09 Nov 2020
India Aviation Industry Newsletter 9 November
Airports Authority signs MoU with NTPC to set up solar power plants at airports
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an NTPC subsidiary to promote usage of electric vehicles and set up solar power plants at its airports. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a subsidiary of NTPC, will be provided adequate land and rooftop space free of cost at identified AAI airports to set up solar power plants.
Airlines can operate at 70-75% of pre-Covid levels, clarifies government
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) announced that the cap on the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate would be increased to 70-75 percent of their pre-Covid levels as passenger traffic surges. In a statement it said “ 'MOCA is monitoring traffic every day, and it is expected that the traffic would further pick up because of the festival season. As passenger traffic increases, the upper cap would be revised to 70-75 percent of the normal capacity in coming days.”
BOC Aviation Delivers First Of Four Airbus A321neo Aircraft To IndiGo
BOC Aviation announced that it has delivered the first of four new Airbus A321NEO aircraft for lease to IndiGo. The aircraft will be powered by CFM Leap engines. Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer BOC Aviation said “We are very pleased to deliver the first of four new Airbus A321NEO aircraft on lease to IndiGo, India’s largest passenger airline, and we’re pleased to have an opportunity to build on our relationship with IndiGo.”
Indian Government extends fare capping for domestic flights till 24 February 2021
Aviation Ministry said that the fare cap on domestic flights will continue until 24 February 2021. the ministry said in its statement "The fare bands within which the airlines have to operate have been extended upto 24th February, 2021 by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. These fare bands came into force with effect from 21st May, 2020."
SpiceJet to start flights connecting Nashik with Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad
SpiceJet announced that it would launch flights connecting Nashik in Maharashtra with Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad from this month. Flights on the Hyderabad-Nashik and Bengaluru-Nashik sectors will commence from November 20, while flights on the Delhi-Nashik sector will begin from 25 November. The SpiceJet flights on the Hyderabad-Nashik sector come under the regional connectivity scheme.
Vistara to operate Delhi-Doha flights from 19 November
Vistara will operate special, non-stop flights between Delhi and Doha from 19 November operating twice weekly using Airbus A320neo aircraft as part of the bilateral 'transport bubble' agreement between India and Qatar. Vistara CEO Leslie Thng said “We are pleased to strengthen our presence in the Middle East by adding another global city to our steadily growing network, albeit for special flights under the 'transport bubble.”
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