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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.
Representational image | A woman traveller outside the gates of the IGI airport in Delhi | Suraj Bisht | ThePrint

How quarantines after international air travel are getting longer and lonelier

With questions hanging over the efficacy of vaccines on mutated strains, this new front in the public-health battle is damping hopes of a swift rebound in international air travel.
Representational image of passenger air flights | Commons

Govt announces hike in fare of domestic flights by up to 30%, removes fixed cap

The upper price band on 180-210 minute flights will be increased by about 30% to Rs 24,200. Whereas, the shortest route for the minimum price band will be increased by Rs 200.
Representational image | A woman traveller outside the gates of the IGI airport in Delhi | Suraj Bisht | ThePrint

How to think about travelling now that Covid vaccines are out

Here’s what you’ll need to know about travel safety in the months ahead, whether you’ve already gotten your shot or are looking for normalcy somewhere on the horizon.
File photo of aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi | Photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Suspension of international flights extended till 31 January, says DGCA

The suspension of scheduled flights has been in place since 23 March. However, India has signed air bubble pacts with 24 countries which allows special flights to operate.
Passengers, wearing protective face masks, walk through the international arrivals hall after arriving at Heathrow Airport in London

Ban on UK flights a reminder why aviation industry remains vulnerable to setbacks

2020 has been a miserable year for aviation. And it’s ending much as it began, with a surge in virus cases and stringent lockdowns, which have slowed international travel to a trickle.

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It’s time now to think of kids first, whatever the virus has in store

So far in the pandemic, children suffered disproportionately to protect the elderly. But now we adults must return the favour so that kids can resume their learning and socialising.
Customers stop near children's furniture on display in the self-service furniture area of the Ikea store in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India’s services sector stuck in contraction for third straight month in July

The seasonally adjusted India Services Business Activity Index rose from 41.2 in June to 45.4 in July but was stuck in contraction due to subdued demand conditions amid Covid crisis.

Defence

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant begins sea trial, Navy says ‘historic’ day

The 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier is the largest and most complex warship built in the country. Vikrant is expected to be commissioned into Indian Navy in 2022.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.