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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.

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.

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.

Govt plans to revise norm for domestic carriers to fly overseas

To address the imbalance between domestic and foreign carriers, government plans to revise a rule which require local airlines to have least five-year operational experience and 20 aircraft fleet to fly overseas.

Six new airlines to start operations in the new year: Govt

Six new airlines are expected to fly the Indian skies next year, the government said on Tuesday as it asked states to join hands to promote regional connectivity and help the aviation sector meet its burgeoning losses by reducing taxes on jet fuel.

Raju exhorts domestic airlines to utilise 'unused bilaterals'

Advocating scrapping of the '5x20 Rule' which bars certain Indian carriers from flying abroad, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Thursday exhorted domestic airlines to fly on routes where the bilaterals signed between India and other countries have been lying unused.

One of SpiceJet's original promoters steps in to defuse crisis

Emerging as a white-knight for beleaguered SpiceJet, Ajay Singh, one of its original promoters, Thursday met Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in an effort to bring the troubled carrier out of crisis.

SpiceJet shares sink nearly 13%

Shares of budget carrier SpiceJet tumbled nearly 13 percent in early trade on Monday amid a flurry of negative news including fund drought and large-scale flight cancellations.