Thursday, July 30, 2015

AirAsia India and Air Costa ties up with SITA

World’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology SITA would provide its aircraft communications and flight tracking technology to domestic carriers AirAsia India and Air Costa.
Under the tie-up, announced here today, the deployment of the two technologies would help these airlines track flights in real time throughout their entire route network and streamline operations.
“Aviation industry in India has indeed witnessed a transformation over the last decade and SITA is focused on improving air navigation efficiency and safety by delivering real-time flight tracking to enable airlines to meet the industry requirements,” SITA vice president for India and sub-continent Maneesh Jaikrishna said in a release.
Aircraft tracking is a mandatory requirement for all domestic carriers.
Besides, the two airlines would also deploy SITA’s other solutions such as AIRCOM Server Online and AIRCOM Datalink Services, which interface with the airlines’ operations, crew management flight planning and maintenance software.
29/07/15 PTI/Express Computer

India: Private carriers in financial stress, asked to take corrective steps: Minister

New Delhi: Private domestic carriers are in varying degree of financial stress and have been told to take corrective measures to strengthen their balance sheet without compromising the safety of operations, Indian Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma informed Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Minister was responding to a question on the financial health of the airlines and the measures taken to mitigate the problems.

An assessment of impact of financial stress on safety of operations of private scheduled airlines has been carried out by the aviation regulator DGCA last year, he said.

“It has been found that all private airlines are in varying degree of financial stress,” he said.
29/07/15 PTI/Gulf News Aviation

SpiceJet to buy 100 planes; in talks with Boeing, Airbus

NEW DELHI: Budget carrier SpiceJetBSE -3.67 % today said it plans to buy around 100 new planes as part of a long-term business plan and is in talks with global aircraft makers including Boeing and Airbus in this regard.
"We need to have some long-term aircraft order so that we can put a business plan around it. The next logical step, after the revival is that we need to have a long-term vision and for that we need aircraft order," SpiceJet Chief Financial Officer Kiran Koteshwar told PTI today.
The Gurgaon-based airline, which was on the verge of closure late last year, had yesterday reported its second straight quarterly profit at Rs 71.8 crore in the three months ended June as against a net loss of Rs 124 crore in Q1FY15.

The order should be around 100 planes, he said adding "It could vary depending on the economic obligation and what we need to pay."
29/07/15 PTI/The Economic Times

Fuel tanker overturns inside Kerala airport, spills ATF

Thiruvananthapuram: A tanker carrying aviation fuel overturned here spilling the ATF inside the airport premises on Wednesday, triggering panic.


The vehicle had hit a boundary wall while carrying the aviation turbine fuel (ATF) from the domestic to the international terminal, Airport director George Tharakan told a news agency.
29/07/15 PTI/Zee News

Kannur gears up to take flight

Kannur: Kannur’s wait to figure on the international aviation map will soon be over. If everything goes as planned, the first flight would land on the brand new runway at Moorkhanparambu in December.

About thousand workers, including technical experts, are working on a war-footing to meet the deadline at the site located in Keezhallur panchayat in Mattannur municipality. The period between August and December is going to be crucial in completing the construction of the airport.

The coming days would witness a flurry of activities as everyone involved in the mega project will be committed to reach the finishing point by December, which is the deadline set by the government. Moreover, it is a matter of pride and prestige for the Kannur International Airport Ltd. (KIAL), the company floated by the State government for the development of the Rs.1,892-crore project.

The incessant rain has forced the employees engaged in drilling works to stay off the site. They will return to work once the rain recedes.
29/07/15 Correspondent/onmanorama

AAI mulls relocating Bagdogra airport

The proposal of the Airport Authority of India to shift Bagdogra Airport to Purnea in Bihar, has sent shudders down the spines of frequent travellers from Darjeeling district, north Bengal and Sikkim.   Sources claim the AAI voted to move the city’s gateway airport to Purnea in Bihar, owing to the installation of the proposed Instrumental Landing System (ILS), for which 12.91 acres of land is required in the airport premises, followed by expansion of the airport terminal which needs another 120 acres. Earlier this month, the AAI held a meeting with Indian Air Force officials in Delhi to discuss the land acquisition process for the installation of night landing facility at the airport, extension of the terminal and setting up of residential quarters, following which the idea to relocate the airport to Purnea was construed.

