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People at the departures terminal at Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, on 31 March 2021 | Representational image | Bloomberg File Photoa

Travel curbs announced from Japan to Spain as Omicron variant spreads

Japan will ban foreigners from Tuesday until more is known. UK has reintroduced mandatory PCR tests & Israel shut borders for inbound foreign nationals for 14 days.
Travellers wearing protective masks wait in line at the drop-off point to enter Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi | Photographer: Arco Dato | Bloomberg

No Covid test for children under 5 as India revises international travel guidelines

Revised guidelines say children under 5 will undergo testing and treatment if found symptomatic for Covid on arrival or during the home quarantine period.
File photo of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi | Representational image| Bloomberg

Centre issues draft guidelines to ensure ease for disabled people during air travel

According to the guidelines, airports must make special arrangements to facilitate the screening of people with special needs, keeping the dignity & privacy of the passenger in mind.
Travelers at IGI airport in New Delhi on 24 August 2021 | Bloomberg Photo

Indians are travelling again, boosting tourism & demand in airline fuel in the country

India proving to be a bright spot for jet fuel demand after Covid delta variant interrupted air travel recovery. This could be fleeting though if vaccination pace doesn't improve.

Domestic flights to be costlier as Centre hikes airfare caps by 9.83-12.82%

According to the civil aviation ministry, the lower limit for domestic flights under 40 minutes has been raised by 11.53% while the upper cap for the same duration by 12.82%.
Aircraft stand at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi | Photographer: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Domestic flights to become costlier from 1 June as govt raises lower limit on fare

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said due to the surge in Covid cases and fall in passenger traffic, the airlines' seat capacity may be lowered from 80 to 50 per cent.

Where in the world can you fly to right now? Take a look

Countries that quickly rolled out Covid vaccines are making rapid progress toward the return of flying, including in Europe, where several nations have started to relax restrictions.
A plane flies over Mumbai slums | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

How India’s airline sector troubles with Covid surge are spilling into global travel market

Carriers in India had reached 87% of their pre-pandemic seat capacity through early April, which has now unraveled domestic flights are pulled back due to rising cases.
Representational image of passengers in a Vistara flight | File photo: ANI

Covid surge hits air travel, so carriers turn to govt for financial help, lower capacity limit

Barely a month after Vistara, SpiceJet, IndiGo began rebuilding after disastrous 2020, new Covid wave has forced 20-50% drop in bookings.
A thermal screening device checks passengers arriving in India from China, in view of the coronavirus outbreak, at Delhi international airport | PTI Photo

Mask pulled down or not on at all? Air travellers could now be put on no-fly list, DGCA warns

A circular by the civil aviation regulator has allowed airlines to follow protocol meant for 'unruly' passengers in case travellers fail to comply with Covid-appropriate measures.
Farmers sort their onion crop | Representational image: ANI

India can’t afford a hurried resolution on MSP demand. It can cause chaos, long-term damage

A guaranteed MSP can be a procurement scheme, a price deficiency payment option, or a combination of both. What could be the implications for govt and the market?
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.