal joint venture between Air India and Singapore Airlines. It offers ground handling services
Air India also has interests in Air India Engineering Services, Air India Air Transport Services, Airline Allied Services and Hotel Corporation of India
According to the document, debt of Rs 23,286.5 crore would remain with Air India and Air India Express at the time of closing of the disinvestment
The remaining debt would be allocated to AIAHL
EY is the transaction adviser for Air India disinvestment process
In 2018, the government proposed to offload 76 per cent equity share capital of the national carrier as well as transfer the management control to private players. However, there were no bidders.

Spicejet+GoAir Came Close Over Goa Airspace

[New Delhi]Near Miss Over Goa Airspace.Spicejet+GoAir Came Close Over Goa Airspace
In a near miss incident, two aircraft came close to each other in Goa airspace,
The incident, involving a SpiceJet’s Hyderabad-bound plane from Goa and a GoAir aircraft operating on Nagpur-Mumbai route, took place yesterday, As per sources A probe has been ordered by the civil aviation regulator–Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),
In the Indian airspace, two planes can fly at minimum permitted vertical separation of 1,000 feet, and a breach in this separation prompts the TCAS to go off.

Gajapati Raju Assures Activation Of 10-15 Airports Next Year

{Kumbakonam,TN} Gajapati Raju Assures Activation Of 10-15 Airports Next Year
Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.10-15 airports would be activated by the next year,
Raju Told Reporters ,There are 31 or 32 unconnected airports and we are planning to activate some of them and 10 or 15 airports may be activated by next year,”
Raju, who arrived here enroute to nearby Marugur to visit the ‘samadhi’ of a freedom fighter, said the country was recording the fastest growth in the civil aviation sector in the world.
On cargo operations, he said there was good potential but the problem was several rates of taxes on fuel in different states.
“The major operational cost 45 per cent is fuel and tax problem is there. I have written addressing this to Chief Ministers of all the states,”
He said ,there was no corruption and scams in this regime.

DGCA May Allow Local Airlines To Import 18 Years Old Aircraft Also

[New Delhi] Indian Aviation Watchdog DGCA May Allow Domestic Airlines To Import 18 Years Old Aircraft Also
Domestic airlines might soon be allowed to import aircraft that are up to 18 years old.New Aviation Policy Regarding ‘5/20’ Norms Is Also Under Progress. ,
Currently, local carriers are not allowed to import aircraft that are more than 15 years old.
The proposal to relax the aircraft import requirements comes at a time when the government is in the final stages of preparing the new aviation policy that would focus on improving regional air connectivity, among other areas.
The watchdog has proposed that pressurized aircraft that are to be imported should not have “completed 18 years of age or 50 % of operating cycle”.
A pressurized aircraft is one which is equipped to handle cabin pressure at an altitude of above 10,000 feet.
Besides, such aircraft should not have completed “15 years of age or 75 per cent of design economic life or 45,000 pressurisation cycle”.These norms, once in place, would be applicable for use in scheduled, non-scheduled and general aviation operations.

Its Not Black Money Dumped In Foreign Banks,Its White Rs 2,739 cr,AirLines Not Paying

[New Delhi]It Is Not Black Money Dumped In Foreign Banks But It Is White Rs 2,739 cr Which Air Lines Are Not Paying
Domestic and foreign carriers owed airport usage fee dues worth Rs 2,739 crore to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at the end of March 2015, the government said today.
Out of the total, national carrier Air India and its subsidiaries owed the maximum of Rs 1,963 crore. Other carriers include SpiceJet+ Jet Airways+Jet Lite (India)+ IndiGo+ Go Air.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said AAI has taken various measures to recover the dues such as charging interest on outstanding dues of delayed bills.
Various airlines were to pay airport usage fee worth Rs 2,738.87 crore to AAI at the end of March 2015, with “national carriers” owing Rs 1,962.92 crore, according to Sharma.
At that time,
foreign airlines owed Rs 388.93 crore while the domestic private carriers, including
SpiceJet and Jet Airways, had to pay Rs 387.02 crore.
However, the Minister did not disclose the names of the foreign airlines.
Besides, airlines that had to clear the dues at that time included
Go Air (Rs 32 crore),
Indigo Airlines (Rs 19.81 crore)
Air Asia (Rs 1.29 crore). Without taking names, Sharma said other private airlines owed Rs 96.85 crore to AAI.

