Wednesday, 3 January 2018

More Airport jobs in Rajasthan - by building a new Airport.


New Delhi: In 2008, the government had decided to build a new airport at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Almost a decade and Rs 63.28 crore later, the books are showing meager revenue from passenger movement. The draft audit report accessed by The New Indian Express shows the decision to construct the terminal was purely political, which was camouflaged as “fulfillment of social objective”. The government auditors report drafted after a week-long inspection in October 2017 has recommended that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) must ask the government to give it back the Rs 63.28 crore spent on the almost idle airport.

The completion cost of Jaisalmer Airport include cost of equipment to Rs 4.25 crore at the terminal building like conveyer belt, X-ray baggage machine, electrical installations, CCTV cameras, furniture, fixtures and solar plants, which remain idle. The audit report said the guarantee period of these assets have elapsed, and a depreciation of Rs 23.37 crore on them, including building and apron, has been charged.

“This is indicative of weaknesses in the initial planning and designing of the project and lack of diligence in identification of realistic requirements prior to execution of work. The whole expenditure should be recovered from government of India,” the auditors told AAI.
02/01/18 Yatish Yadav/New Indian Express

Saturday, 30 December 2017

More Aviation jobs - Airlines likely to hire over 7000 pilots in upcoming year : Govt


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New Delhi: Domestic carriers are expected to hire more than 7,000 pilots over the next five years, the government informed Parliament today.

These vacancies are likely to emerge as Indian airlines plan to induct more than 900 aircraft into their fleets in the coming years.

"The Indian Scheduled Airline Operators have estimated employment opportunities for about 3,700 pilots and 3,600 co- pilots in the next five years," said Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha in response to a question in the Lok Sabha.

A total of 3,603 pilots and 3,914 co-pilots, and 15,030 cabin crew are currently employed by scheduled Indian airlines as per data maintained by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Sinha added.

In response to a question on whether Air India has a shortage of pilots and cabin crew, the government said that the airline has sufficient number of pilots and flight. It added Air India's regional subsidiary Airline Allied Service Limited or Alliance Air plans to hire pilots from abroad because of shortage of ATR commanders.

"Airline Allied Service Limited is facing shortage of ATR commanders. Alliance Air is having a fleet of ATR 72-600 and ATR 42-320 aircraft. The commanders for these aircraft are not available in the Indian market," Sinha said.
28/12/17 PTI/Times of India

Friday, 29 December 2017

More Airport Jobs in God's Own Country - Kannur international airport to be operational by September 2018


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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's fourth international airport, at Kannur, that is expected to serve more than 1.5 million passengers annually, is set to begin trial flight operations in January and become fully operational by September 2018. With the opening of Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL), Kerala will be the only state in the country to have four international airports with the others at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. The Rs 1,892 crore-airport, located at Mattanur, over 2,000 acres, will be the fastest completed airport in the country, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office said.
The airport has constructed a runway suitable for operating Code E aircraft, like Boeing B-777 and Airbus A-330. It will be extended later for operation of Code F aircraft, like Airbus A-380.
While the Kerala government has 35 per cent stake in KIAL, 25 per cent is by public sector undertakings, 10 per cent is with the Airports Authority of India and the remaining 30 per cent with cooperatives, banks and individual shareholders.
The first trial operation took place in February 2016 when an Indian Air Force aircraft landed for the first time on the airport and was received by then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
25/12/17 IANS/Sify.com

More Airlines and Aviation jobs in 2018 - Uttar Pradesh


The land allocated for the construction of Jewar airport, located in the namesake city, will see men at work, toiling to give shape to the biggest airport in India. Reportedly, the Uttar Pradesh state government has given directions to the concerned departments to begin the job of building the airport before 2019.

The airport has been designed so as to accommodate the main structure as well as the allied services near it. In the first phase, the airport will be built, and in the later phases, allied services such as Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) will be added, as told by Prabhat Kumar, chairman of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA).

