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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Jet, Air Deccan, JetLite likely to fly Dubai soon

Currently, only Air India operates between India and Dubai.

New Delhi, May 18 The proposal of Jet Airways, JetLite and Air Deccan to operate flights to Dubai is likely to get the official nod soon.

Official sources told Business Line that with an increase in the number of seats on offer between India and Dubai, the requests of all the airlines for rights to operate are likely to be cleared.

Bilateral rights between the two countries were recently exchanged in sufficient numbers, paving the way for all the private airlines seeking to operate on this route.

Currently, only Air India operates between India and Dubai.

The airlines are likely to be permitted to fly to Dubai as per the schedules they had filed.

Hence, some flights will start almost immediately while others will follow during the winter schedule this October, followed by increase in frequency during the summer schedule in March next year.
Await final nod

The final clearance is pending with the “highest competent” authority, sources added.

It is only after the Ministry of Civil Aviation gives the final clearance that the airlines would be allowed to operate.

The airlines will, however, have to meet the operational requirements laid down by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) before receiving clearance to fly to Dubai.

Flight plans

While Jet Airways has sought permission to operate 56 weekly services including a daily service from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai by July this year, it also sought permission to increase the frequency of the Mumbai flight to two times a day daily from October next year.

It also plans to start a daily flight from Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Bangalore from October next year.

The low-cost airline Air Deccan, which plans to operate 70 weekly flights to Dubai, has sought permission to launch a twice-a-day flight from Mumbai from summer this year.

In addition, it plans a daily service from Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi.

The airline also plans a daily flight from Chennai, Goa, Mangalore and Pune during the winter schedule 2008.

JetLite has sought permission to operate 28 weekly flightsfrom Jaipur, Amritsar, Hyderabad and Nagpur.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pilot unaware of new airport, flies across India

A KLM flight headed for Hyderabad in India's south skipped its destination and flew across India because the pilot was unaware the city had a brand-new airport, a report said today.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Two Indian airlines announce merger to cut costs

India's biggest discount carrier, Deccan, will merge with liquor baron Vijay Mallya's upmarket Kingfisher Airlines to create the nation's biggest domestic airline, officials said.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

India's airlines raise fuel surcharge on tickets

India's Jet Airways Ltd Kingfisher Airlines said they were raising fuel surcharge for the seventh time in 12 months by 300 rupees ($7.6) per domestic ticket to offset higher jet fuel prices.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Finnair plans fastest air link between India-US

Finnish carrier Finnair, which operates services to Helsinki from here and Mumbai, plans to offer the fastest link from India to the US - a route where it sees demand growing.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Malaysia Airlines to increase Chennai, Bangalore flights

Anticipating higher tourist influx from India during the coming holiday season, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has decided to increase its flight frequencies to Chennai and Bangalore.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Continental Airlines eyes more flights to Asia

Continental Airlines will add more destinations in India and China, tapping their booming economies to boost the carrier's international revenues, a top company official said on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Gulf airlines keen to expand in India

India is fast becoming the favoured destination for international airlines especially from the Gulf who are lobbying hard for increasing frequency to various Indian cities and towns.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Jet can fly to Gulf from Jan; fares set to fall

New Delhi: Flyers on the Indo-Gulf sector could not have asked for a better bargain. In a move that is likely to spark off a fare war and benefit passengers, the government has decided to allow Jet Airways to operate flights to various destinations in the region, including Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Three new airlines to take off in south India

Despite the consolidation mood in the airline industry, three new airlines - all looking at regional connectivity in the South - are set for take off. The ministry of civil aviation is likely to grant permission to Air Dravida, Star Aviation and Emric Air to fly as regional airlines.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

China, India airports struggle to meet air travel boom

China and India's air infrastructure is creaking under the soaring demand for air travel and huge investment is needed to satisfy the boom, officials said Tuesday.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Air travel in India lower than SL, Pak

The aviation sector may be witnessing an unprecedented boom in the country but an Assocham-Ernst and Young joint study suggests that India is one of the "least penetrated" markets for air travel.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Smaller airlines rework plans to remain in race

The new private sector airport operators in Delhi and Mumbai have said they will not be able to accommodate smaller aircraft, forcing regional airlines to rework their business strategies.


Thursday, August 09, 2007

Airlines scramble for a piece of the Indo-US air space

With both state-run Air India and private carrier Jet Airways starting their operations to US and many more flights in the offing, the Indo-US air space is all set for a battle royale between the Indian, American and European carriers.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Kingfisher, Continental Airlines ink pact

Continental Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines on Thursday announced that they had entered into a comprehensive partnership for frequent flyer and airport lounge access reciprocity and future code-sharing, providing better service to customers who travel between India and the United States.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Airbus woos India with superjumbo

An Airbus 380 superjumbo has touched down for the first time in India.

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