India – Philippines amend Air Services Agreement, quadruple entitlement

India and Philippines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12th July 2018 to revise the Air Services Agreement (ASA) and increase the frequency entitlement from the current seven frequencies per week to take it to 28. While India was represented by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) represented Philippines. The … Continue reading India – Philippines amend Air Services Agreement, quadruple entitlement

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Carrying extra bag or baggage? You could end up paying more than the air fare on some sectors!

The Jet Airways group recorded an average fare of INR 7080 in last financial year. This includes its Domestic as well as International operations. While Jet Airways has near equal division of revenue for Domestic and International, Spicejet which has far lesser International exposure reported average fare of INR 3670. But come second half of … Continue reading Carrying extra bag or baggage? You could end up paying more than the air fare on some sectors!

India – Australia sign open skies agreement

India and Australia signed a revised Air Services Agreement (ASA) last week to liberalize travel between the two countries. The new arrangement gives unlimited access to Australian carriers to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. Indian carriers will have unlimited access to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide airports in Australia and can nominate one … Continue reading India – Australia sign open skies agreement

Indian domestic passenger traffic crosses 100 million mark in 2017

"Growth is assured but another 20%+ year will be a miracle & dream". This was the last line of the blog last year and what better way to start this one with the same since that has come true. Indian aviation market grew by 17.3% in 2017 with airlines carrying 117.17 million passengers. These numbers … Continue reading Indian domestic passenger traffic crosses 100 million mark in 2017

Airline fleet in India likely to expand by 181% by 2024, where is the infrastructure?

Last week, the Hon. Minister of Civil Aviation tabled before the parliament, proposed Fleet expansion of Airlines in India. The plan submitted by airlines looks as below Air India: Will induct 3 B777-300ER and 16 A320 aircraft between December 2017 and March 2019. AirAsia India: Will induct 60 aircraft in the next 5 years. Go Air: … Continue reading Airline fleet in India likely to expand by 181% by 2024, where is the infrastructure?

It’s raining flights to Bangkok

2017 has seen unprecedented increase in flights between India & Bangkok. While airlines from many other countries have increased flights to India, the case of Bangkok is unique as Indian carriers are launching additional flights and connecting tier II cities. The first three quarters of the calendar year has seen the traffic grow 17% between … Continue reading It’s raining flights to Bangkok

India needs a better On-Time Performance monitoring system

The year 2017 has been turbulent for airlines in India on the On Time Performance (OTP) front. Early this year, two staffers of Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) were suspended for alleged fudging of data. While news reports indicated the regulator setting up a committee, neither did we see the report nor did we hear about … Continue reading India needs a better On-Time Performance monitoring system

A year away from IATA Resolution 753 – Changing the way baggage is handled

We are a year away from the IATA Resolution 753 coming into effect. The resolution was agreed in 2016 and becomes effective June 2018, requiring each IATA member airline to track every piece of baggage from the start of the journey all the way through to its finish, including at transfer points. Global IT major … Continue reading A year away from IATA Resolution 753 – Changing the way baggage is handled