According to news reports, the 7, 500-acre wide airport will also be linked to the nearby cities and highways to improve the connectivity. Three optional routes have been considered by YEIDA to render better access to the travellers to the Jewar airport.
15/12/17 Resham Sengar/Happy Trips

More Aviation jobs in upcoming year in allied units to come up at Andrapradesh 


Vizianagaram: Union Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that establishing an airport only to transport the passengers will not benefit society.

Unless the allied industries like a repairing centre, maintenance of aircraft, other infrastructure were established here, only an airport cannot provide jobs to the youth, he added Participating in the various programmes held here on Tuesday, the Minister said that the aviation industry was spending thousands of crores of rupees annually on maintenance and repairing of aircraft.

However, he said that those facilities are only at Dubai, Singapore and Sri Lanka and the Indian aviation sector is forced to go those places for these services. Now we are thinking to provide those facilities and infrastructure at Bhogapuram airport and trying to gain more income and provide jobs for the youth of this area.
Even cargo aviation is also one of major job provider and such services to be started from here," the Minister added. He said that provision of increasing of Assembly seats was mentioned in AP State Bifurcation Bill and again we need not send any resolution to the union government.
27/12/17 Hans India

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

More Airline Jobs by starting services to new destinations Nagpur-Bhubaneswar-Allahabad


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Bhubaneswar: The State Capital will soon be connected with two other cities of the country namely Allahabad and Nagpur as Indigo airlines is planning to operate Nagpur-Bhubaneswar-Allahabad flight service under UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
Initial discussion with the officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation has begun. Senior official of the ministry Usha Padhi had informed on the development during her recent visit to State. The service will pave the way for connecting Odisha to western and northern parts of India.

“The fliers, especially the pilgrims of Tribeni Sangam and Jagannath Dham, will be greatly benefitted by the service,” said Suresh Chandra Hota, director of Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar.

Another good news for the international fliers from the State is that the Air India will operate three-day Bhubaneswar-Bangkok service in a week. The flag carrier airline which had announced two-day Bhubaneswar-Bangkok service earlier, has increased its frequency keeping good business in view.
24/12/17 Odishatv

More Job Opportunities for Male Cabin Crew - Vistara To Soon Hire Male Cabin Crew Members


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Mumbai: Tata-SIA-run Vistara, which plans to spread its wings to the international skies from the next year, will soon have a mix of female and male cabin crew on its flights.

At present the airline employs female members for various jobs in the cabin. But in a policy shift, it has decided to hire male crew members too, an airline official said.

As much as 20-25 per cent of the cabin crew will be male members, the official said.

"As an equal-opportunity employer, it has always been part of our plans to have mixed cabin crew," he told PTI. Vistara currently employs around 1,800 people to carry out its pan-India flight operations from across 21 domestic airports.

Of this, around 500 are cabin crew.

Besides Vistara, budget carrier IndiGo is the only other domestic carrier which recruits only female members for cabin crew jobs.

All other airlines including Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet have mixed cabin crew.

Vistara has started the process of hiring male cabin crew which is expected to be completed by March. "We plan to deploy them into flying from April onwards," the official said.
24/12/17 PTI/NDTV

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

More Airport & Airlines jobs in Andrapradesh - Vijayawada Airport getting ready for int’l flight services

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Vijayawada: Vijayawada Airport located in Gannavaram with two terminal buildings and a runway is getting ready for international services. The expansion works of the runway are going on at a brisk pace. The Union government had decided to set up immigration office very soon at the airport and customs department has already trained 50 officers and staff to begin services at the airport.
Singapore and Dubai are the two cities to be connected with Vijayawada initially. Singapore airlines came forward to operate two flights every week.  Construction of the new sprawling building at a cost of Rs 162 crore changed the outlook of the airport.

The new terminal building was made of steel and glass structure with state-of-art passenger-friendly facilities such as baggage handling system, arrival baggage claim carousels, central air-conditioning, public address system, fire alarm system, flight information display system, CCTV for surveillance and check-in counters with common use terminal equipment.

However, this new terminal will be for domestic purposes because domestic passenger traffic has been increasing manifold in the last two years. The old terminal will be used for international services as passenger traffic will be very less initially. “The airport runway is being expanded from 2286x45 meters to 3360x45 metres at a cost of Rs 150 crore,” said a senior Airport official, who is supervising the development works.

