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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 4 December

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 4 December

Air Connectivity To All Districts In Rajasthan On The Cards, State Plans ‘Palace On Wings’ Service To Connect Heritage Sites

The Government of Rajasthan is planning air-based connectivity to all districts in the state, a senior official said. While the centre is pushing ahead with the ambitious regional air connectivity scheme – Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) – the Rajasthan government’s intra-state air services initiative has been operational for little over a year. Along with this, the state government plans to start aviation services that will connect heritage properties, forts and palaces by under the brand ‘Palace On Wings’, said Rajasthan Director of Civil Aviation Captain Keshri Singh. Singh said that the government plans to connect all districts with air services under UDAN or using regular commercial services.

Air India Express gets CAT-III-B certification

Air India Express has secured the Category III-B certification from regulator DGCA, which allows it to operate in dense foggy conditions. Air India Express flights can now land and takeoff in low visibility conditions even up to an RVR (runway visual range) as low as up to 50 meters. The airline is now 100 per cent CAT III B certified and all its pilots have also completed the low visibility training, required for carrying out operations in foggy conditions.

AirAsia India expects revenue to double this year, triple in 2018

Budget carrier AirAsia India expects revenue to double to 12 billion Indian rupees ($186 million) this calendar year, and triple to 18 billion rupees in 2018 The airline, a tie-up between Malaysia’s AirAsia Bhd and India’s Tata Sons conglomerate, made revenue of 6 billion rupees in 2016, Chief Executive Amar Abrol told reporters at an industry conference in Dubai. AirAsia India’s fleet will increase to 21 Airbus A320 jets by the end of next year, up from 13 in service today.

Bhutan Airlines to expand operations in India in 2018

Bhutan Airlines said it will introduce two additional flights on the Paro-Kolkata-Paro sector from March 15 to May 15 and September 15 to November 30, 2018. CEO Dhala Dorji said during the same period, the airline would operate two direct flights per week from Paro to Bangkok and five flights per week from Paro to Bangkok via Kolkata and add new flights to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad during the same period of peak season next year as per demand, Dorji said.

GuestHouser announces strategic alliance with Indigo airlines

GuestHouser a network of holiday homes announced its partnership with Indigo. The tie-up makes GuestHouser the exclusive supplier of holiday homes on Indigo. As Indigo continues to expand its operations in tier II and III cities of India; its travelers will now be able to choose and book accommodation from GuestHouser’s inventory of over 135,000 holiday homes across 2,200 destinations in India. The association will enable travelers to plan vacations or holidays in all parts of India by booking flights and holiday homes together.

‘India’s air traffic growth to be at 8-10% over next 2 years’

The annual air traffic growth in India is expected to moderate to 8-10 per cent over the next two years, rating agency Moody’s Investors Service said in an research report. Moody’s said that major airports in India have been registering a strong rise in passenger traffic — which has recorded two years of 20 per cent plus growth. “The two years of growth in domestic air traffic has made India the third largest domestic aviation market after the US and China,” said Abhishek ..

India and Greece sign Air Services Agreement

India’s Government confirmed Greece’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias and India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj signed an Air Services Agreement to facilitate the launch of the first direct air service between the countries. The air services agreement will allow Indian airlines to operate to Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion while Greek airlines will be able to launch services to major Indian cities. At present there is no direct air connectivity between India and Greece. The Ministers also held discussions on various aspects of bilateral ties including a focus on building closer cooperation in the areas of tourism.

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