It may be recalled that the airport had purchased eight acres of land at Gonsainpur under the Matigara block for the proposed projects, but the authorities are yet to take possession as the administration has failed to vacate the land. "Bagdogra airport experienced a 42 per cent boost in passenger numbers in the recent past. The airport welcomed 10.35 lakh passengers in the last financial year (2014-15) marking an increase of 4.2 per cent compared to the previous fiscal year. Around 26 flights operate daily at the airport. But at the same time, it is also very important that the airport is expanded to facilitate more people. The delay in the land acquisition process is affecting the development of the airport," said the source, also adding the AAI may approach IAF officials to take an extra land of around 30 acres at Bagdogra in exchange of the IAF land in Purnea. Following the Indo-China war in 1962, the Union civil aviation ministry handed over the airport to the IAF, which permitted the airport authority to run flights till 10 pm of July 1, 2014.
29/07/15 Siliguri/The Echo Of India

8/Eight senior Air India Dreamliner pilots resign, more may follow

In a huge setback for National carrier Air India (AI), eight senior Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilots, on whom the airline had spent about Rs 40 lakh each on training, have resigned.

Six of them, sources said, are headed to budget carrier SpiceJet, whose flight operations chief, SPS Suri, was previously AI’s head of operations.

“Two pilots have already joined SpiceJet and are doing their command training in South Africa. The rest are serving their notice periods.”

“It’s a big loss. We trained them abroad at a huge expense in 2012. Training a single pilot costs anywhere between Rs 30-40 lakh. And during the training period, which can extend to a few months, the services of a pilot cannot be used for flying purposes,” said an AI source.
29/07/15 The Wiire

Indian flyers add to the Dubai airport growth story

MUMBAI: India continued to play a major role in growth of Dubai International airport as it handled a total of 5.9 million passengers in June according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

"Regionally, traditional markets such as the Indian subcontinent (+281,393 passengers) and the AGCC (+154,294 ) led the growth followed by Western Europe (+121,919), Africa (+71,065) and North America (+61,535 passengers)," said a press statement issued by Dubai International on Wednesday. "Passenger traffic during June increased 16.7 per cent to 5,914,671, compared to 5,067,726 during the same month in 2014. The year to date traffic surged 10.4 per cent to reach 38,299,291, compared to 34,676,090 during the first half of 2014," the release said. "The increase in traffic during June can be attributed to the runway refurbishment project between May and July last year during which the airport was reduced to a single runway operation. The surge in traffic was countered by a drop in number of passengers during the holy month of Ramadan which fell in June this year," it added.
29/07/15 Manju V/The Times Of India

Madurai airport gears up to handle VIP arrivals

MADURAI: Expecting many landings and takeoffs due to the arrival of several VIPs at the Madurai International Airport on Thursday, in order for them to attend the funeral of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, authorities have decided to involve all its 102 staff to manage everything without any hindrance.

Union minister for urban development Venkaiah Naidu, who came to Madurai to receive Kalam's body, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a few Union ministers, and other VIPs will be attending the funeral. However, police are not sure about the number of VIPs coming to Rameswaram via Madurai airport. "We expect many unscheduled arrivals of dignitaries," said a police officer in the city.
30/07/15 L Saravanan/The Times Of India

Airport expansion to be discussed soon, says Rai

MANGALURU: A high-level meeting will soon be held in Bengaluru soon to discuss the acquisition of land for the extension of Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) runway.

A decision in this regard was taken at the quarterly KDP review meet chaired by the district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai at Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat on Tuesday.

Deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim said it will require acquisition of 200 acres additional land for the extension of the runway from 8,000 feet to 13,000 feet. "A proposal has been sent to the government for the acquisition of additional land for the airport runway. It will require Rs 121 crore for the land acquisition and compensation," Ibrahim said.
29/07/15 The Times Of India

10 flights delayed due to bad weather

More than 1,800 passengers were affected as total 10 flights including five incoming and five outgoing from city airport were delayed by 50 mins to 2 hours on Wednesday due to bad weather in Ahmedabad and Mumbai and congestion in air traffic. These included six flights of Jet Airways, two flights of Air India and one flight each of Go Air and SpiceJet. The routes affected include Ahmedabad-Mumbai, Ahmedabad-Bhopal and Ahmedabad-Delhi. The major impact was on Mumbai route where in eight flights were delayed. However, there were no diversions on Wednesday.


