Air India would be the first in the world which will operate flights over the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Polar region. Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani flagged off AI 173, the first commercial flight from Delhi to San Francisco via the North Pole, on 15th August (India’s Independence Day). With the new route, the distance between New Delhi and San Francisco has come down from 12,000 km to 8,000 km. The travelling time has also reduced by around 90 minutes.
Air India has resumed its six weekly direct flight schedule to Delhi and Amritsar from Birmingham Airport following reduced frequencies due to closures to Pakistan airspace after strikes by the Indian military.
The aviation ministry has formed a committee to rationalise additional taxes that airlines have to pay while uplifting Air Turbine Fuel (ATF) at airports across India, according to senior government officials. Currently, airlines have to pay charges such as ‘throughput charges’, ‘into aircraft charges’ and ‘fuel infrastructure charges’ when they take ATF at any airport for their aircraft. As per government estimates, if a direct billing mechanism is implemented, airlines would be able to save around Rs 400 crore per year.
IGI Airport First Of Its Kind In India To Get A Fourth Runway
The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has proposed a major expansion plan to increase the annual passenger capacity of IGI airport from current 75 million to 100 million passengers per annum by 2022. Phase 3A of the expansion plan includes construction of a fourth runway, making IGI the first airport in the country to have four runways. In addition to this, the plan also includes an expansion of T1 apron area and development of dual elevated Eastern Cross Taxiway. With a total capital expenditure of Rs 9,800 crores, the project is expected to get over by June 2022.
Singapore Airlines has announced its intention to expand its operation in India. The prestigious carrier will be operating newer and larger aircraft as a result of the expansion, serving the vast Indian population of over 1.3 billion people. As emerging economies such as India continue to develop, more consumers are traveling overseas, ensuring that these markets are increasingly attractive to airlines. And Singapore Airlines is now ready to extend its relationship with India, having begun flying to the nation nearly 50 years ago. India is ranked as the second most significant market in Asia, after the world’s most populous nation China. Singapore Airlines, its regional subsidiary Silk Air, and the budget airline run by the company, Scoot, already service 13 cities across the country
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