After being announced as the highest bidder of Air India with Rs 18,000 crore, Tata Sons Private Limited took over Air India, officially, on January 27. Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekhar reached Delhi and signed the agreement to officially be the owner of Air India airlines, from the Government of India. Notably, this is a historic moment for Tata Sons, as Air India returns to its founders after 68 years.
The Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on December 9, announced extending the ban on international flights till January 31. The Indian Civil Aviation Ministry decided to extend the ban in view of Covid-19's new variant Omicron. However, the flight operation under Vande Bharat, selected routes with lower cases of Covid-19. Initially, the international flights were scheduled to resume from December 15.
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Amid the Omicron scare, the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry announced to reconsider the resumption of international flights. Scheduled to resume on December 15, the international flight services have now been postponed. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will take a decision and announce the same in the due course of time. In addition, the DGCA and Aviation Ministry are closely monitoring the global developments of Omicron.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami inaugurated the new terminal building of Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun on October 8. Reportedly, the development of the terminal costed Rs 325 crore and is spread in an area of 28,729 Sqm and 1,200 people are allowed during the peak hours. Nares Bansal, Trivendra Singh Rawat, and Ramesh Pokhriyal joined the meeting through video-… read-more
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The Aviation Ministry has approved a conditional exemption for drone flight operations of 20 entities including SpiceJet, Dunzo Air Consortium and Swiggy. The one-year exemption is granted under the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021, and the drones have been allowed to operate beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). The 20 entities have been selected by a committee after evaluating the Expressions of Interest by 34 participants. … read-more
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Amidst the new COVID-19 strain fear spreading in the country, the Centre on December 30 extended the ban on flights originating from the UK till January 7. However, the Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri clarified that the flight suspensions will not be extended beyond January 7. Earlier, Indian government had suspended the India bound UK flights till December 31. Reportedly, over dozen of new strain positive cases have been… read-more
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Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that an assessment made by the ministry expects domestic flights to carry two lakh passengers every day by the end of October. He added that the passenger count is expected to reach three lakhs between Diwali and the 2020 end. He further mentioned that domestic flights under 'Lifeline Udaan' travelled around 5,45,685 km and carried 940.29 tonnes in its journey.
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The Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that Vande Bharat is a mission of "hopes and happiness" and so far over 16.25 lakh people have been benefited with this. The ministry added that on September 13 about 4,170 people returned. Vande Bharat mission, which is currently in its sixth phase, was started with an aim to get back Indians stranded in different countries owing to the pandemic.
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All flight tickets booked between March 25 and May 3 will be fully refunded by airlines, DGCA conveyed to the Supreme Court on September 6. It stated that non-refund of tickets and creating "involuntary" credit shell was a violation of Aircraft Rules (1937). Earlier, in June, the apex court had asked airline operators and the Centre to help customers by creating a credit shell with a validity of 2 years.
Aviation Regulatory body, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on August 28, that passengers without masks violate the COVID-19 operating procedures and hence can be added to the ‘No-Fly List’ by the airlines. "The face masks should be removed only for genuine reasons like drinking water or having food," DGCA advised. Centre has granted permission to resume consumption of food in airlines, … read-more