On Tuesday, as many as two flights were diverted and nine delayed due to incessant rains in city. Jet Airways' Mumbai- Ahmedabad and Delhi- Ahmedabad flights were diverted on Tuesday morning to Mumbai and Delhi respectively due to bad weather. More than 2,000 passengers were affected due to delays and diversions throughout the day. Also nine flights including, six outgoing and three incoming were delayed by 50 mins to over 7 hours due to rains and low visibility at city airport and congestion in traffic on Tuesday.
29/07/15 Piyush Mishra/The Times Of India

Kerala-Bound Air India Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Nagpur

An Air India flight from New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram made an emergency landing at Nagpur airport on Tuesday evening following a suspected engine malfunction.

The incident took place around at 7.30 pm on 28 July and it left more than 200 passengers stranded in Nagpur. They alleged that airline made no efforts to arrange an alternative flight or provide them accommodation.

The incident provoked Malayalam actor-turned-parliamentarian Innocent, who was on-board the flight, calling the national flag carrier "irresponsible".
29/07/15 Anu James/International Business Times

Jet Airways Takes on SpiceJet, Offers Discounted Tickets

Jet Airways has launched a promotional scheme on flights within India, offering tickets as low as Rs 1,257 (all-inclusive). The offer is valid on economy class travel and bookings are open till July 30, 2015. This Jet Airways offer is applicable on travel between August 4, 2015 and October 15, 2015.

Jet Airways also said that date change and flight change are not permitted under this offer. Also, tickets purchased under this offer are non-refundable.

The monsoon season is typically a lean period for airlines. So they come up promotional offers to lure flyers.
30/07/15 NDTV

Jet Airways changes timing for Hong Kong-New Delhi flight

Jet Airways said it has rescheduled its daily flight from Hong Kong to New Delhi from October 25, 2015.

Jet Airways flight 9W 77 will depart Hong Kong at 1205 hrs. (Local Time), and arrive in Delhi at 1600 hrs. On the return, Jet Airways flight 9W 78 will depart Delhi at 0230 hrs, and arrive in Hong Kong at 0955 hrs. (Local Time).

“This day time arrival into Delhi will facilitate guests arriving from Hong Kong to seamlessly connect to several destinations within India such as Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dehradun, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai and Pune,” it said.
29/07/15 Deepti Rajan/RTN.ASIA

Air India Express flights to Sharjah from Varanasi

LUCKNOW: Air India Express (AIE) announced on Wednesday its plan to add Varanasi to its route network from August with direct flight service to Sharjah to cater to flyers in and around the temple city.

AIE, which is the international budget arm of the national carrier Air India, would also roll out special discounted fares on the new route, the airline's chief executive officer K Shyam Sunder said in a release.

The non-stop flight, to be introduced from August 17, would operate thrice a week, using a 186-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The Kochi-headquartered airline currently operates 175 weekly flights, connecting 11 domestic airports, besides 12 destinations across the Middle East and South East Asia.

"The flight will operate on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays, fulfilling a long-standing need of passengers in and around Varanasi," said Shyam Sundar.
30/07/15 The Times Of India

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

India may open skies to countries more than 5,000 km away

New Delhi: The government is considering a proposal to open up the skies in a limited way, by allowing unlimited civilian flights from countries that are more than 5,000 km or seven hours of flying time away. It will also insist on reciprocity from countries with which it agrees to have an open sky policy.

The proposal, if cleared, will prove to be a bonanza for European carriers such as Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. It will also open up the market for airlines from Australia, Africa and South America.

An open-sky policy allows designated airlines of a country, with which an agreement has been signed, to operate any number of flights to India.

