Archive for August 5th, 2006

Air Deccan to withdraw flights from some sectors

August 5, 2006

Low-cost carrier Air Deccan today announced special fares starting from Re one as part of its third anniversary celebrations.

The fares would be applicable for travel on select days on select sectors, a statement from the airline said, adding that the tickets would be available from the second fortnight of this month.

The company is also planning to withdraw flights from some sectors such as Delhi-Kanpur, Lucknow-Kanpur and Mumbai- Nasik due to unfeasibility of operations, it said.

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Yatra appoints Tribal DDB to develop travel domain

August 5, 2006

Yatra Online Pvt Ltd, a Reliance Capital, TV 18 and Norwest Venture Partners-funded travel portal, has appointed Tribal DDB India, the interactive arm of Mudra, as its Digital Agency on Record for all its Internet-related creative and media activities.

Yatra.com aims to be the largest one-stop shop for all travel related needs of a consumer. Mr Dhruv Shringi, Co Founder & Executive of Yatra.com, said.

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Jet, Sahara, Indian raise fuel surcharge

August 5, 2006

Jet Airways, Air Sahara and Indian announced on Friday that the fuel surcharge for domestic travel in both business and economy class was being revised upwards by Rs 150.

The increased fuel surcharge comes into effect from August 8. A passenger would now have to pay a fuel surcharge of Rs 650 on all tickets purchased within and outside the country.

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New airlines capture 31 pc market share in Q1

August 5, 2006

New entrants in the domestic skies such as Air Deccan, SpiceJet, GoAir, Kingfisher and Paramount have together garnered a market share of more than 31 per cent during the first quarter of this year.

The biggest beneficiary has been the Bangalore-based Air Deccan whose market share has more than doubled to 15.2 per cent,up from 7 per cent during the same period in the previous year.

The latest data released by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) shows that Kingfisher and SpiceJet captured a market share of 8.3 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.

The Coimbatore-based Paramount Airways reported a market share of 0.3 per cent while GoAir promoted by Mr Jeh Wadia had a market share of 1.6 per cent. These four airlines took to the skies after the first quarter of last year.

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Floods force closure of Vizag airport

August 5, 2006

The Visakhapatnam airport has been flooded due to heavy, cyclonic rains caused by depression in the Bay of Bengal during the past two days. Flights have been suspended since Thursday.

It is not known when the airport will be cleared and when flights would resume operations. Last year too, during the rainy season, the airport was flooded for long periods affecting flights operations.

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Bangalore, Hyderabad compete over airports

August 5, 2006

Bangalore and Hyderabad’s rivalry in the IT space is well chronicled. Both cities are once again competing to finish two of the most modern airports in the country and the target is the first quarter of 2008.

The 4,260 m long runway at the new international airport in Hyderabad is perhaps an indication that the city is indeed looking ahead. The runway will be the longest at any airport in the country.

Thirty five per cent of the work at the airport is complete and on course for the first flight to land here, 20 months from now.

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Private airlines owe dues to AAI

August 5, 2006

Airports Authority of India`s (AAI) revenue earnings at Delhi and Mumbai aiports in the current year stands as Rs. 6.73 billion and Rs. 6.65 billion respectively as against Rs. 5.69 billion and Rs. 5.86 billion last year.

The authority also has some dues outstanding to it  from certain private airlines at Delhi and Mumbai airports in which Jet Airways, Sahara Airlines and Air Deccan top the list, stated the minister for civil aviation, Praful patel in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

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Jet Airways to hike fuel surcharge by Rs 150

August 5, 2006

Jet Airways today said it was revising fuel surcharge by Rs 150 from August 8. The surcharge will be applicable on all types of fares in both Club Premiere and Economy Class tickets on all domestic routes in India.

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US slaps ‘WMD’ sanctions on firms

August 5, 2006

The US state department has imposed sanctions on arms firms from Russia, North Korea, India and Cuba for allegedly supplying equipment to Iran. It said they had broken US laws banning the sale to Tehran of equipment capable of helping the development of weapons of mass destruction.

The two Indian companies are Balaji Amines Ltd and Prachi Poly Products Ltd, both chemical manufacturers.

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