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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 13 July

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 13 July

Etihad to now operate India flights from 15th July

Etihad Airways postponed to 15th July the resumption of a limited number of special flight operations from Abu Dhabi to six Indian gateways. The airline will operate services from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai. “As part of the close strategic partnership between the governments of India and UAE, and with a view to assisting UAE residents who are presently in India to return to UAE, the Civil Aviation Authorities of both countries have agreed to operationalise a special arrangement,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted.

Expect to reach 80% capacity by early next year says IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta   

Restrictions by state governments on travel is hurting traffic, but the underlying demand, especially for charter flights and from Tier II cities encouraging said IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta “The demand shows that we will reach 80 percent of our capacity by early next year. It’s awkward to be optimistic in the middle of a pandemic. But in 18 months, aviation will be back on track.”

IAG Cargo completes 100th cargo-only flight out of India

IAG Cargo has completed its 100th cargo-only flight out of India on 9th July after hitting the same milestone in Hong Kong in June. To maximise capacity, IAG Cargo has been operating cargo-only flights out of the country since May 2020 in response to Covid-19. Beginning with flights out of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Bangalore. IAG Cargo is currently operating daily services out of Mumbai, four weekly services out of Delhi and three weekly services from Bangalore and Hyderabad.

SpiceJet to expand cargo operations

SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh told Telangana Today the carrier is now evaluating converting more aircraft into freighters. It is also adding new international destinations and rapidly expanding its network in Africa and CIS countries. The carrier currently operates five Boeing 737NG’s and 3 DHC8-400 in cargo configuration.

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