India will follow the existing system of signing bilaterals with other countries. Under this system, there is a stipulation either on the number of flights or seats that airlines from the two countries can operate to destinations in the other country. The Civil Aviation Ministry, which is working on a new aviation policy, will first have to accept the proposal before it becomes a part of the revised policy. The policy is expected to be put in the public domain by the end of this month or early next month, for consultation, before it is finalised.
28/07/15 Ashwini Phadnis/Business Line

Don't cheer SpiceJet's remarkable turnaround just yet; there are red flags in this growth story

Is SpiceJet actually witnessing a remarkable turnaround through historically high load factors and shrinking of operations to bring in more effeciencies? Or are there red flags still in its growth story?
First of all, a note of caution for investors. There is significant uncertainty in SpiceJet's ability to continue on a "going concern" basis due to several factors, the airline said in its own post-results statement. These factors include delays in payments to vendors and repayment of statutory dues by the airline over the last 12-18 months, continued pricing pressures due to competition and a weak rupee. SpiceJet has accumulated losses of Rs 313,895.4 lakh or Rs 3138.95 crore as of June 30 against shareholders funds (including advances towards subscription securities) of just Rs 119,611.4 lakh or Rs 1196.11 crore. "As on date, the company's total liabilities exceed its total assets by Rs 114,284 lakh," the statement said.
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Second, HSBC has reiterated its 'Reduce' rating at an unchanged target price of Rs 10 per share, implying 60 percent downside. According to Moneycontrol.com, the brokerage feels the airline's earnings momentum is likely to weaken from here due to increased industry supply and a weak rupee. On a cautious note, HSBC feels the performance is unlikely to be sustainable. “Not only is the industry supply fast catching up but the rupee weakness and seasonally weak travel periods ahead suggest that the earnings is going to slow down," the HSBC note says.
Thirdly, in a note ahead of the results, global aviation industry CAPA estimated that SpiceJet needs further "critical" investment of $200 million or close to Rs 1200 crore in this fiscal for turnaround "but not likely" in the near term.
SpiceJet has held intermittent talks with prominent Gulf based airlines for a strategic investment but nothing has fructified till now. An airline official said yesterday the airline's Q400 fleet could be of special interest to foreign airlines wanting a toehold in the Indian market since these aircraft can effectively connect tier II and remote areas with the metros. Another official pointed out that the airline is a network carrier and that works to its huge advantage during any stake sale negotiations.
29/07/15 Sindhu Bhattacharya/First Post

SpiceJet turnaround shows clear skies for carriers

New Delhi: Budget airline SpiceJet Ltd, which was on the verge of collapse in December last year, has not just survived but made a sharp turnaround reporting a profit for the second consecutive quarter under its new owner Ajay Singh.
On Tuesday, the no-frills carrier announced its June quarter results posting a profit of Rs 71.8 crore compared with a net loss of Rs124.1 crore in the same quarter last year.

The profit has more than trebled over the Rs 21.5 crore it posted in the sequential January-March period, which was its first after seven quarters.
29/07/15 Praveena Sharma/Daily News & Analysis

SpiceJet In Talks With Boeing, Airbus To Buy 100 Aircraft

Budget airline SpiceJet Ltd is in talks with Boeing Co and Airbus Group to acquire about 100 new narrow-body aircraft, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday, in a deal worth about $11 billion at list prices.   SpiceJet wants to buy more Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max aircraft, Kiran Koteshwar told Reuters. He said the company plans to place an order by the end of this financial year and would look to raise fresh equity or debt to pay for the planes once it had decided how many to buy.   "We have to place an order so we have a long-term business plan in place. The focus is now on sizeable growth," he said.   SpiceJet's plans for expansion come after India's second-largest low-cost carrier almost collapsed late last year, before it was bailed out by new chairman Ajay Singh.   At present SpiceJet has 34 aircraft in the fleet, comprising 18 Boeing 737s, two Airbus A319 (on wet lease) and 14 Bombardier Q400.   Singh said the airline would continue to lease more aircraft till the new ones are delivered. "We have plans to induct 3-4 more planes for the winter schedule."
29/07/15 Business World

A global alliance, but is it made in heaven?

A year after being a part of the international Star Alliance, which operate more than 18,500 daily departures and serves 193 countries around the globe, there are many who are not satisfied with what Air India has to offer — at least going by the tweets of passengers.

