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14 Nov 2022

India Aviation Industry Newsletter

Airports Authority of India (AAI) reorients its licensing procedures for airport commercial facilities.

The biggest airport operator in India, Airports Authority of India (AAI), has shifted its emphasis to taking use of business opportunities at its airports to improve both non-aeronautical revenue and passenger experience. AAI recently changed the way that it grants licenses to run commercial operations at its airports, including food and beverage, retail, advertising rights, duty-free shops, etc. The AAI policy has been loosened and opened up to encourage more business owners to run these facilities at AAI-operated airports in an effort to make doing business easier. Its goal to make airports profitable from the start requires the effective utilization of non-aeronautical revenue.

Alliance Air to connect Mumbai and Sindhudurg

Alliance Air has commenced daily direct flight operations connecting Mumbai to Sindhudurg using ATR72-600 aircraft, under the RCS Udan Scheme of Government of India.

Air India leases Six Airbus A320neos from CDB Aviation

A fleet of six Airbus A320neo aircraft will be leased by CDB Aviation to Air India, the company said on the sidelines of the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Asia Pacific 2022 conference. Nipun Aggarwal, Chief Commercial Officer of Air India, stated, "This is a crucial agreement that will enable us to strengthen our fleet with cutting-edge aircraft. This will improve our connection, particularly on short- and medium-haul routes, and is an essential step in the direction of our transition.

IndiGo enhances connectivity in the northeast by adding Itanagar (Hollongi) as its 75th domestic destination.

IndiGo announced Hollongi, Itanagar as its 75th domestic and 101 st overall destination in the 6E network. The airline will commence flights between Mumbai-Kolkata-Hollongi effective 28 November from Donyi Polo Airport in Itanagar (Hollongi). It also announced a second weekly frequency between Kolkata and Hollongi commencing on 3 December. IndiGo Chief Strategy and Revenue Office, Mr Sanjay Kumar, said “We are pleased to announce Itanagar (Hollongi), as the 75th destination on the 6E network. This will be IndiGo’s first destination in Arunachal Pradesh. Over the last few years IndiGo has focused on increasing accessibility in the northeast and now connects seven out of eight states in the region. The direct flights between Kolkata-Hollongi, will connect Arunachal Pradesh to the rest of the country and international destinations on the 6E network.”

PM Modi opens Bengaluru's Terminal 2 of Kempegowda International Airport

On November 11, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, opened Terminal 2 at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport. The airport authorities briefed the prime minister on the model of the Terminal 2 construction during his interactions with them. From the current capacity of roughly 2.5 crores, the terminal will increase the airport's ability to handle 5–6 crore passengers annually. The passenger experience at Terminal 2 is envisioned to be like taking a "walk in the garden," paying homage to Bengaluru's Garden City.The Prime Minister tweeted “Terminal 2 of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru will add capacity and further convenience. It is a part of our efforts aimed at providing top class infrastructure to our urban centres. The Terminal is beautiful and passenger friendly! Glad to have inaugurated it.”

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