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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 28 February

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 28 February

India and Thailand are all set get flights under air bubble arrangement

Thai Airways has announced that flights will soon resume between the two countries under the air bubble arrangement. The national carrier of Thailand has shared this news with stakeholders in India, saying that Bangkok will have flights to Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Mumbai, commencing 1st March. The flights are however subject to approval from the Indian government. A Thai Airways statement said , “We are pleased to advise that with effective March 1, 2022, Thai Airways flights will commence between India and Thailand under Air Travel Bubble. The schedule of flights and fares is updated in all the GDS.”

IndiGo partners with MakeMyTrip for holiday offerings

IndiGo announced it has partnered with online travel services firm MakeMyTrip for its holiday offerings for both domestic and international travellers. Under the collaboration, IndiGo passengers will be offered a wide choice of airline and hotel packages to various segments of travellers ranging from leisure, pilgrimage, adventure and business, IndiGo said in a statement. IndiGo said it will use its extensive flights inventory across the network in conjunction with MakeMyTrip’s vast inventory of hotels and activities, to offer holiday packages under 6E Holidays.

IndiGo takes a giant leap with NAVBLUE selecting its most advanced navigation technology

IndiGo, has chosen NAVBLUE to upgrade some of its latest A320 aircraft to the most advanced navigation technology, RNP AR (Required Navigation Performance with Authorization Required). With Airbus’s RNP AR Upgrade, IndiGo pilots will be able to navigate mountainous areas or other challenging airspaces with precision and predictability. IndiGo CEO Mr. Ronojoy Dutta, stated “We are pleased to partner with NAVBLUE to upgrade our latest A320 aircraft with the most advanced navigation technology. We have full confidence in NAVBLUE’s expertise which will help our pilots navigate safely through challenging terrains like curvy or hilly areas during the takeoff or landing. We believe this will enhance operational safety of the aircraft while also improving efficiency in the long run.”

IndiGo to start flights between Kadapa & five cities from 27th March

IndiGo announced it will start flights connecting Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh to five cities in southern India efffective from 27th March. The airline will commence new exclusive flights between Kadapa-Chennai, Kadapa-Vijayawada, Kadapa-Bangalore, Kadapa-Vishakhapatnam, and new flights between Kadapa-Hyderabad, with Kadapa becoming the 73rd city on its route network.

Investments worth Rs 2.3 Trillion expected for new greenfield airports in India by 2030: Praxis Report

Greenfield airports are slated to witness significant growth in the Indian airport infrastructure market through 2030 with the investment opportunity of Rs 2.3T(trillion) between FY2023- 30 and about 150,000 acres of land for development, according to a recent report by Praxis Global Alliance, a global management consulting and advisory services firm. With the growing demand for airports, India needs an average additional 34 airports by 2025, and about 125 airports by 2030 to meet the 350-400(million) additional passengers demand forecasted by 2030.

Standard Chartered, IATA tie up payment platform for airline industry

Global banking group Standard Chartered has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to launch a payment platform for airline industry in India. In addition to existing payment options such as credit cards, IATA Pay will be a new payment option that enables participating airlines to offer instant payment options such as UPI Scan and Pay and UPI Collect (Request to Pay), announced Standard Chartered said in a statement.
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