Bigger aircraft can safely land on the runway after the expansion.  Moreover, passenger traffic will increase with the launch of international operations. Many NRIs belonging to capital region and neighbouring districts of West Godavari and Prakasam can use the airport for arrivals and departures.
18/12/17 Hans India

Saturday, 16 December 2017

More Jobs in Airport & Airlines by operating more Colombo flights from January'18


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New Delhi: Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Thursday announced Colombo as its eighth international and 49th overall destination. According to the airline, the new schedule will see non-stop connections between Colombo to Chennai and Bengaluru, effective January 20, 2018. Speaking at the launch, Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo said: "As one of the most sought after destinations in South Asia, Colombo draws visitors from across the globe for its fine blend of tradition and culture." The company added that these new flights will further consolidate its position as the fastest growing airline in India with 149 Airbus A320 and three ATR aircraft in its fleet, operating over 1,000 daily flights, connecting 49 destinations effective January 20, 2018.
15/12/17 IANS/Sify.com

New Airport & Airlines jobs in Northeast region. Rs 2500cr to boost NE air connectivity - AAI


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Agartala: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will invest Rs 2,500 crore in the next three years to develop regional air connectivity in the Northeast, AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said here on Friday.

Mohapatra, after meeting chief secretary Sanjeev Ranjan at the state secretariat in the afternoon, said services would resume at Kailashahar airport of Tripura. Besides, Agartala airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati and Shillong airport will be modernised under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the ministry of civil aviation, he added.

The scheme essentially seeks to connect the small cities of the region to the metros. The official held regional review meetings with airport officials of Guwahati, Agartala, Imphal and Silchar. He laid the foundation stone for an aircraft hangar at Agartala airport.

In the second round of Udaan,an initiative to boost regional air connectivity, bidders have selected Kailashahar airport of Tripura, 140km from here, for functioning of commercial flights. The airport was shut down in the mid- 1990s owing to shortage of space. TruJet, a private airlines operator, was chosen for Kailashahar airport.
15/12/17 Telegraph

Friday, 15 December 2017

With India's first seaplane ride, PM Modi sets vision for 106 waterways



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So far, you would have only seen them in Hollywood flicks - James Bond, in particular, is quite fond of them - and in glossy travel spreads of some luxury island resort. But now you'll get to see them live across the country. We're talking about seaplanes, which became an unlikely buzzword ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted "Tomorrow at 9:30 am I will travel from Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam via sea plane." This would be the country's first-ever seaplane flight, not including the recent trials held in Mumbai.
The historic flight is now complete, grabbing the nation's attention along the way, but has also flagged off his ambition project to revolutionise transportation in India using these amphibious aircraft. "It is not possible to make airports everywhere", he said on Monday, adding that "We are working to develop waterways. We are going to start 106 waterways." This is a part of the Waterways Bill that was passed by the Parliament last year.
"Airports are in short supply in India. Lots of the growth in India is happening in small markets, but those small markets have little or no connectivity. The amphibian plane opens up a lot of areas, creates a lot of flexibility," SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh told Bloomberg earlier in October.

More Upcoming Airport Jobs (Cabin crew, Ground Staff & Aeronautics) - Boeing launches new air crafts in Bengaluru 


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Bengaluru: Global aerospace major Boeing would make aircraft components and subsystems at a new facility it would soon set up on the city's outskirts, a senior official said on Tuesday.

"The state government on Monday approved Boeing's proposal to set up an engineering and technology facility with electronics and avionics manufacturing and assembly at an investment of Rs 1,152 crore," Karnataka Udyog Mitra Managing Director B.K. Shivakumar told IANS here.

The facility will be built in 41.7 acres of land the American firm has been allotted in the Aerospace Park at Devanahalli, about 40km from the city, and adjacent to the Bengaluru international airport.

"When commissioned, the Boeing facility will provide 2,300 direct jobs and many more indirect or associative jobs," said Shivakumar.

The aerospace behemoth, which makes various types of aircraft for civil and military operations worldwide, has a global research and development centre in the city since a decade.

