Ministry of Civil Aviation: News

21 Jan 2024

Afghanistan

Plane that crashed in Afghanishtan not Indian: Civil Aviation Ministry

A commercial aircraft crashed in Afghanistan's northeast Badakhshan province on Saturday night (local time), local media reported.

17 Jan 2024

IndiGo

IndiGo website down, DigiYatra services and self-baggage drop unavailable too

India's popular low-cost airline, IndiGo on Wednesday said that its website was currently down due to "system upgrades".

16 Jan 2024

IndiGo

Passenger seen eating on tarmac: IndiGo, Mumbai airport get notice

The Centre on Tuesday issued show-cause notices to IndiGo Airlines and the Mumbai Airport, after a viral video showed passengers sitting and eating on the tarmac of the airport.

13 Dec 2023

Bombay High Court

IndiGo pilot seeks permission to carry kirpan on plane

An IndiGo Airlines pilot, Angad Singh, has moved the Bombay High Court seeking permission to carry a kirpan—a small curved sword—inside airports.

01 Oct 2023

India

India's MICE tourism less than 1% of global convention business

Despite striving to improve its infrastructure for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE), India holds less than one percent of the world's share in this growing industry, IANS reported, citing a recent report by a high-level Parliamentary committee.

20 Sep 2023

Akasa Air

Akasa Air granted permission to undertake international flights

The civil aviation ministry has approved Akasa Air's request to launch international flights.

07 Jun 2023

Air India

Air India sending ferry flight to Russia for stranded passengers

Air India said on Wednesday that it is sending a ferry flight to Russia, where 216 passengers en route to San Francisco were stranded due to a technical issue on its flight on Tuesday.

Go First crisis: Aviation leasing watchdog puts India on watchlist

Aviation Working Group (AWG), a United Kingdom (UK)-based global aviation leasing watchdog, has placed India on its watchlist with a negative outlook in view of developments around the Go First Airlines crisis, reported Reuters.

13 Feb 2023

COVID-19

India lifts negative RT-PCR mandate for passengers from China, others

In light of the global decline in COVID-19 cases, India lifted COVID-19 restrictions on travelers from six countries, including China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, and Japan, on Monday.

04 Jan 2023

Air India

Air India flight horror: Drunk man urinates on woman co-passenger

In a disturbing incident, a drunk man reportedly urinated on an elderly woman in a business class aisle seat of an Air India flight traveling from New York to Delhi on November 26.

28 Dec 2022

Jyotiraditya Scindia

Centre has no plans to regulate airfares: Jyotiraditya Scindia 

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday said that the Centre has no plans to regulate airfares while also adding that the "market has to play itself out."

New scanners at airports to make security checks hassle-free

Air travelers would not need to lay out laptops, phones, and chargers at security checkpoints as the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) is likely to issue technical norms making way for airports to adopt high-tech scanners capable of screening luggage without removing electronic devices.

Reach 3.5 hours prior: IndiGo amid Delhi's IGI Airport congestion

Amid complaints of chaos and delays at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport due to congestion, IndiGo on Tuesday issued a travel advisory for passengers.

Delhi's IGI Airport: Passenger complaints mount as chaos, delays continue

The chaos, delays, and overcrowding at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport continued on Monday as airport authorities were flooded with complaints by passengers.

24 Nov 2022

United Arab Emirates

UAE bans entry of passengers with single name on passport

In a surprising decision, authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have said that people with a single name written on their passports are not allowed in the country.

22 Nov 2022

COVID-19 Guidelines

Air Suvidha form scrapped! Centre's new rules for international passengers

The central government has relaxed the requirement to fill out the Air Suvidha form for individuals arriving in India from foreign nations on the back of the constantly falling COVID-19 cases in the country.

19 Nov 2022

Arunachal Pradesh

#NewsBytesExplainer: Arunachal Pradesh's first greenfield airport, its significance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated Arunachal Pradesh's first greenfield airport—the Donyi Polo Airport—at Hollongi, 25 km from the capital city of Itanagar.

16 Nov 2022

COVID-19

Masks no more mandatory during air travel, but advisable: Centre

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday said the use of masks was not compulsory for passengers during air travel, PTI reported citing the official order.

Private security to replace CISF personnel for airport non-core duties

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is set to replace the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel posted at non-core duties by private security personnel at 60 airports, it said in a release on Friday.

07 Aug 2022

Mumbai

Akasa Air's first flight takes off from Mumbai to Ahmedabad

The first flight of Akasa Air between Mumbai and Ahmedabad took off on Sunday, as it was officially launched by the Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Minister of State General Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd.).

