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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 26 August

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 26 August

Bengaluru Airport metro now closer to taking off

The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board has issued a preliminary notification regarding the acquisition of 93 properties for five Metro stations on the 36-km KR Puram-Kempegowda International Airport Metro line. The notice issued in the gazette on August 20 pertains to Kodigehalli, Jakkur Cross, Yelahanka, Bagalur/PRR Cross and Trumpet Junction Metro stations on this Rs10,584-crore Metro 2B Line.

Etihad Airways celebrates 15 years in India

Etihad Airways is preparing to celebrate 15 years of service to its largest and busiest market, India. The airline’s milestone coincides with the third visit to the UAE of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, highlighting the importance of the partnership between the two countries. Etihad operates 159 return flights per week between Abu Dhabi and 10 key Indian gateways – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and thiruvananthapuram. Since launching operations to the sub-continent, Etihad has carried more than 16.5 million passengers on its Indian routes. Etihad Airways Group CEO Tony Douglas said: “India and the United Arab Emirates share a long and strong economic, cultural and diplomatic relationship, and Etihad Airways connects these nations to each other, and beyond. We serve more destinations in India than any other country in our network, and connect India to the world via Abu Dhabi. Globally, we employ more than 4,800 Indian nationals, almost 25 per cent of our workforce. We contribute strongly to both economies, and last year spent US $151 million with 480 companies in India. Our commitment is significant, and will continue to grow.”

GoAir the most reliable airline for 11th time in a row

GoAir has created a record of sorts by emerging as the most reliable airline, yet again. GoAir has achieved the highest On-Time-Performance (OTP) amongst the scheduled domestic carriers for the 11th consecutive month in July 2019.  As per the data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), GoAir posted 80.5% OTP, the highest among scheduled domestic airlines. Mr. Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir, said: “DGCA’s top ranking in OTP for 11 months is the highest recognition for GoAir. It is a proud moment indeed for each and every GoAir employee who has burnt the midnight oils to make this happen. They don’t take punctuality as a duty, rather it runs in their veins as a passion. GoAir is pleased to offer a reliable travel service wherein we assure travelers to get them to their destination in a timely manner. Thank you dear customer – let me reassure you that GoAir will continue to invest in operational excellence.”

IndiGo largest Indian carrier for international, domestic travel: CAPA

IndiGo’s dominance of the Indian skies is now complete. While it has long been the largest domestic player, the low-cost carrier is now the biggest in terms of flying people in and out of India too. According to CAPA Centre for aviation, “IndiGo has now overtaken Air India to become the largest single international airline operating to/from India in terms of seats deployed, accounting for 11.7% of total capacity. IndiGo is now the leader in both the domestic & international markets in India.”

IndiGo to restart daily non-stop flights on Delhi-Singapore route from September 12

IndiGo announced that it will restart daily non-stop flights on the Delhi-Singapore route from 12th September. Separately the carrier will also add a second flight frequency on the Delhi-Doha route from 16th September. William Boulter, the chief commercial officer at IndiGo, said “We are committed to strengthening our international operations from Delhi to important destinations in Asia. As part of this expansion, we are introducing new flight services between Delhi-Singapore and second frequency on Delhi-Doha route.”

Vistara starts daily international flights to Dubai from Mumbai

Vistara Airlines inaugurated its daily flights between Mumbai and Dubai. The United Arab Emirates has become Vistara’s second international destination after Singapore. Vistara Airlines CEO Leslie Thng said “With a great product and unmatched Indian hospitality, we bring something unique to the India-UAE route and are confident that travellers will enjoy flying the ‘new feeling’ with Vistara.”

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