Calicut Airport Runway To Suspend Flights From 1st May for Six Months

Calicut Airport Runway To Suspend Big Aircraft Operations for Six Months from 1st May
It has been decided to re-carpet and strengthen the runway at the Calicut Airport for safety reasons arising out of its precarious surface condition after the last monsoon. The work will be undertaken after this year’s monsoon season in September 2015. Meanwhile, in the interest of safety, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to suspend operations of bigger aircrafts such as B-777, B-747 and A-330-200 at Calicut airport for a period of six months with effect from 1.5.2015.
The situation will be reviewed after assessing the progress of re-carpeting work of the runway and the decision communicated by the DGCA in this regard.
Out of 162 flights per week (41 domestic + 121 international), only 26 flights per week of Saudia Airlines, Emirates and Air India will be affected due to suspension of operations of the above category aircraft at the Calicut Airport. However, airlines can operate aircraft such as B-757, B-767, B -737, A-310, A-320 etc or similar aircraft.
The AAI has also requested the Government of Kerala to provide 248 acres of land for extension of Runway including Runway End Safety Area and Basic Strip of 150 metre on either side of the Runway centerline.

Govt Not in a Mood To Bless Domestic Airlines With Traditional Financial Package

[New Delhi]Indian Govt Not in a Mood To Bless Domestic Airlines With Traditional Financial Package
Govt of India Is Concerned Over Financial Health Of Domestic Airlines But Not In a Mood To Bless them with Traditional financial Packages.
The Government today expressed concern over the financial health of domestic airlines but ruled out plans of extending financial package to budget carriers.
However, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma said that state governments have been requested to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT)on Aviation Turbine Fuel [ATF] as it constitutes a significant part of an airline’s total operational costs.
However, On other hand, National Carrier Air India has taken several steps to make its operation profitable which include
[1] withdrawing flights that does not meet fuel or variable costs,
[2]adjusting schedule in line with seasonal demand and
[3]offering discounts to corporate travellers among others,

Air Ports Employees Defered Strike Called for on 11 march

[New Delhi] Air ports Employees To Defer the Strike Called for on 11 March
The Unions are protesting against privatization of four developed air ports
Employees union of state-run airports have deferred their strike call from tomorrow till further notice
This decision is taken after three conciliation meetings with the Chief Labour Commissioner.
Airports Authority of India Employees Union General Secretary Balraj Singh Ahlawat said
.”We have decided to defer our proposed strike on March 11 till further notice in the light of the conciliation proceedings held before the Chief Labour Commissioner ,”
Sh Ahlawat has reiterated that union shall continue its agitation against privatization of AAI airports

Civil Aviation New Policy Is Aired To Shine Junked Wings Of National Carrier

[New Delhi] NDA Govt ,To Shine Junked Wings Of National Carrier,brought in a fresh draft recommending listing of state-run Airports Authority of India & chopper firm Pawan Hans on stock exchanges
“It is a step towards making civil aviation a vibrant sector in our country, to rise to its full potential”, said Civil Aviation Minister, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati while releasing the Draft Civil Aviation Policy on 10th November . The new Civil Aviation Policy is expected to be in place by January 2015, he added.
The Draft has been released for consultation with public and stakeholders within three weeks, after which six to seven groups of experts would be constituted to interact with stakeholders and review the inputs received during the process. The Minister Claimed , “it aims to develop a transparent policy in which regulations for the Civil Aviation sector would be more meaningful.”
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri V. Somasundaran highlighted the salient features of the Draft Civil Aviation Policy in terms of better services and conveniences to flyers.
The Draft notes that “airports are to be designed as integrated multi-modal hubs, so that they provide the best possible service levels as well as potential for growth. An integrated multi-modal hub should include rail, metro, bus and truck connectivity as well as accommodation and other services”, he added.
While developing airports, it is equally essential to ensure that related sectors such as access to manufacture, business, tourism and pilgrim centres are developed.
The six metropolitan airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad would be developed as major international hubs and would in future be the main access points for international travel to and from
The functioning of Ministry of Civil Aviation and the offices under the Ministry will be digitized to improve efficiency and transparency. The service and clearances to be given by different agencies will be made online. Electronic procurement systems will be strengthened to ensure transparency and accountability.
The Draft Civil Aviation Policy is also available on the website of the Ministry of Civil Aviation
The release ceremony was attended by key officials including Shri Rohit Nandan, Chairman & Managing Director, Air India, Dr. Prabhat Kumar, DGCA and Shri S. Raheja, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Australian national Cramer Ball Is Now Approved CEO Of Jet Airways

Australian national Cramer Ball Is Now Approved CEO Of Jet Airways.
Appointment of Cramer Ball as CEO Is Of Jet Airways Is Approved By Ministry Of Civil Aviation.
Jet Airways (India) Limited has proudly announced that airline, has received approval from the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for its appointment of Cramer Ball as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.
The 47 year old Australian national is a certified accountant and an accomplished airline executive with almost two decades of domestic, regional and international aviation experience, including roles at Etihad Airways, Gulf Air and Qantas.
Mr Ball was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (Designate) of Jet Airways (India) Limited in June 2014 and will lead an extensive three-year business plan to reshape the airline and secure its long-term future.
Commenting on Mr. Ball’s appointment and subsequent approval by the Government as CEO, Mr. Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways said, “We need a dynamic chief executive with in depth knowledge of and experience in the airline industry to lead us through the next phase of our development, which encompasses a bold three year business plan to return to profitability.