The high-level high committee of the state Industry Department also approved the proposal of CDC Development India Ltd to set up a Technology Innovation International Park in the hi-tech, defence and aerospace Park at a cost of Rs 740 crore, with an initial job potential for 25 high-skilled techies.

"CDC has been allotted 100 acres of land in the Aerospace Park to build its tech park," said Shivakumar.

Universal Builders has been allotted 21.3 acres of land in the hardware park area of the aerospace park at a cost of Rs 525 crore for a housing project.
12/12/17 IANS/New Indian Express

Monday, 11 December 2017

120 bookings in for first Bangkok flight

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Mohali: As many as 120 bookings have been made for the Air India’s maiden flight to Bangkok on December 11. The flight will operate thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. RK Negi, local station manager, Air India, said, “The Chandigarh-Bangkok flight will take off from Bangkok at 5.40 am and land here at 9.20 am. The flight will depart from Chandigarh at 2 pm on Monday. The take-off time would be 1.25 pm on Wednesday and Friday.”
The duration of flight is 5 hours and 30 minutes. The aircraft, Airbus 320 Neo, has a capacity of 162 passengers, including 12 seats in business class and 150 seats in economy class.
When the bookings had started, the fare for a return flight was in the range of Rs 14,000-Rs 15,000. The current fare is between Rs 16,000 and Rs 17,000.
07/12/17 Tribune

 

 

India will soon have 150 to 200 operational airports: Jayant Sinha 

More than 150 more operational airports would come up across India in coming few years including three airports in J&K, promised union minister Jayant Sinha, during his visit to Srinagar on Thursday. 

The Aviation industry in India, Sinha said would soon be one of the biggest sectors in India, and it is already fetching revenue almost equal to Indian Railways and Telecom Industry.

In an attempt to boost tourism sector in Valley, Sinha said that direct flights to cities like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata would also be made operational.

Sinha was talking to young entrepreneurs in Srinagar at a function organized by Foundation for Resource Development and Education led by BJP leader Khalid Jehangir. J&K finance minister Haseeb Drabu also addressed the gathering.
08/12/17 Hakeem Irfan/Economic Times

 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Sikkim airport eyes early 2018 take-off

Calcutta: Tourism hotspot Sikkim's first airport is almost ready to roll out the runway carpet for direct ATR flights from Calcutta and Delhi, causing a flutter among the early birds seeking slots to connect Gangtok by air.

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Pakyong airport, near the Sikkim capital, is 4,600ft above sea level and just one inspection away from taking flight early next year.
 
"Our infrastructure is in place. We have got the X-Ray machine and other equipment installed. The food court is also ready. Once the final clearance comes, we will issue the tender," airport director R. Manjunatha said from Pakyong.

SpiceJet has bid for flying rights from the airport under the Centre's regional connectivity scheme called UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). "We have bid for both Calcutta and Delhi. Sikkim is a very popular tourist destination," a SpiceJet official said on Wednesday.

SpiceJet has bid for flying rights from the airport under the Centre's regional connectivity scheme called UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). "We have bid for both Calcutta and Delhi. Sikkim is a very popular tourist destination," a SpiceJet official said on Wednesday.
07/12/17 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph

Cabinet approves Rs 330 crores for Jewar airport land acquisition

Greater Noida: The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the disbursal of Rs 330 crore to Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) to start acquiring land for the sanctioned international airport at Jewar. "We are expecting the amount to be credited to the Authority today," YEIDA chief executive officer (CEO) Arun Vir Singh told TOI. "This is the first step in putting the project on track. Once we receive the money, we will forward the land acquisition proposal to the Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate," Singh said.
The YEIDA earmarked eight villages for land acquisition for the first phase of the sanctioned international airport at Jewar in October this year. "To acquire the land by invoking Section 4 of the Uttar Pradesh Land Acquisition Act, 2013, we needed Rs 330 crores, which is 10% of the Rs 3,000 crores required for the first phase of the project," the CEO said.
According to YEIDA officials, the proposal for the land acquisition will soon be formally forwarded to the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration. "Four tehsildars (district land officials) will be tasked with handling all procedures for acquiring land in two villages each. One additional tehsildar will assist the sub-divisional magistrate in the process. In the first phase of the project, 1,200 hectares of land has to be acquired across eight villages. These villages include Runhera, Kishorepur, Mukim Sivara, Dayanatpur, Rohi, Parohi, Ramner and Banwariwaas," Singh said.
07/12/17 Vandana Keelor/Times of India

