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Govt to set up new aviation regulator with more power

Govt to set up new aviation regulator with more power

Government is considering a proposal to set up Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which would be a new regulator in the sector by replacing the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Government wants to replace DGCA with the proposed regulator because the former has limited delegation of financial powers and hence it is "incapable of making adeq

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Govt to set up SPV for manufacturing advanced aircrafts

Govt to set up SPV for manufacturing advanced aircrafts

A High-Level Committee, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for development and production of a civilian aircraft, of a 70-100 seater range. According to the proposal, the proposed SPV would gain design capabilities from National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and other institutions in

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Govt to implement 8 airport projects in 2013

Govt to implement 8 airport projects in 2013

Eight airports would be set up in 2013 in tier II and tier III towns across the country by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in partnership with private sector and the state governments, reports indicate. These eight projects are part of the government's plan to set up nearly 50 airports in tier II and tier III towns across the country in the coming years. Industry watchers welcomed the move by the government to set up airports in small towns across the coun

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Govt to implement 8 airport projects in 2013

Govt to implement 8 airport projects in 2013

Eight airports would be set up in 2013 in tier II and tier III towns across the country by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in partnership with private sector and the state governments, reports indicate. These eight projects are part of the government's plan to set up nearly 50 airports in tier II and tier III towns across the country in the coming years. Industry watchers welcomed the move by the government to set up airports in small towns across the coun

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AAI set to get land for two airport expansion projects

AAI set to get land for two airport expansion projects

According to media reports, the Tamil Nadu government is set to handover land for the expansion of Madurai and Tuticorin airports to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). For the Madurai airport project, the state government is set to issue acquisition notification, while for the Tuticorin project, the process of issuing acquisition notification would be completed soon, reports indic

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Govt to upgrade Juhu airport for Rs 20 bn

Govt to upgrade Juhu airport for Rs 20 bn

Media reports indicate that the union government approved a Rs 2,000 crore project to extend the runway of Juhu airport in Mumbai by 650 metre into the sea. The project, which is part of the overall plan to redevelop the airport, is intended to begin operation of private jet and small turboprop and ATR in

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Domestic airports face challenges in becoming international hub

Domestic airports face challenges in becoming international hub

Industry watchers point out the challenges for airports in India to become international hub for Indian airline companies. An airport must have two prerequisites to become an effective hub. First, it needs a strong anchor airline operating out of the airport, as Emirates does from Dubai or Deutsche Lufthansa AG from

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India to ship Kingfisher planes to leasing firms

India to ship Kingfisher planes to leasing firms

To prevent India's image from being dented in the global market, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry may issue a guidance to release all Kingfisher Airlines aircraft parked at Indian airports to international leasing companies. The move comes in the wake of growing disquiet among major leasing companies over India's refusal to hand over the aircraft and fears that much-needed aircraft finance would be stopped to Indian airline companies.

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Air India Express fleet to get 15 more aircraft

Air India Express fleet to get 15 more aircraft

As part of the turnaround plan of Air India, 15 more aircraft would be added in the fleet of the State-owned carrier Air India Express (AIE), Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on March 7. The turnaround plan of Air India of which AIE is a subsidiary, envisages increase in the fleet strength of AIE from the present 21 to 36 aircraft by March 2018, he told the Rajya Sabha.

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Rs 33,000 cr earmarked to buy aircraft, aeroengines

Rs 33,000 cr earmarked to buy aircraft, aeroengines

The Union government has earmarked more than Rs 33,000 crore for acquiring aircraft and aero-engines from the Rs 86,000 crore modernisation budget for the forces. The Indian defence forces are planning to finalise major deals such as the one for 126 Rafale combat aircraft.