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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 31 August

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 31 August

Air India has been an asset, but government should not operate airlines, airports, says Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Sunday (August 30) that Air India has been an asset but added that it is not government’s responsibility to run airports and airlines. Puri expressed hope that the privatization process of Air India would get complete within 2020. The date for intimation to qualified interested bidders (QIB) has been extended till November 20, the DIPAM said in the corrigendum posted on its website.

Domestic Flights: Bulk of Civil Aviation Traffic Will be Back by Diwali, Says Hardeep Singh Puri

Giving hope to the airline industry Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on said that the bulk of pre-COVID-19 domestic air passenger traffic is likely to be back by Diwali this year. To open up more international flights, Puri said that India is negotiating with 13 countries, including Australia, Japan and Singapore, to establish separate bilateral air bubble arrangements for international flight operations.

HAL’s Dornier is all set to get new wings, Flybig wings

Indian stat-up carrier Flybg is planning to commence operations in October under UDAN using a fleet of ATR72-500s and HAL built Dornier 228s upgraded aircraft having signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) supporting the Make in India initiative.

India allows airlines to serve meals on board, in-flight entertainment permitted

As per the new SOP for domestic flights, airlines can now serve pre-packed meals, snacks, and beverages as per the policy of the airline depending on the flight time. In the case of international flights, airlines may serve hot meals with limited beverages as per the standard practices. The government has also allowed in-flight entertainment on domestic and international flights as per the existing regulations. In addition, the government has asked airlines to ensure that the tray set-up, plates, cutlery are completely disposable with no re-use.

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