Latin America’s stricken airlines facing long haul to recovery

Latin America’s beleaguered airlines will take up to three years to recover losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in the meantime desperately need government help, according to experts surveying the damage to the industry. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates it will take at least that time for the region’s airlines to inch […]

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Germany, Brussels seal pact on Lufthansa rescue plan: Sources

NEW DELHI:Germany and the European Commission have reached agreement on a giant Berlin-funded rescue plan for coronavirus-hit Lufthansa, a Commission spokeswoman and a source close to the negotiations said Friday. Since the pandemic hit Europe, the Lufthansa group — which also includes Brussels and Austrian Airlines and Swiss — has been bleeding one million euros […]

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HAL awaiting approval for Mk-1A manufacture: CMD

COIMBATORE: Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL) is awaiting approval from the Cabinet for manufacture of LCA Mk-1A, the improvised version of Mk-1 to be supplied to Indian Air Force (IAF), a top official said on Wednesday. The Cabinet’s approval should have been received earlier, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 situation and the company is […]

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428 domestic flights operated on Monday, not 832: Aviation Ministry

NEW DELHI: A total of 428 domestic passenger flights operated on Monday, clarified the Civil Aviation Ministry on Tuesday, hours after Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said 832 flights operated on the day. An excel sheet issued by the ministry on Tuesday evening stated that 428 domestic flights carrying 30,550 passengers departed for their […]

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SpiceJet operates cargo flights to Sudan, South Korea

NEW DELHI: Amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, SpiceJet said on Tuesday it has started operating cargo flights to Sudan and South Korea. The airline started operating flights to both the countries last week. In a press release, the airline said its maiden flights to the two countries carried 16 tonnes of cargo each. Cargo flights have […]

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Domestic flights resume after two months: Delhi’s first departure is to Pune and Mumbai’s first to Patna

NEW DELHI: Indian skies will open up for domestic passenger services from Monday after a gap of two months, with Delhi-Pune and Mumbai-Patna flights being among the first to take off, aviation industry sources said. All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended since March 25 when the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb […]

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No GST exemption to help businesses fight Covid-19 disruptions

NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry has ruled out GST waiver or deference to businesses as part of the economic relief package to help them cope with the situation arising in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant nationwide lockdown. In discussions within the ministry, it has been said that Goods and Sales Tax exemption […]

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India might allow International flight operations from July

NEW DELHI: International flight operations from India might commence from July depending upon the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday. The statement assumes significance as it comes just days ahead of the recommencement of domestic flight services from Monday. During an online question and answer session, […]

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Kazakhstan, Turkey may resume flights in late June

ALMATY:  Kazakh and Turkish airlines may resume passenger flights between the two countries in late June, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development has said, if the novel coronavirus epidemic remains under control. Kazakh minister Beibut Atamkulov discussed the plans in a telephone call with his Turkish counterpart Adil Karaismailoglu, the ministry said in a […]

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Survivor recalls horror of Pakistan plane crash that killed 97

One of the two people to survive a plane crash in Pakistan that killed 97 people has described jumping from the burning wreckage of the aircraft after it hurtled into a residential neighbourhood. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane came down among houses on Friday afternoon after both engines failed as it approached Karachi airport, […]

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