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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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Akasa Air orders 150 Boeing 737 Max aircraft

Akasa Air said that it is the only Indian airline in the history of civil aviation to reach an order book of over 200 aircraft within a span of 17 months of commencing operations

Akasa’s order was announced at the “Wings India” air show in Hyderabad. (Akasa Air)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 11:24 AM IST

More govt measures for air traffic amid fog disruptions

India's civil aviation ministry has asked airport officials in Delhi, Mumbai, and four other cities to set up "war rooms" to monitor operations and report any issues three times a day due to ongoing chaos caused by dense fog. The government has also requested incidence reporting and the establishment of control rooms to address passenger inconvenience. The delays and cancellations have prompted the regulator to issue new procedures and the Delhi airport to accelerate runway maintenance. The weather conditions are expected to continue, with a cold wave alert and spells of dense fog forecasted for the next two days.

A screen showing the delayed and cancelled flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport due to the dense fog in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:40 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Supply chain issues, G20 delayed repair of 2nd CAT III-enabled runway: DIAL

Delhi International Airport Limited cited supply chain issues, a ban on construction for pollution mitigation for the delay

Over 600 flights have been delayed and 100 cancelled since Sunday as dense fog enveloped the Capital and plunged visibility to zero at times. (HT/Vipin Kumar)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 10:29 AM IST

Govt takes steps to address passenger woes during fog-delayed flights

‘War Rooms’ to be set up by airports and airline operators at the six metro airports to address issues related to passenger inconvenience

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 07:48 PM IST

Centre issues show cause notices to Mumbai airport, IndiGo over tarmac video

The incident took place on Sunday night when the Delhi-bound flight – 6E2195 – was diverted to Mumbai due to poor visibility in the national capital

Passengers of a Delhi-bound IndiGo flight, diverted to Mumbai due to operational issues, sat and dined on the airport tarmac on Sunday night. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 02:41 PM IST

Centre calls for steps aimed at passenger comfort at airports amid fog delays

Airlines in India have been asked to take additional measures for passenger convenience as dense fog continues to cause delays and cancellations.

A dense blanket of fog enveloped Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 05:43 AM IST

Delhi man who hit IndiGo pilot over delay was headed for honeymoon in Goa

The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon — a day that saw thick fog and smog push visibility at the airport to zero from 5am to 10am, delaying over 400 flights

A still from the video in which Sahil Kataria (in yellow) strikes the co-pilot. (HT)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 10:13 PM IST

Fog delays: Scindia says DGCA to issue SOPs to handle passenger discomfort

Delhi Airport has four near-parallel runways but only the fourth runway: 29R/ 11L is capable of handling flights in poor visibility

Delhi witnessed unprecedented fog on Sunday and visibility fluctuated for several hours, at times dropping to zero between 5 am to 9 am. (PTI file photo/Representational image)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 03:24 PM IST

Passenger hits IndiGo pilot announcing fog-induced delay of Goa-bound flight

A video of the assault, which went viral on Sunday, purportedly shows Sahil Kataria, the passenger, charging at Captain Anup Kumar before hitting him as the cabin crew breaks down

The assault provoked outrage and prompted calls for declaring Sahil Kataria an unruly passenger and putting him on the no-fly list. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 02:56 PM IST

Lakshadweep recorded its lowest aircraft movement in 2023: AAI data

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep has led to a resurgence of interest in visiting the archipelago although aircraft movement to the islands last year was the lowest since 2015, barring the pandemic year of 2020, official data show.

PM Modi’s recent visit has led to a resurgence of interest in visiting Lakshadweep. (Narendra Modi-X)
Published on Jan 14, 2024 04:05 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Flights to Ayodhya sees 150% increase in bookings, three-times higher prices

The Ram Temple in Ayodhya is set to be inaugurated on January 22 and pilgrims from all across the country are set to visit the city

Ayodhya’s Maharishi Valmiki International Airport was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 30. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2024 01:26 PM IST

Lakshadweep recorded lowest aircraft movement in 2023: AAI data

Lakshadweep has been in the news after a row was triggered last week over intemperate remarks made by Maldivian ministers regarding Modi’s trip on January 2.

PM Modi was in Lakshadweep on January 2 and 3 (Twitter/@narendramodi)
Published on Jan 14, 2024 10:35 AM IST

Boeing 777-9 to debut at Wings India air show in Hyderabad on Jan 16

Boeing said that the 777-9 flight test airplane is expected to arrive in Hyderabad on January 16 and will be on static display from January 18 and 19

Boeing said that it will also showcase the 777X passenger interior in the air show. (File photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 02:50 PM IST

SpiceJet to commence operations to Lakshadweep, says the airline chief

Chairman Ajay Singh said that the airline will launch flights to Ayodhya. “We will soon launch flights connecting Ayodhya with multiple cities in the country,” he said

Currently only Alliance Air, a regional airline; operates to the island on the Kochi-Agatti-Kochi sector. (File photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2024 07:48 PM IST

2 new flying schools in Gujarat, MP get aviation regulator DGCA nod

The Tata-owned Air India last year finalised a $70-billion deal to acquire 470 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus while IndiGo has announced a 500-plane order from Airbus.

