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Neha LM Tripathi

I am a principal correspondent with the national political bureau of the Hindustan Times. I track the aviation and railways ministry. I also write on travel trends. I cover the beats at the national level for the newspaper. Before being in Delhi, I have worked as a journalist in Mumbai as well. My hobbies include trekking and travelling.

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IndiGo flight returns to airport after crew spots overbooked passenger

The incident took place around 7.50am after a crew member noticed a male passenger standing at the rear end of the aircraft when flight 6E 6543 was taxiing

Airlines generally overbook to limit the possibility of a flight departing with empty seats. (Bloomberg File Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 01:15 AM IST

Expanded T1 in Delhi set to open from mid-June: Officials

Delhi's domestic flights at Terminal 2 will move to expanded Terminal 1 by mid-June, increasing capacity to 40 million passengers annually.

The expanded Terminal-1 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport was inaugurated by the Prime Minister via video conferencing. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 06:12 AM IST

Air India, Vistara hold townhall; address pilots’, employees’ concerns

One of the concerns expressed by the pilots of Vistara was restricting flying time for a co- pilot from 70 to 40 hours and reducing salaries

Employees of both airlines attended the virtual townhall. (File photo)
Published on May 14, 2024 11:11 AM IST

AI Express sacks 25 crew members; disruptions continue, 74 flights cancelled

An Air India Express statement said the airline was making efforts to minimise the inconvenience caused and that it operated 283 flights on Thursday

At least 160 flights have been cancelled since Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on May 09, 2024 02:51 PM IST

Air India Express sacks 25 crew members over mass sick leave

The protest led to the cancellation of at least 86 Air India Express flights on Wednesday and 74 on Thursday besides curtailment of operations

In Delhi, 14 flights were cancelled until 4pm on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 09, 2024 10:08 AM IST

86 Air India Express flights cancelled after cabin crew call in sick en masse

This is the second time in around a month that a Tata Group-owned Air India Express is facing flight disruptions due to crew unavailability.

Passengers wait at the airport as several flights cancelled after a section of Air India Express cabin crew reported sick to protest against alleged mismanagement of its HR policies, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 09, 2024 01:13 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Air India Express cancels 86 flights as cabin crew go on mass sick leave

There are major Air India Express cancellations at all airports in southern India

An Air India Express aircraft on the runway. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 01:35 PM IST

DGCA deregisters Go First aircraft on court orders

The low-cost airline, before its crisis, was operating 26 of the total 54 aircraft due to Pratt & Whitney engine issues

The defunct airline had 54 aircraft in its fleet that have been grounded since May 3 last year. (Reuters File Photo)
Published on May 02, 2024 04:22 PM IST

Smaller cities register dip in air passengers: AAI Data

This is for the first time in the past five years that domestic passengers at tier-2 airports have declined

Grounded aircraft stand at Terminal 3 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport during a lockdown implemented due to the coronavirus in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. India won’t allow commercial flights to operate until it is confident that the coronavirus outbreak is under control, piling further pressure on the country’s cash-strapped airlines. Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
Updated on May 01, 2024 07:24 AM IST

Smaller cities register dip in air passengers, reveals AAI data

Data sourced from AAI show major tier-2 cities like Ahmedabad, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Patna, Nagpur, Darbhanga, Jammu, Dehradun, Kochi, Ranchi, Raipur & Udaipur have registered a decline

The bigger city airports continue to register an increase in passenger footfalls. (Reuters file photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 10:33 AM IST

Vande Metro trains to be operational from July: Officials

The Vande Metro train aimed to cater to intercity passengers covering up to 250 km will have 12 coaches is expected to run at a maximum speed of 130km per hour

The Vande Metro train coaches are being made in the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala and are in their final stages. (PTI)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 09:08 PM IST

Children below 12 yrs must get to sit with at least one parent: DGCA to airlines

Airlines shall ensure that children up to the age of 12 years is allocated seats with atleast one of their parents/guardians, who are travelling on the same PNR and a record of the same shall be maintained

DGCA issued the statement on Tuesday. (File photo)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 12:47 PM IST

Record 411 million people took train journeys so far this April: Indian Railways

Passenger trains carried around 370 million passengers in the same period last year, while this figure was 350 million in 2019

Most trips were notified by Western Railways (1,878) followed by North Western Railways (1,623), South Central (1,012) and East Central (1,003 trips). (AFP File Photo)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 10:02 AM IST

Air India deputes 30 first officers for A320 aircraft operations of Vistara

Vistara has been struggling with flight disruptions due to crew unavailability, forcing it to scale down operations by around 10%

Around 150 Vistara flights were cancelled from April 1 to April 6 (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 11:08 AM IST

GoFirst's last stand: Understanding airline insolvency in India

The NCLT has granted Go First a final 60-day extension on its moratorium. Meanwhile, two suitors are vying to revive the 18-year-old carrier.

