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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 21 August

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 21 August

Bengaluru, India to launch helicopter shuttle service

Bangalore International Airport has announced that Thumby Aviation will launch a helicopter shuttle service from the airport to parts of the city, pending regulatory approval. Speaking at a press conference, the State Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri. Jayant Sinha, said that “this HeliTaxi service will ensure quick, seamless transfers to and from airports, at a cost similar to a luxury taxi fare.” Thumby is expected to initially operate the service with two helicopters ,a Bell 412 and a Bell 407.

Indian carriers carry 12.43% more passengers in July

The Indian airlines flew 12.43% more passengers during the month of July, proving airline body International Airline Transport Association (IATA) wrong that had predicted the Indian aviation market’s double-digit growth to end with June. During the month of July, which is traditionally a lean month for airlines in India, Indian carriers together carried about 9.6 million passengers, registering about 12.43% growth over 8.5 million passengers carried during the same month last year

India may increase Dubai seat entitlements by 6,000 seats a week

India and Dubai are likely to finalise an agreement to increase the seat entitlement by 6,000 seats a week. However, the outcome of the talks depends on Indian carriers agreeing to hold talks without any commitment of getting preferred slots at Dubai’s main airport. The talks have resumed as Indian carriers have fully utilised the current capacity entitlements. Of the current entitlement, 66,504 seats on the sector designated airlines of both India and Dubai are utilising capacity to the full extent.

India to get its first aviation university

India is all set to welcome its first aviation university at Fursatganj in Uttar Pradesh, in the district of Rae Bareli to be inaugurated on August 18 to encourage the growth in the country’s aviation sector and empower and train the human resources involved in the same. The central university was planned as an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation with an aim to facilitate and promote aviation studies, teaching, training and research.

Jet fuel a winner as India’s love affair with flying intensifies

Jet fuel has been witnessing the sharpest growth among all oil products in India so far this year, with a double-digit growth in the January-July period, as the aviation sector expands capacity to keep up with the steep growth in demand for air travel in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets. India’s oil products demand – January to July 2017. A more affluent middle-class, intense competition among low-cost airlines, and robust economic growth — all these factors are contributing to an exponential growth in air travel in the country.

Rajasthan now has air connectivity from Jaipur to Kota and 4. other cities

It is good news for travellers to Rajasthan. The state now has air connectivity from Jaipur to four cities with Kota added on Friday. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje flagged off an aircraft of Supreme Airlines from Kota, the hub of coaching centres for professional courses. The 45 minute flight in a nine seater plane costs Rs 2499 and would be available on all days except Sunday. The state is also planning a link from Kota to Indore.

Sweden bets on Air India’s non-stop New Delhi-Stockholm flight

Sweden is betting big on Air India’s first direct non-stop flight between New Delhi and Stockholm to boost the inflow of tourists, job seekers and investors in the Scandinavian country. “The direct flight between the two countries as well Ikea’s foray into Indian market will give a significant push to tourism and build up more investor interest in Sweden,” Michael Persson Gripkow, brand director of Visit Sweden, a national tourist board, told ET.

TruJet to expand fleet, increase number of flights

TruJet, which has bagged 18 routes under the Centre UDAN scheme, aims to raise its fleet size to up to eight aircraft by March 2018 besides increasing the number of flights to nearly 50 per day by this year end, a top company official said.

Trujet to operate in 18 routes under Centre’s UDAN scheme

The government’s initiative of making air transport services available to un-served or under-served airports through the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) will be the real catalyst making the nation the third largest aviation market globally by 2020 and the largest by 2030. The one and the only airline company based in Hyderabad, Turbo Megha Airways that operates the air carrier Trujet, has foreseen the need gap in regional connectivity long back and had been catering to several un-served markets since its inception.

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