An Air India passenger plane passes the sun on a smoggy morning in Ahmedabad. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 09, 2024 06:19 PM IST

One B737 Max aircraft found with lose hardware; being rectified: DGCA

DGCA said inspections on 39 aircraft (out of 40) have been completed with nil findings except on one aircraft wherein a missing washer was found

Boeing had recommended all the airlines to conduct an inspection of their B737 Max fleet after an international operator discovered a bolt with a missing nut while performing routine maintenance. (Representative Image)
Published on Jan 09, 2024 02:51 PM IST

To beat pilot fatigue, DGCA raises weekly rest from 36 to 48 hrs

India's aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has announced new measures to address concerns of pilot fatigue. Pilots will now be required to have a 48-hour break at the end of a work week, up from the current 36 hours. The definition of night duty has also been expanded by an hour, and maximum flight duty hours have been reduced for pilots working in night operations. The DGCA said the changes are in line with international best practices and will come into effect by June 1. The regulator will also require airline operators to submit quarterly fatigue reports.

HT Image
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 05:32 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Much awaited reform’: DGCA revises flight duty time limitations for safer skies

Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said the changes, in line with international best practices, will ensure India has the necessary arsenal as the country prepares to clinch the largest domestic aviation market title in the future

The DGCA statement said FRMS was a data-driven approach to enhance monitoring and reporting of flight crew fatigue (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 08, 2024 05:46 PM IST

Checks satisfactorily performed on Boeing B737-8 Max aircraft: DGCA

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday asked airlines to carry out immediate inspections of emergency exits of Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft

The door plug of Alaska Airlines flight blew off after it took off from Portland on Friday and triggered concerns globally. (AP/Representative)
Published on Jan 08, 2024 01:33 PM IST

Govt pushes to complete, expand airports by March

According to an official, at least eight airports are to be inaugurated over the next two months — five in Uttar Pradesh, two in Madhya Pradesh and one in Punjab

Among the projects is the crucial Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, where the civil aviation ministry hopes the first trial flight will reach by March (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 07, 2024 07:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi

DGCA asks airlines to conduct inspection after Alaska aircraft’s door blows out

DGCA directed all Indian air operators to carry out one-time inspection of the emergency exits immediately on all Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft currently operating.

An Alaska Airline flight made an emergency landing after one of its doors blew open mid-air on Friday. (X)
Updated on Jan 07, 2024 04:45 AM IST

Crane causes signal interference, risks fog landings at Delhi airport

Instrument landing system (ILS) is an important navigation system during extreme weather conditions where visibility even drops to zero.

Passenger aircraft at Delhi airport. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 06, 2024 11:15 AM IST

‘Causing signal interference’: Crane risks fog landings at Delhi airport

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is constructing the Urban Extension Road– II (UER 2) which will connect North Delhi to the Delhi-Jaipur highway

ILS helps pilots to land amid poor to no visibility during extreme weather conditions (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2024 03:55 PM IST

IndiGo withdraws fuel charge on tickets after decline in ATF prices

IndiGo said it will adjust its fare to respond to change in prices or market conditions since ATF prices are dynamic

FILE PHOTO: An IndiGo airlines passenger aircraft taxis on the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 01:51 PM IST

Baggage transfers between IGI terminals to be operational soon

Authorities are working on establishing a system for internal baggage transfers between the three terminals at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport, a key step in making it India's first hub airport. The move will allow passengers to transfer between terminals without going through baggage claims and check-in procedures a second time. The airport is also considering air trains and subways to connect the terminals, as well as faster immigration processes. The goal is to provide immediate connectivity between domestic and international flights without requiring airlines to run those services from a single terminal.

New Delhi, India - April 28, 2020: Passengers of special flight for Afghanistan wait at deserted departure terminal of T3, during national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal / Hindustan Times) (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 05:42 AM IST

Poor visibility forces Railways to increase fog pass devices

The Railways said they have provisioned 19,742 fog pass devices to ensure smooth rail operations and avoid delay of trains.

Every year, during foggy weather in the winter months, a large number of trains are affected especially in Northern parts of the country. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 03, 2024 07:45 PM IST

Airline violations up by 77% in 2023: DGCA

The DGCA said the actions taken for violations against the airlines in 2023 includes suspension of the approved Training Organization of Air India and also financial penalties on airlines like Air India, Air Asia, Indigo and SpiceJet for various non-compliances

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 03, 2024 04:52 PM IST

22% increase in commercial pilot licenses issued to women in 2023: DGCA

The record issue of total CPLs for 2023 has surpassed the previous milestone of 1165 licenses issued in the year 2022, witnessing a 39.22 % increase

The DGCA said that it issued a decade-high 1622 commercial pilot licenses in 2023. (HT File Photo/Representative image))
Published on Jan 01, 2024 07:07 PM IST

Boeing asks airlines to inspect 737 MAX planes after loose bolt incident

There are now 43,737 Max planes in the fleet of various airlines in India, including 22 with Akasa Air, 13 with SpiceJet and 8 with Air India Express.

Boeing asks airlines to inspect its 737 Max jets for a potential loose bolt in the rudder control system, the airplane maker and Federal Aviation Administration confirmed this week. (AP)
Updated on Dec 31, 2023 01:22 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Despite fog-ready pilots and airports, flights disruptions abound

While flight disruptions are not uncommon during this season, intensity of messed-up schedules has put spotlight on whether problem could have been mitigated.

Passenger aircraft wait at the taxiway to takeoff in a thick layer of fog at Terminal 3 of IGI Airport, in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/ HT)
Published on Dec 30, 2023 08:56 AM IST
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