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Coronavirus: DGCA suspends international commercial flights till April 30

23 Mar 2021

Coronavirus: DGCA suspends international commercial flights till April 30

As the COVID-19 situation in India worsens, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday announced the suspension of international commercial flights till April 30.

DGCA allows cheaper domestic flights for those without baggage

26 Feb 2021

DGCA allows cheaper domestic flights for those without baggage

Domestic flight operators are allowed to offer concessions on ticket fares to passengers traveling without baggage, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said in a circular.

Aviation Ministry, DGCA grant permission to BCCI to use drones

09 Feb 2021

Aviation Ministry, DGCA grant permission to BCCI to use drones

Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Civil Aviation Ministry have given conditional permissions to the Board of Control for Cricket in India for aerial filming of cricket matches this year.

DGCA serves notice to IndiGo over ruckus on Kangana's flight

11 Sep 2020

DGCA serves notice to IndiGo over ruckus on Kangana's flight

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has served a notice to IndiGo in connection to the chaos on its September 9 flight, which had Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut as a passenger.

Government may resume international flights by next month

04 Jun 2020

Government may resume international flights by next month

A recent report from India Today had suggested that the Ministry of Civil Aviation was contemplating to resume international flight operations in July.

Mauritius President stopped at Varanasi airport over excess baggage

29 Feb 2020

Mauritius President stopped at Varanasi airport over excess baggage

Mauritius President Prithvirajsing Roopun was reportedly stopped at the international airport in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

You can fly drones from today: All details here

01 Dec 2018

You can fly drones from today: All details here

It had earlier been reported that individuals and companies would be legally allowed to fly drones in Indian airspace starting December 1, as per the Ministry of Civil Aviation's Drone Regulations 1.0.

Woman abuses Air India crew after being denied alcohol, held

14 Nov 2018

Woman abuses Air India crew after being denied alcohol, held

A business class passenger verbally abused an Air India crew member after she was denied extra alcohol aboard a London-bound flight from Mumbai.

Kannur International Airport to be inaugurated on December 9

05 Oct 2018

Kannur International Airport to be inaugurated on December 9

Kannur International Airport, the second greenfield airport set up under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, near Mattannur in Kerala's Kannur district would be inaugurated on December 9.

100ml limit for liquids on flights might be lifted soon

25 Sep 2018

100ml limit for liquids on flights might be lifted soon

According to government officials, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is considering installing and testing liquid explosive detectors at airports.

Drunk man pees on woman's seat on Air India flight

01 Sep 2018

Drunk man pees on woman's seat on Air India flight

An intoxicated man allegedly urinated on the seat of a woman passenger onboard an Air India international flight, prompting the Civil Aviation Ministry to seek a report from AI.

You'll legally be able to fly drones from December 1

28 Aug 2018

You'll legally be able to fly drones from December 1

Starting December 1, individuals and companies will be legally allowed to fly drones in Indian airspace, except for in restricted areas, according to the civil aviation ministry's new Drone Regulations 1.0.

Indian carriers need $50bn to buy planes over 10yrs: Report

05 Aug 2018

Indian carriers need $50bn to buy planes over 10yrs: Report

Indian carriers will require a whopping $50bn to take the expected scheduled delivery of ordered planes over the next 10 years, Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said.

Jet Airways 'can't run after 60 days,' stake-sale attempts on

03 Aug 2018

Jet Airways 'can't run after 60 days,' stake-sale attempts on

The debt-ridden Jet Airways, India's second-largest airline by market share, is desperate for cash, and has resumed talks with investment bankers for assistance in a stake sale.

26 mid-air misses reported over Indian airspace this year: Sinha

02 Aug 2018

26 mid-air misses reported over Indian airspace this year: Sinha

Twenty-six cases of mid-air miss were reported over the Indian airspace this year till June, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha informed Lok Sabha.

59 incidents of aircraft engine damage since 2014: Govt

26 Jul 2018

59 incidents of aircraft engine damage since 2014: Govt

There were 21 incidents of damage to aircraft engines during flights in 2017, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha informed Lok Sabha today, adding that the figure is also the highest in the last four years.

Passengers flying from Delhi might soon have to pay more

20 Jul 2018

Passengers flying from Delhi might soon have to pay more

Airfares for people flying out of Delhi's IGI Airport might soon undergo a hike, although a marginal one, as its operator, the DIAL, requested permission for increasing 'passenger service fee' (PSF).

Want full refunds on airfare? Pay more for tickets first

15 Jun 2018

Want full refunds on airfare? Pay more for tickets first

If the government's 'full refund on airfare within 24 hours' proposal goes through, it might prove costly for other passengers.

Business Roundup: Here are today's top 5 Business news

12 Jun 2018

Business Roundup: Here are today's top 5 Business news

Hola! Missed the business headlines of the day? No worries, here's your daily wrap of business news.

India slammed by IATA for taxing international tickets, creeping re-regulation

04 Jun 2018

India slammed by IATA for taxing international tickets, creeping re-regulation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today reprimanded India for taxing international tickets in contravention of the resolutions of the UN body International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Air India up for sale, but nobody interested in buying

30 May 2018

Air India up for sale, but nobody interested in buying

In an embarrassing turn of events, the state-owned Air India airline has not received any buyer for government's 76% stake, a day before the bidding closes on Thursday.

