A government-appointed committee has dropped the proposal floated by the civil aviation ministry to restrict the number of airports a private operator can bid for under the public-private partnership model.Sources in the government said the committee, after examining the market, came to the conclusion that there are not enough players in the sector to take up airport privatisation, so putting any…

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Mumbai: Cidco has kicked off the process of developing an aerocity abutting Navi Mumbai International Airport.As airports serve as an engine to boost economy, the aerocity will be a commercial and residential district on its southern side spread over around 300 hectares. From financial services and corporate offices to residential and entertainment centres, hotels, hospitals, schools, and …

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its financial outlook for the global air transport industry, showing that airlines were expected to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 for a net profit margin of -20.1%. Revenues would fall 50% to $419 billion from $838 billion in 2019. In 2021, losses are expected to be cut to $15.8 billion as revenues rise to $598 billion.“Financially, 2020 …

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Vijayawada: The Centre has issued all the approvals, including the aerodrome licence, to Orvakal airport in Kurnool district, Industries and Commerce Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy said.In a statement issued on Saturday, the minister said Orvakal airport, which is the first airport taken up by a State government in South India, will start flight operations in March. The YSRC government has spent…

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Indian carrier SpiceJet has expanded its operations from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK Airport) to five more cities including Mumbai, Cochin, Amritsar, Lucknow and Jaipur, besides increasing frequencies to its existing Delhi-Ras Al Khaimah-Delhi route.The addition of the new destinations comes less than two months after the low-cost carrier began operations to RAK Airport.By way of a …

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The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Centre, DGCA and Air India on a plea challenging the national carrier’s decision to reduce allowances of its employees and putting in place a scheme, under which anyone can be sent on leave for up to five years without pay.The petition by the Executive Pilots Association (EPA) also challenged a civil aviation ministry letter that mentioned a …

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Juhu airport-based charter company, Bativala M Bhagvati Flying Charters LLP, has tied up with Sanskruti Vacations for helicopter services from Juhu airport to the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat.Earlier, SpiceJet had started a seaplane service to the fast emerging destination.Captain Mihir Bhagvati, a partner of Bativala M Bhagvati Flying Charters LLP, said, “The inaugural flight will take …

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Kurnool: The Director of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted licence to Andhra Pradesh Airports Development Corporation Limited (APDCL) to open Kurnool airport (Orvakal) for public use.With this development, the last hurdle for commencement of commercial operations has been cleared, said an Airport Authority of India (AAI) official.Indigo Airlines has been selected as private operator under UDAAN-4…

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Pune: Heavy fog in northern India delayed several inbound and outbound flights from/to Delhi and other places on Saturday morning.A Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight slated to take off from the city around 8.05am was delayed by over two hours.Similarly, an Air India flight scheduled to land in Pune from Delhi at 8.40am was delayed by almost three-and-a-half hours, an airport official said.Between …

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Cochin International Airport Ltd(CIAL), which became the worlds first solar-powered airportin 2015, on Sunday added another feather to its cap, commissioning two floating solar power plants in Kerala.With the installation of the plants with a capacity of452 KWh over two artificial lakes, the airport’s total installed capacity has risen to 40 MWp helping it to produce around 1.60 lakh units of …

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