Take the case of Aravind Ganesh V who tweeted: “when compared to the kind of on board service other members of Star Alliance are offering Air India is a disgrace to the alliance” or MarC R F Delhem who tweeted: “customer service is either unknown or a blacklisted word with Air India. This is so not Star Alliance like.”

Consumers, though a significant focus area for any airline, are not the only ones who have problems with AI. At a recent conference, Mark Schwab, Chief Executive Officer of Star Alliance, praised the progress made by AI as a part of Star Alliance but said, “Many – not yet all – of the people in Air India have understood what it means to be a player in the global aviation arena.”

However, there is little denying that AI still remains the only Indian carrier to be part of a global airline alliance.

In AI’s case this is no mean achievement as it won membership to the international club after years of trying. In September 2002, British Airways’ CEO, Rod Eddington met the then Civil Aviation Minister Shahnawaz Hussain and discussed the possibility of Air India joining oneworld, an alliance of which British Airways is a member. A short while later, Skyteam invited Air India to join its alliance. The then Chairman of Air India, K Roy Paul was invited to Paris to meet with the Skyteam alliance members. But all these initiatives died a natural death.
29/07/15 Ashwini Phadnis/Business Line

Now, another security check before entering a plane

Lucknow:  Passengers might now undergo an additional security check just before a entering or leaving an aircraft to ensure foolproof safety of a flight.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation and Security (BCAS) has asked national and private airlines to introduce the extra layer of security in the wake of Monday's terrorist attack in Punjab.

Known as the secondary ladder point security check (SLPSC), the system includes a random check of passengers by the airline staff itself on the aerobridge or ladder in case of any suspicious activity. The instructions apply to all domestic and international airports.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) sources at Amausi airport confirmed that the instructions had been conveyed to all private airlines. Lucknow airport happens to be the secondary airport to the one in Delhi. "The additional security measure comes in handy in case of flight diversion," said a senior AAI official.
29/07/15 Times of India

Cloud seeding aircraft to land in Aurangabad by month-end

Aurangabad:  The aircraft hired by the state government for cloud seeding in the drought-hit Marathwada would land at Aurangabad on July 31.

After the forecasts pointed of deficient monsoon in Maharashtra, the government had recently decided to go for cloud seeding to create artificial rain in the drought-hit regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada.

Suhas Diwase, director of the state disaster management and rehabilitation cell, said some modifications are being made to the sprayers of the aircraft owned by Weather Modifications Private Ltd to yield maximum results while being deployed for cloud seeding.

Cloud seeding is set to be experimented in Marathwada anytime during the first half of August and depending on the results, further efforts would be carried out.
29/07/15 Mohammed Akhef/Times of India

Legacy carriers still fighting for India's 5/20 rule

India's legacy airlines are fighting to protect the government's long-standing 5/20 rule - where an airline must have been flying for five years and have at least 20 planes in its fleet before it can fly international routes - to ensure new carriers can't take advantage of any loosening of the rules.
New airlines Vistara and AirAsia India are among those that want the rule axed so they can quickly start overseas flights.
29/07/15 MiceBTN

"There is no safety issue with Dornier"

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) is being readied for a public issue this financial year, as part of the government’s disinvestment programme, Towards this, the HAL board will be restructured later this year. The Maharatna PSU is setting up a greenfield facility near Tumakuru to manufacture light utility helicopters (LUHs) in the three-tonne class. The plan is to make military and civil variants of LUHs for the Indian and global markets. HAL’s chairman and managing director T Suvarna Raju speaks to Huma Siddiqui of FE about the company’s programmes. Excerpts:
Dorniers, considered the safest from HAL, are crashing. What plans have HAL got for modernising these aircraft?
Recently, there were two incidents involving the Dornier aircraft of the Navy and the Coast Guard. Both the accidents are under investigation and the causes of the accidents are yet to be established. There is no safety issue in operating the Dornier aircraft and all the customers are continuing to fly the aircraft. HAL is proposing modernisation of the Dornier aircraft through an engine/propeller change and introduction of new avionics systems. The company is in discussions with the customers for the same.
What is the update on the patents filed?
During the quarter (Q1), HAL filed seven patents and till date the total number of patents filed by HAL is around 1,100.
29/07/15 Huma Siddiqui/Financial Express