Center to finalize 'vision 2035' document, address aviation sector issues

29 May 2018

Center to finalize 'vision 2035' document, address aviation sector issues

The Center is concluding a strategic vision document for the fast-growing aviation sector in the country to address issues such as infrastructure constraints at airports, boosting air connectivity to smaller towns, and developing the local human resource.

Relief for flyers: No Cancellation-charges within 24 hrs of booking

22 May 2018

Relief for flyers: No Cancellation-charges within 24 hrs of booking

Bringing cheer to passengers, the aviation ministry has proposed lifting of airlines' cancellation charges if tickets are cancelled within 24 hours of booking.

No-more-switching-to-flight-mode: Proposal to allow data, voice calls in-flight approved

01 May 2018

No-more-switching-to-flight-mode: Proposal to allow data, voice calls in-flight approved

Here is a good news for those who find switching their phones in airplane mode, when traveling by air, difficult.

You might get Rs. 20,000 if your flight is delayed/cancelled

19 Apr 2018

You might get Rs. 20,000 if your flight is delayed/cancelled

If the aviation ministry's recommendations are approved, you might soon be entitled to a compensation of up to Rs. 20,000 if your flight is delayed or cancelled, depending upon the impact.

IndiGo is no longer buying Air India

06 Apr 2018

IndiGo is no longer buying Air India

IndiGo, India's largest domestic air carrier, which was among the first to express interest in buying Air India after the government announced its disinvestment, has now backed out, saying it doesn't have the capability required to successfully take on the airline's operations.

Over 21,000 employees of disinvestment-bound Air India await March salary

03 Apr 2018

Over 21,000 employees of disinvestment-bound Air India await March salary

The debt-laden national carrier Air India has delayed the payment of salaries for the month of March and is yet to intimate the employees about reasons for the delay, sources said.

Air-India Sale: Government might sell it completely, shedding 100% stake

24 Feb 2018

Air-India Sale: Government might sell it completely, shedding 100% stake

The Centre is mulling options for selling Air India completely, which include offloading 100% of its stake the debt-ridden national carrier.

Navi Mumbai airport to be operational in next 5 years

01 Feb 2018

Navi Mumbai airport to be operational in next 5 years

Civil Aviation minister Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said the Navi Mumbai airport will take at least four to five years to become operational.

In-flight internet may cost you Rs. 500 for 30 minutes!

23 Jan 2018

In-flight internet may cost you Rs. 500 for 30 minutes!

The TRAI recently approved in-flight connectivity (IFC) in India, and also released its recommendations on the matter.

Foreign airlines can invest up to 49% in Air India

10 Jan 2018

Foreign airlines can invest up to 49% in Air India

Earlier, a parliamentary panel advised the government to defer Air India's (AI) privatization. They urged them to give 5yrs for AI's revival.

Air India Privatization: Carrier to be split into 2

12 Dec 2017

Air India Privatization: Carrier to be split into 2

The government's Air India privatization plan seems to have taken shape. The Centre would split the state-run airline into two before sale.

Poop from the sky! NGT asks panel to analyze "waste"

03 Dec 2017

Poop from the sky! NGT asks panel to analyze "waste"

Delhi's "poop-from-the-sky" problem is back again, and the NGT wants to know if it is human or bird excreta.

Airfares likely to increase with hike in passengers services fee

23 Nov 2017

Airfares likely to increase with hike in passengers services fee

Airfares are likely to increase as the government mulls raising passenger services fee (PSF) by at least 38% to meet airport security costs.

New scanners at Delhi Airport 'sensitive' to sarees, jewelry

17 Nov 2017

New scanners at Delhi Airport 'sensitive' to sarees, jewelry

The Delhi Airport has a new scanner that is "sensitive" to Indian attire. It will produce X-ray images to detect contraband concealed on the body.

India needs 55 airports by 2030 to avert major crisis

12 Nov 2017

India needs 55 airports by 2030 to avert major crisis

India's airport network is at a "near-crisis situation", says a report by the CAPA, an aviation analysis group.

New airports coming up in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai

10 Nov 2017

New airports coming up in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai

India's four metros are all set to get second airports soon to tackle the growing traffic.

Flights carrying soldiers' bodies may observe 30 seconds of silence

10 Oct 2017

Flights carrying soldiers' bodies may observe 30 seconds of silence

Passengers traveling in Indian planes carrying the mortal remains of military personnel martyred in combat may soon be requested to observe 30 seconds of silence.

Air India Maharaja will sell scraps to make ends meet

26 Sep 2017

Air India Maharaja will sell scraps to make ends meet

Embattled state-run Air India now plans on vacating its unused hangar space at airports and sell out accumulated scrap to cut costs.

Bengaluru: Jayant Sinha inaugurates Boeing India's new engineering centre

22 Sep 2017

Bengaluru: Jayant Sinha inaugurates Boeing India's new engineering centre

Expanding its operations, global aerospace major Boeing has opened an additional facility at Boeing India Engineering and Technology Center in Bengaluru.