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Regional Connectivity scheme will turn India into third largest aviation market: PM Modi

Regional Connectivity scheme will turn India into third largest aviation market: PM Modi

Accusing previous governments of having "no vision" for aviation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, said his government is working in a "mission mode" for expansion of the sector and has put in place the country's first integrated policy to tap the potential of small cities.

First flight under Regional Connectivity Scheme​ likely in January, says Aviation Minister

First flight under Regional Connectivity Scheme​ likely in January, says Aviation Minister

Government expects the first flight under the regional air connectivity scheme, which is in advanced stages of finalisation, to take off in early January 2017, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said.

Airlines are not 'demons': Civil Aviation Minister

Airlines are not 'demons': Civil Aviation Minister

Airlines might not be "angels but definitely they are not demons", Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said amid concerns over arbitrary hike in airfares and emphasised that carriers have been responsive during crises.

Capping airfares being examined:Official, will be counter- productive: Civil Aviation Minister

Capping airfares being examined:Official, will be counter- productive: Civil Aviation Minister

The issue of capping airfares is under consideration, a top Civil Aviation Ministry official said on Saturday, even as Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said it could be counter-productive.

Air India can't get public money for eternity: Civil Aviation Minister

Air India can't get public money for eternity: Civil Aviation Minister

Air India's "books are so bad" that nobody will buy it even if the government wanted to sell off the national carrier, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said on Thursday.

Civil Aviation Minister to review Air India performance today

Civil Aviation Minister to review Air India performance today

The review meeting, likely to be attended by Rajus deputy Mahesh Sharma and Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey along with other senior officials, comes ahead of the second anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre.

 

Good News! Air India no longer loss-making

Good News! Air India no longer loss-making

Efficient functioning and reduction in operational costs has helped national carrier Air India turn from a loss-making airline into an "operational profit unit", the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Air India showing improvement in operational performance

Air India showing improvement in operational performance

Air India's net losses have declined by more than 22 percent in the past four years, reflecting improvement in its financial and operational performance, Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday.

After San Francisco, Air India to offer direct flights to more US cities

After San Francisco, Air India to offer direct flights to more US cities

Air India is considering starting a direct flight to Washington as well as serving new cities in the US soon after it launches its services to San Francisco next month.

Draft aviation policy: Govt proposes to cap fare at Rs 2,500; seeks to make air travel affordable

Draft aviation policy: Govt proposes to cap fare at Rs 2,500; seeks to make air travel affordable

The policy has mooted various measures to boost regional connectivity including setting up of no-frills airports and providing viability gap funding for airlines.

Draft aviation policy in public domain by month-end: Civil Aviation Minister

Draft aviation policy in public domain by month-end: Civil Aviation Minister

Civil aviation ministry is expected to bring out the draft of civil aviation policy by October end for seeking comments from the stakeholders and public 

No-frisking list: 'Will remove Robert Vadra's name in three days if he writes to government'

No-frisking list: 'Will remove Robert Vadra's name in three days if he writes to government'

Responding to Congress president Robert Vadra, who pressed the government to take his name off the elite "no frisking" list at the domestic airports, MoS Civil Aviation said on Monday that Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law must submit the same in writing.

Air India cuts losses to Rs 5,547.47 cr

Air India has reduced its net loss by more than a quarter to Rs 5,547.47 crore in the previous fiscal as compared to a net loss of Rs 7,559.74 crore in FY12, government said on Monday.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju downplays issue of privileges to MPs

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Friday disapproved of making an issue of privileges to Members of Parliament at various airports, saying serving of free tea, coffee and water to them was just a "courtesy".

VIP facilities: Robert Vadra takes a swipe at Civil Aviation Minister

Robert Vadra on Tuesday took a swipe at Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju over his remarks that MPs and other VIPs will continue to enjoy facilities including free access to the airport terminal building.

Unfazed Civil Aviation Minister says his frisking exemption no threat to security

A day after his "lighter and matchbox" remarks created controversy, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapthy Raju today remained unfazed, saying his exemption from frisking at airports should not be taken as a threat to security.

India gets back Category-I aviation safety ranking

India's aviation safety ranking was Wednesday upgraded to Category-1 by US aviation watchdog Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), a move that could pave the way for domestic airlines to expand their services to that country.

Bragging about carrying match boxes on flights is silly: Omar Abdullah

NC leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah took on Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday over the issue of carrying match boxes on flights.

Civil Aviation Minister brags about carrying match boxes in planes

Civil Aviation Minister brags about carrying match boxes in planes

Ashok Gajapati Raju on Tuesday sparked a controversy by admitting that he carried match boxes in airplanes, without them being confiscated, after he became the Union Civil Aviation Minister.

Air India takes several measures to become profitable: Govt

Other measures include launching of promotional and competitive fares as well as enhancing facilities for passengers such as web check-in option and flight tracking system, he said.