Friday, 7 October, 2022

Topic: Airlines

India is splurging big time on airlines, roads & railways. Let’s just hope it all pays off

No Indian airline makes money, railways' passenger traffic is stagnant, and roads have a revenue imbalance problem. At some point, traffic growth will have to justify the investment.

Airlines struggle with labour crunch as travel resumes full throttle post lifting of Covid curbs

From Sydney, where passengers are waiting for hours to check in, to chaotic scenes in India & Europe, aviation industry doesn’t have nearly enough people to run operations smoothly.

Why airline passengers’ safety is at ‘risk’ when 5G towers are placed around airports

At least 25 flights operated by Boeing 777 jets to the US were cancelled after the rollout of 5G services was announced. Alarm bells have been sounded in India too.

Solid waste could play an important role in fueling airlines

Bio-waste is the next fuel for the global air transport industry if it wants to achieve net-zero emissions as promised in October 2021.

UK moves India from ‘red’ to ‘amber’ list, lifts institutional quarantine for travellers

The decision to exempt vaccinated travellers from mandatory hotel quarantine has come as a relief for the Indian diaspora in the UK, who had been demanding the easing of travel norms.

Airlines add flights out of India to bring home residents, citizens amid Covid crisis

Air India Ltd. plans to increase its weekly frequency of flights to the US to 32 starting 11 May, up from the current 29. That compares with about 33 weekly flights before Covid.

China’s state-run airline suspends flights to India carrying Covid supplies for 15 days

Sichuan Airlines said it has decided to suspend the flights due to sudden changes in the epidemic situation in India and to reduce the number of imported cases.

Delhi govt files FIR against 4 airlines for failing to check Covid reports of Maharashtra flyers

The government has also registered FIRs against two private hospitals in the city for providing ‘false’ information about availability of beds there on an official app.

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.

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Jaishankar to embark on his 1st visit to New Zealand from Oct 5

G20 has 5 daunting challenges and India’s presidency can turn this crisis into opportunity

India should highlight its leadership in low-cost vaccine tech, effective health immunisation delivery, generic pharmaceutical manufacturing, and solar energy.
Falguni Nayar, Nykaa's founder & CEO, and Sima Ganwani Ved, Apparel Group's founder & chairwoman, pose for a picture during a strategic alliance announcement in Mumbai, on 6 October 2022 | Reuters

Nykaa forge ties with Dubai’s Apparel Group to expand business in Gulf countries

Falguni Nayar, the online retailer founder and CEO, said the two companies would together build a multi-brand beauty retail business with Nykaa holding a 55% stake of the entity.


Rescue operation underway after an army aviation Cheetah helicopter flying in the forward area near Tawang crashed during a routine sortie Wednesday | ANI

Multiple military & civilian chopper crashes in past years highlight a disturbing trend for India

An Indian Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter crashed Wednesday. Several such crashes over past few yrs have jolted the military. Non-military sphere, too, has encountered many crashes.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.