Indian flyers add to the Dubai airport growth story

Mumbai: India continued to play a major role in growth of Dubai International airport as it handled a total of 5.9 million passengers in June according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

"Regionally, traditional markets such as the Indian subcontinent (+281,393 passengers) and the AGCC (+154,294 ) led the growth followed by Western Europe (+121,919), Africa (+71,065) and North America (+61,535 passengers)," said a press statement issued by Dubai International on Wednesday. "Passenger traffic during June increased 16.7 per cent to 5,914,671, compared to 5,067,726 during the same month in 2014. The year to date traffic surged 10.4 per cent to reach 38,299,291, compared to 34,676,090 during the first half of 2014," the release said. "The increase in traffic during June can be attributed to the runway refurbishment project between May and July last year during which the airport was reduced to a single runway operation. The surge in traffic was countered by a drop in number of passengers during the holy month of Ramadan which fell in June this year," it added.
29/07/15 Manju V/Times of India

IAF re-raises aerial display team, SuryaKiran target first performance in October

New Delhi: After a gap of over four years, the Air Force is again forming up its aerobatic display team with a first new performance being targeted for October to coincide with the Air Force Day celebrations. A senior Air Force official told ET that preparatory work has already started and that team members have started training on the Hawk aircraft to put up a short display at the Hindon airbase on October 8.

Several ace pilots have been posted to the Bidar based 52 Squadron, nicknamed `The Sharks' and maneuvers and practice runs are being undertaken on the high performance Hawk advanced trainer jets. While the SuryaKiran team - which performed on Kiran Mk 2 trainers - was a nine aircraft formation, the initial display by the revived display team could involve as few as four planes, officials said.

"We have started already and are confident that the team will come up with a brilliant display. The target date in in October and a decision has been taken not to rename the team as the name Suryakiran is known across the world," a senior IAF officer said.
29/07/15 Manu Pubby/Economic Times

Mock drill tests response system at airport

Tiruchi: A mock bomb threat contingency and building evacuation drill was carried out at the international airport here on Tuesday to test the efficacy of different agencies while responding to emergency situation.

All agencies connected with the airport such as Airports Authority of India, Central Industrial Security Force, Bomb Detection and Disposal squad (BDDS) of the City Police, Customs, Immigration, and various airlines were involved in the mock exercise that lasted nearly two hours in the evening.

Airport sources said the mock drill commenced after the receipt of a “bomb threat message” in an aircraft and in the building with all agencies sounded an alert thereafter.
29/07/15 The Hindu

Jet Airways changes timing for Hong Kong-New Delhi flight

Jet Airways said it has rescheduled its daily flight from Hong Kong to New Delhi from October 25, 2015.

Jet Airways flight 9W 77 will depart Hong Kong at 1205 hrs. (Local Time), and arrive in Delhi at 1600 hrs. On the return, Jet Airways flight 9W 78 will depart Delhi at 0230 hrs, and arrive in Hong Kong at 0955 hrs. (Local Time).

“This day time arrival into Delhi will facilitate guests arriving from Hong Kong to seamlessly connect to several destinations within India such as Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dehradun, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai and Pune,” it said.
29/07/15 Deepti Rajan/RTN Asia

IAF asks HAL to stop work on jet trainer

New Delhi: In a setback for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the Indian Air Force (IAF) has asked the state-owned firm to stop its efforts to produce the Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT). This comes close on the heels of the recent accident of the advanced jet trainer Hawk, which is currently being produced at HAL under licence from BAE Systems, UK.
“While an inquiry has been ordered for the Hawk accident, the HAL is failing in its IJT R&D  (research and development) where the timelines have been revised at least thrice if not more. The company has already taken close to R630 crore from the government (for the IJT venture). The IAF has now lost its patience and has conveyed the same to  both the ministry of defence and the HAL,” revealed sources privy to the matter on conditions of anonymity.
Under the timeline indicated by HAL earlier, the IJTs were to be inducted in the IAF this year. However, a lot of tests of the machine are still not done. Also, issues related to the specifications given by the customer (IAF) have not been met with, the sources said.
29/07/15 Huma Siddiqui/Financial Express

Meet on runway expansion at M'lore Intl Airport soon

Mangaluru: A high-level meeting will be convened in Bengaluru in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, to discuss runway expansion of Mangalore International Airport (MIA), District-in-Charge Minister Ramanath Rai said.