Go first airlines (Representative Photo)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 08:55 PM IST

‘Worst is behind us’: Vistara CEO to staff after major flight disruptions

While acknowledging that things should have been planned better, Kannan said it has been a “learning experience”

Most of the cancellations were in the domestic network. (Reuters file photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 06:22 PM IST

DGCA seeks airlines’ timeline on new crew rules implementation

The move came after the Delhi high court asked the DGCA on April 1 to indicate a tentative implementation date for the revised norms in its next hearing

The new rules mandated pilots be given a 48-hour break at the end of each week, up from the current 36 hours. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 10:56 AM IST

Technicians write to AIESL over promotions, pay hike; serve strike notice

AIESL is a subsidiary of AI Asset Holding Company Limited and provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for Air India and other airlines

AIESL is a public sector undertaking (PSU) of the govt. (Representative file photo)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 05:32 PM IST

Vistara scales down operations by 10% after disruptions

Last week, many pilots reported sick that led to cancellation of around 150 flights from Monday, April 1 to Saturday, April 6

A Vistara Airbus A320 aircraft at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. (Reuters Photo)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 01:29 PM IST

Flight training body seeks govt help to resolve shortage of fuel

In the letter dated April 7 sent to civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, the association said the shortage is a threat that will impact the airline industry and policies of the government

Flight training organisations, FTOs, are flying schools that serve as stepping stones for commercial pilots. (Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 12:55 PM IST

AI pilots come out in support of Vistara pilots; flight disruptions continue

Vistara pilots have called in sick after being forced to sign revised contracts, restricting flying time for a co- pilot from 70 to 40 hours and reducing salaries

Around 20 Vistara flights were cancelled on Thursday, taking the total number of cancelled flights to 147. (Pti file photo.)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 08:08 PM IST

Government working to harmonise all four flight regions, say officials

The Airports Authority of India has asked for a detailed project report (DPR) to study the technology needed and available in the country for implementing ISHAN

India has four flight information regions (FIRs) – Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and a sub-FIR in Guwahati (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 07:53 PM IST

Airline will resume normalcy by the weekend: Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan

CEO Vinod Kannan said that air traffic related issues, engine problems and bird strikes aggravated the situation leading to delays in the flights operation

CEO Kannan has promised to fix the roster issue to bring in stability in work life balance (Vistara | Facebook)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 10:15 AM IST

What does it take to start an airline?

FLY91 is the latest addition to India’s growing aviation sector that’s looking to connect places that were previously accessible either by road or train

FLY91 operates two ATR 72-600 aircraft, and the company is confident they will add six more planes within the next six months. (Image posted on X by FLY91)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 08:34 PM IST

Let flyers de-board if flight delayed, airlines and airports told

A flight is typically delayed for one of three major reasons: due to an incident, bad weather or a technical fault

Airports will now need to make arrangements so that passengers who return to the terminal can be frisked again before they are allowed to board the plane again (HT)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 05:09 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Let passengers stuck in delayed flights return to departure area: BCAS to airlines

Previously, passengers were taken to the exits at the arrivals, from where they had to pick up their baggage go through the check-in procedure afresh

A boy looks at Air India airline passenger aircraft parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, India, February 1 (REUTERS FILE0)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 05:15 PM IST

Pilots’ body calls for implementation of revised Flight Duty Time Limitations

Federation of Indian Pilots (FIP) said it is regrettable to observe that the DGCA has chosen to disregard its representations

The DGCA this week deferred the implemention of the revised duty time limits for aircrew. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 04:51 PM IST

Experts flag concerns after revised flight duty time limits deferred

While the DGCA did not comment, an official aware of the matter said the deferral resulted from pressure by some major airlines

The DGCA has not given a timeline for implementing the new rules after initially setting a June 1 target date (Representative photo)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Experts raise concerns after DGCA defers implementation of new pilot rest norms

DGCA in January this year introduced changes to the flight duty time limitations (FDTL), including more rest for pilots, redefining night duty and mandating airlines to file regular fatigue reports

DGCA in January this year introduced changes to the flight duty time limitations (FDTL), including more rest for pilots, redefining night duty and mandating airlines to file regular fatigue reports (Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 08:22 PM IST

IndiGo aircraft brushes wingtip of Air India Express plane at Kolkata airport

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has to launch a probe into the incident at the Kolkata airport and off-rostered two IndiGo pilots

An IndiGo spokesperson said the aircraft returned to the bay after the incident. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 04:40 PM IST
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