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More passengers are impacted by delayed flights than ever before, shows data

Punctuality of even market leader IndiGo and Air India falls significantly as delays by airlines become commonplace.

A plane takes off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport where a canopy collapsed on vehicles parked at Terminal- 1 amid heavy rain, in New Delhi, Friday. (HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 08, 2024 11:59 AM IST

Find out the number of flights impacted as Delhi airport Terminal 1 suspends ops

At least 18% of domestic flights will be impacted after the terminal’s structure collapsed because of heavy rains.

Rescuers work at the collapsed terminal roof of New Delhi's international airport after heavy rains in New Delhi on June 28, 2024.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 08:49 PM IST

Damaged seats, faulty entertainment systems: How old are Air India planes?

Air India passengers often complain about terrible seats and useless in-flight entertainment. Ancient planes are to blame.

An Air India plane (Representational photo)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 04:07 PM IST

Half of Indian airports see foreign carriers dominate international routes

While Indian carriers operate 47.6% of all international flights from India by frequencies, it's only 38.2% by seats deployed.

For a typical week in June, there are 4130 international departures as per data shared by Cirium - an aviation analytics company.
Published on Jun 21, 2024 04:08 PM IST

Air India focuses on premium position with premium economy in domestic skies

The airline is deploying flights on the Delhi - Bengaluru sector along with one flight on the Delhi - Chandigarh - Delhi sector.

Air India intends to offer this configuration to its entire full service narrow-body fleet over the next year.
Published on Jun 19, 2024 03:01 PM IST

Grounding costs IndiGo its international share, Tata group gains most in Q1

In Q1-CY24, the international traffic (from and to India) stood at 1,78,69,231 passengers, according to data released by the DGCA

IndiGo was hit by a spate of additional groundings in mid-January. However, the airline was cautious with its cancellations plan and focused on routes that had fewer competitors or monopoly ones(AFP file)
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 07:30 PM IST

5 challenges for the new aviation minister

The Lok Sabha elections verdict means that the allies have bargaining power and will the Civil Aviation ministry be one of the bargains?

The incidents and accidents at such places have led to injuries or loss of precious lives.(REUTERS file)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 07:58 PM IST

Why Air India, which dominates India-US routes, has become hell for passengers

Passengers on Air India’s San Francisco flights from Delhi and Mumbai bore the brunt of inordinate delay.

An Air India aircraft takes off at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on April 12, 2024.(AFP)
Published on May 31, 2024 12:16 PM IST

Can Indian carriers break the Malaysian jinx?

From Jet Airways to Air Sahara and Indian Airlines to Air India Express, Indian carriers have tried and pulled out of Kuala Lumpur. Will this change now?

Indian carriers have tried connecting Kuala Lumpur to their network multiple times. ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT
Published on May 29, 2024 04:00 PM IST

Jet, Let, Go: The economics behind IndiGo’s business class strategy

It remains to be seen if IndiGo will replicate the success of economy seats in business class.

IndiGo, since it gained a certain scale, has been instrumental in stimulating traffic and making flying a near commodity in India.(HT file photo)
Published on May 24, 2024 11:14 AM IST

IndiGo’s ‘extra’ passenger: What exactly happened, explained

The IndiGo flight’s return to bay to offload an extra passenger puts a question mark on onboarding practices of Indian airlines.

IndiGo flight 6E 6543 to Varanasi from Mumbai had to return to bay to offload an extra passenger who was noticed in the galley. (AFP file)
Updated on May 22, 2024 11:40 AM IST

How airlines are staying punctual despite flight delays

The menace of buffered block times has not gone away. That means on-time performance (OTP) of airlines is intact despite rising passenger complaints

Delhi - Mumbai - Delhi, the busiest sector in the country sees block times which range from an hour and 55 minutes to two hours and 50 minutes for the non-stop flights(REUTERS)
Published on May 15, 2024 04:19 PM IST

Air India Express cancellations: Monopoly routes will be hit the most

After Vistara’s challenges with network disruption in the first week of May, another Tata group airline - Air India Express is facing a major disruption today.

After Vistara’s challenges with network disruption in the first week of May, another Tata group airline - Air India Express is facing a major disruption today. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 08, 2024 02:17 PM IST

What does IndiGo’s A350 order mean for Airbus?

Airbus has had a great dominance in the narrowbody market, even after the shut down of Go FIRST, with IndiGo, Air India, Vistara operating the A320 family.