23 Jul 2022

Drones

UK announces largest drone superhighway: How's India boosting similar technology?

The United Kingdom, in the next two years, is expected to have the world's largest autonomous drone superhighway.

Regular international flights resume from today; everything you should know

After two years, India resumed international flight operations on Sunday.

Airports Authority issues new guidelines as international flights resume tomorrow

India will resume international flights from March 27 at midnight after a two-year-long break.

16 Mar 2022

India

India restores regular visas to all, e-visas to 156 countries

The Centre has decided to restore e-tourist visas for citizens of 156 countries, more than two years after international travel was halted owing to the COVID-19 outbreak.

08 Mar 2022

Jyotiraditya Scindia

India to resume regular international flights from March 27

India is looking to resume international flights starting March 27, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Tuesday.

India extends ban on international flights 'until further orders'

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday said it has extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India until further orders.

17 Feb 2022

India

Centre lifts restrictions on number of flights between India, Ukraine

Amid the ongoing tension between Russia and Ukraine, India has removed the restrictions on the number of flights and seats between India and Ukraine under the Air Bubble arrangement.

02 Jan 2022

Drones

First aerosports policy drafted as India aims high for 2030

India's civil aviation ministry unveiled a draft National Aerosports Policy (NASP 2022) on Saturday.

26 Nov 2021

Union Health Ministry

India to resume international flights from December 15

India will resume regular international flights starting December 15, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Friday.

17 Nov 2021

Boeing

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's Akasa Air orders 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Ace stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air struck a deal with Boeing to buy 72 fuel-efficient 737 MAX airplanes on Tuesday.

12 Oct 2021

Government of India

No restrictions on domestic flight capacity from October 18: Centre

Amid the improving COVID-19 situation in the country, the Civil Aviation Ministry on Tuesday permitted domestic airlines to function at their full capacity from October 18 onwards.

26 Aug 2021

Jyotiraditya Scindia

Drone Rules 2021: Centre eases rules for usage of drones

The Centre on Thursday passed the Drone Rules 2021 to "liberalize" the norms governing drone usage in India.

26 Aug 2021

Drones

Aviation ministry eases rules to operate drones in India

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has eased the rules regarding drone operations in India by reducing the number of forms that need to be filled to operate them from 25 to five and decreasing the types of fees charged from the operator from 72 to four.

13 Aug 2021

Government of India

Government increases flight capacity; airfare to rise by 12%

The Civil Aviation Ministry has issued an order, allowing domestic airlines to increase flight capacity from 65% to 72.5%.

09 Aug 2021

England

Economy-class Delhi-London flight fares range from Rs. 1.03-1.47L: Aviation Ministry

An economy-class ticket on the Delhi-London flight has been available for between Rs. 1.03 lakh and Rs. 1.47 lakh, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Sunday.

22 Jun 2021

Jet Airways

NCLT approves Jalan-Kalrock consortium's plan for Jet Airways

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Tuesday cleared the resolution plan of Kalrock Capital and entrepreneur Murari Lal Jalan for the revival of the bankrupt Jet Airways.

06 May 2021

Vaccine

Centre issues guidelines to expedite vaccination of aviation personnel

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Thursday issued guidelines to facilitate the vaccination of aviation personal, associated with both government and private entities, in an accelerated manner.

04 May 2021

Vaccine

Vaccinate us on priority or we strike: Air India pilots

The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), the pilots' union of national carrier Air India, has threatened to "stop work" if the airline management fails to vaccinate its flying crew over 18 years of age on a priority basis.

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.

Fliers violating COVID-19 norms could be put on no-fly list

The Civil Aviation Ministry on Saturday said passengers refusing to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and norms like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing could attract action as per law.

26 Feb 2021

India

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.

09 Feb 2021

Drones

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.

02 Jan 2021

Coronavirus

30 India-UK flights to operate per week from January 8

Only 30 flights per week will operate between India and the United Kingdom to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad, when services resume from January 8, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Friday.

22 Dec 2020

India

Students, families stuck in UK as India suspends flights

India's temporary suspension of all flights to and from the United Kingdom has impacted the travel plans of several Indian students who were hoping to travel home during the holiday season.

21 Dec 2020

India

India-UK flights suspended as Britain reports new coronavirus variant

India has decided to temporarily suspend all flights to and from the United Kingdom until December 31, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced on Monday.

30 Oct 2020

Puri

Centre extends cap on domestic airfare till February 24

The lower and upper limits on fares for domestic air travel will remain in place for another three months, till February 24, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.

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