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Now, flyers with no check-in baggage will get cheaper flights: DGCA

India’s aviation regulator has permitted domestic flight operators to provide concessions in ticket prices to passengers who travel without any baggage or just cabin baggage. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in a circular, said that passengers will have to declare about their baggage if they want to avail the concessions. As of now,...

Bombay HC allows airlines to fill middle seats in flights

The Bombay High Court on Monday permitted all flight operators to allow passengers to occupy middle seats in flights, but said they should strictly comply with guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and SP Tavade refused to...

PIA pilot ignored Air Traffic Control, says Pak aviation authority on May 22 crash

The pilot of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane that crashed into a residential area of Karachi in May had ignored air traffic control’s instructions for landing, a PIA spokesman was quoted by news agencies. The PIA Airbus A320 crashed on May 22 while trying to land after the pilots reported the loss of...

Trump to suspend Chinese Airline flights to US: Media reports

The US government on Wednesday said that it will suspend passenger airline flights from China if it doesn’t allow American carriers to reenter the dragon’s market, a financial news site reported. The site said that restrictions are expected to come into force from June 16 but it could be moved up by the president. The...

DGCA asks airlines to keep middle seat vacant or provide “wrap around”

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday urged the airlines to try and keep the middle seats vacant in flights. The aviation regulator added that if the middle seats cannot be left vacant, the passengers should be provided with a “wrap around”. Social distancing is a big part of the battle against coronavirus...

Air India Delhi-Moscow flight returns midway after pilot tests COVID-19 positive

An Air India flight from Delhi bound for Moscow returned midway on Saturday after the airline’s ground team found out that one of the pilots had tested positive for COVID-19. Media reports said that the matter came to light when the A320 plane had already reached Uzbekistan’s airspace. The flight was empty as it was...

IndiGo to help migrant labour who sold goat to fund flight ticket

IndiGo Airlines has agreed to help a migrant labour and two of his friends who had sold their livestock back home to find the cash for his ticket to fly home, Bloomberg said in a report. Unfortunately, the flight was cancelled. The workers from West Bengal had been unemployed since the lockdown began in March....

Passenger on Air India Delhi-Ludhiana flight tests COVID-19 positive, 40 quarantined

A passenger on Air India Delhi-Ludhiana flight on Tuesday tested positive for coronavirus. Air India has said a total of 36 passengers on the flight along with 4 crew members have been put in institutional quarantine following the Punjab government rules. Air India has said, “The passenger who works in the security department of Alliance...

5-year-old reunited with mom after 3 months as domestic flights resume

The story of a 5-year-old travelling alone from Delhi to Bangalore and meeting his mother after a gap of three months has gone viral. The little one landed in Bangalore wearing a jeans, yellow jacket and a mask carrying a “special category” ticket and was among one of the heart warming sights at the airport...

80 flights to and from Delhi cancelled, passengers say were not informed about it

Chaotic scenes prevailed at the Delhi airport on Monday after domestic flight services were resumed. The flight services are being resumed after two months of lockdown. Passengers said at least 80 flights were cancelled from Delhi, many without prior notice, leading to confusion for many. A passenger told a news agency that they got to...

Domestic flight services resume in India after two months

After a gap of two months, India on Monday resumed domestic flight services that were suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic to contain the spread of the virus. The Delhi airport saw its first departure at 4.45 am to Pune while Mumbai airport’s first departure was at 6.45 am to Patna, the officials said. The first...

Middle seat in flights: SC says govt should be more worried about health of citizens than airlines

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday questioned the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India for allowing passengers to book middle seats on international flights as it puts social distancing at risk. SC said the government should be “more worried” about the citizens than the health of airlines. While Supreme Court has allowed...