Ground staff walk past an Indigo airlines aircraft taxiing in the apron at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport in Kolkata on February 1, 2024. (AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 03, 2024 03:16 PM IST

IndiGo's new appointment brings focus back to expat vs Indian leadership debate

IndiGo's appointment of Isidro Palo Porqueras Orea as Chief of Transformation has put the spotlight on expats at leadership positions in Indian airlines

IndiGo’s top deck is led by foreign talent with both the current CEO (Pieter Elbers) and COO (Wolfgang Prock-Schauer) being expats. (HT)
Published on Apr 30, 2024 02:57 PM IST

IndiGo’s new Airbus order: What it means for India’s largest airline

IndiGo - the country’s largest carrier, has “agreed” to place a firm order for 30 A350-900 aircraft with Airbus.

IndiGo’s new Airbus order: What it means for India’s largest airline
Published on Apr 26, 2024 09:56 AM IST

Bengaluru, Hyderabad airports are buzzing thanks to small airlines

Bengaluru and Hyderabad will see 10 airlines operating domestic services this season.

An Air India aircraft takes off at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on April 12, 2024.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 11:19 AM IST

Up, Up and Away: Traffic increased at almost all airports in India last fiscal

At 18.9%, the highest growth came from Pune, but there were no changes in the positions amongst the top 10.

A Vistara passenger aircraft taxis on the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. (Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 11:01 AM IST

Maldives-India spat: Sharp fall in number of Indian tourists to island nation

This comes amid ‘India Out’ campaign by Maldivian president Mohamed Muizzu and subsequent ‘Boycott Maldives’ trend from Indians.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bangaram in Lakshadweep.(PTI)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 11:06 AM IST

Air India set to fly Dubai with Airbus A350 planes

A350-900 seats 316 passengers, featuring new amenity kits and luxurious bedding.

The A350 is part of the 470 new aircraft order that Air India placed in February last year. (Reuters photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 07:14 PM IST

Delhi jumps seven places from pre-COVID era, enters top 10 airports club

At 73.67 million passengers, Delhi has recorded more passengers than Paris CDG, the flagship of Group ADP and the hub of Air France.

Delhi saw 73.67 million passengers in FY24, shows the data released by GMR Airports and Groupe ADP which has a stake in GMR Airports.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 01:54 PM IST

Airfares are rising, but don’t blame it on Vistara

The crisis at Vistara has triggered widespread fears of a significance increase in fares. Truth is there are other factors at play.

A Vistara Airbus A320 aircraft at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 10:46 AM IST

Summer travel: The routes with fewer—and more—flights

GoFirst impact: The Indian aviation market has changed significantly with airlines adding or reducing capacity on several routes.

GoFirst in May last year suddenly filed for voluntary bankruptcy.(Twitter/GoFirstairways)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 10:22 AM IST

Vistara decides to scale back by 10%. What does it mean for the passenger?

With the memories of delays and cancellations fresh, both regular and newer flyers will be in a quandary about booking Vistara.

A Vistara passenger aircraft taxis on the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. (REUTERS file)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 01:44 PM IST

What should you do if you have a Vistara flight scheduled?

Vistara had a dismal 51% flights on time on April 01, 2024 and over 60 flights were cancelled

Vistara in a statement said that it is facing operational issues with crew availability being one of it and hence has decided to curtail its schedule (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 03:35 PM IST

The longest and shortest flights this summer in India

Planning your summer trip by air? Here is a vital checklist that every passenger must know.

A model of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft is seen at a media event at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 08:29 AM IST

Top 5 things every air passenger looking to travel this summer should know

Travelling this summer? This is what you should know about the northern summer schedule 2024 for airlines in India.

The approved schedule sees operations to 125 airports, the highest and 24,275 weekly domestic departures across airlines. (AP)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 04:29 PM IST

How Delhi's aviation hub ambition takes wings with Air India's expansion

The ministry of civil aviation and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) are exploring ways to align every agency to ensure a seamless transfer experience.

Passengers at Terminal 3 of the New Delhi airport. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 03:50 PM IST

These flights can help you cover most of the IPL matches, if not all

A detailed airline guide to help you navigate through the first 21 matches of the IPL 2024.

21 IPL matches but endless flight hours. (Getty)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 03:04 PM IST

Air traffic shift: Bharat is finally catching up with India

The top 10 airports in India now handle 69% of the total footfalls while the top six handle just 59%.

Expanded Terminal-1 Delhi Airport inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by video conferencing on Sunday, March 10. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 03:40 PM IST
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