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrate the airline’s first 777F Freighter

Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 777 Freighter, the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane and a second freighter on order will help the airline expand its cargo business.
The 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).
Based in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. It carries over 60 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947. Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers, expanding to 329 aircraft today.
Photo: Turkish Airlines/Boeing. Turkish Airlines Boeing 777F TC-LJL (msn 60403) is pictured arriving at the Istanbul base. The freighter was actually handed over by Boeing to the carrier on November 30, 2017.

Solar capacity at airports can be upped to 200 MW: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju

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Kolkata: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday said the present solar capacity of 90 MW at various airports of the Airport Authority of India was expected to be ramped up to about 200 MW in the next one and a half years.

"The installed capacity of solar (plants) at airports of Airport Authority of India would presently be at 90 megawatt. If the states agree to provide net metering, it is not difficult to get 200-250 mw in the one and a half years' time," he said.

He said the Central government is pushing for clean energy projects at the various airports.

After commissioning of 2 MW of rooftop solar PV plant in 2016, a 15 MW grid-connected solar PV plant at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here was inaugurated by the Minister on Tuesday.

Kolkata Airport Director Atul Dikshit said the solar PV plant was developed at 67.5 acre of land within six plots, each generating a capacity of 2.5 MW, at a total cost of Rs 90 crore.
05/12/17 IANS/New Indian Express

 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

India's domestic passenger traffic rises over 20% in October: IATA

India's domestic passenger traffic grew by 20.4 per cent in October, a global airline association said on Monday.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), India's domestic demand -- revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) -- was highest amongst major aviation markets like Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and the US.
The IATA data showed that India's domestic RPK -- which measures actual passenger traffic -- rose by over 20 per cent in October compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.
04/12/17 IANS/moneylife.in

 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

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Ghaziabad: In a bid to tackle the problem of congestion at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, plans are afoot to have a second commercial airport near the national capital soon.
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As per a report in The Times of India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has identified seven acres of land at Sikandarpur village adjacent to the Indian Air Force's Hindon air base in Ghaziabad.
The ministry plans to launch civilian flight operations from the IAF base.
This would mean that the National Capital Region would get a second airport for commercial flights as soon as the base is ready for civilian flights.
The ministry is mulling to use Hindon air base for civilian flight operations in order to lessen the load on the IGIA till the time the Jewar international airport in Greater Noida becomes operational.
The Hindon air base currently houses IAF's heavy lift transport aircraft Globemaster.
The ministry has already got a go ahead from the Air Force to use the air base for civilian flights as part of the government's regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
While the civilian flights would use the existing runway, a separate gate and a seating area would be developed as part of the plans.
29/11/17 Times Now

Bali airport remains shut, airlines waive cancellation fee

  

New Delhi: Airlines operating to Bali have waived cancellation fees for passengers booked on flights after the international airport of the Indonesian tourist hub remained shut for the second day in the wake of plumes of ash coming out from a rumbling volcano.

Scores of frightened people have fled their homes near Mount Agung with Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre upgrading the alert status to the highest level, fearing a major eruption.

Jet Airways is among the major Indian carriers that offers flights to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport via its codeshare partners.

Jet Airways has Garuda Indonesia and Hong Kong Airlines among its codeshare partners for Bali and is allowing passengers to reschedule their flights apart from waiving cancellation fee.

Singapore Airlines is transporting passengers from Bali to Surabaya via coaches and ferries and flying them to Singapore for their onward connections.

AirAsia too has issued a travel advisory informing passengers that they can reschedule their flights. Passengers are also allowed to retain the value of their fare in a credit account for future travel.

Travel portal Yatra.com said in a statement that tourists who had booked a holiday package and are scheduled to return from Bali to India will be offered complimentary hotel stay.
PTI/Economic Times