Chairing the tri-monthly KDP meeting here on Tuesday, he said there is a need to discuss whether land acquisition will be carried out by the State government or to take up the work on PPP mode.

Aditional DC Sadashiva Prabhu said to expand the runway, MIA had sought 289.335 acre land in its letter dated February 12, 2014. However, total of 190.91 acre was available in the vicinity. To rehabilitate families residing on the land, an estimate of Rs 121.05 crore was prepared and submitted to the State government. The survey of the land to be acquired has been completed and a proposal will be submitted to the government.MLC Ivan D’Souza said expansion of runway is a necessity to bring bigger aircraft to Mangaluru. There is an urgent need to speed up the work, he said.
29/07/15 Deccan Herald

Tiruchi airport clocks 25 per cent growth in international passenger traffic

Tiruchi: With a robust growth recorded in passenger and freight movement, the Tiruchi international airport has emerged as one of the fast growing non-metro airports in the country.

Catering essentially to select South, South East Asian, and West Asian destinations this profit-making airport has seen a steady rise in overseas flight services of certain low-cost foreign carriers spurring growth.

Serving as a hub for a large workforce of central and southern districts employed in West Asia and South East Asia, Tiruchi is unique among non-metro airports with more overseas operations than domestic connectivity.

Financial year 2014-15 was a landmark period for the airport when the overall passenger traffic crossed the one million mark with the volume of export cargo despatched exceeding 4,700 tonnes.
29/07/15 R. Rajaram/The Hindu

Flight Makes Emergency Landing

Thiruvananthapuram: A New Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Air India flight made an emergency landing at the Nagpur airport on Tuesday owing to suspected engine damage.

The passengers were shifted to a hotel near the airport safely and the flight is expected to take off to its destination on Wednesday morning, Air India officials have said.

The flight with over hundreds of passengers on board took off from the New Delhi airport at 6 pm.  Many Malayalis, including actor and MP Innocent and Principal Secretary P H Kurian, were in the flight.
29/07/15 New Indian Express

Fuel tanker overturns inside Kerala airport, spills ATF

Thiruvananthapuram: A tanker carrying aviation fuel overturned here spilling the ATF inside the airport premises on Wednesday, triggering panic.
The vehicle had hit a boundary wall while carrying the aviation turbine fuel (ATF) from the domestic to the international terminal, Airport director George Tharakan told a news agency.
29/07/15 PTI/Zee News

Mangaluru airport runway expansion plan referred to high-level committee

The proposed runway expansion at the Mangaluru International Airport continues to be in a deadlock with the issue of land for the expansion and related compensation being referred to a high-level committee.

It was on February 12, 2014 that the Director of Mangaluru International Airport wrote to the Dakshina Kannada district administration expressing the need for 190 acres of land for expansion of the runway from 8,000 ft to 13,000 ft. Following a survey of land available in Adyapady and Kolambe villages, the district administration proposed to the State government in November 2014 that land can be acquired by paying compensation of Rs. 121.05 crore.

Stating that the compensation was too huge for the government to bear, the Principal Secretary, Finance Department, wrote back to the district administration asking it to take up the work in two phases. Hence, the district administration was proposing to acquire 61.47 acres.
29/07/15 Raghava M/The Hindu

Officials talk Bagdogra airport relocation

Siliguri: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has talked about shifting of the crucial Bagdogra Airport to Purnea in Bihar, thanks to the alleged lackadaisical attitude of the state government and the delay in the airport's expansion plans.
The process of land acquisition for the installation of the night landing facility at the airport has hit snag, and as per the present status, one single family is still objecting to part with the land for setting up the Instrumental Landing System (ILS). The airport requires 12.91 acres of land for the purpose.
Two other proposed projects are also in a limbo. The airport separately requires 120 acres of land for the extension of the terminal and for building residential quarters. The airport had purchased eight acres of plot at Gonsainpur under the Matigara block, but the authorities are yet to take possession of the said land.
29/07/15 Statesman