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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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50 flights diverted in 3 days due to unavailability of CAT 3 trained pilots: Official

As per the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the fog period is defined from December 10 to February 10 and the window for CAT III (category 3, an instrument landing system) operations is defined from 9pm to 10am

Flights were diverted from Delhi due to thick fog (Representative Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 04:36 PM IST

‘Ayodhya international airport equipped to handle 4mn flyers annually’

The Prime Minister’s visit to the temple town comes weeks ahead of the much-awaited consecration ceremony at the Ram Temple on January 22

The officials also said that the airport, which has been built by government-owned Airports Authority of India at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>350 crore, currently has a runway suitable for the operation of Airbus A321 and Boeing 737 type of aircraft (PTI)
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 08:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre boosts infra in ease of travel push

The ministry has also been promoting the use of Digi Yatra, a system introduced in the beginning of 2023 amid an increasing number of footfalls

Additional space has been created at airports by restructuring available terminal infrastructure at several passenger touch points (HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2023 05:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Civil aviation minister chairs meeting ahead of winter peak travel season

The meeting was conducted to ensure all measures are being taken to proactively implement all possible measures to facilitate a smooth and time-saving travel experience for passengers during this period

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. (File)
Published on Dec 20, 2023 01:59 PM IST

56 accidents in airline sector in the last five years, 10 in 2023: Government

At present, there are 149 operational airports (including Heliports and Water Aerodromes) in the country and CISF is deployed at 67 of these airports

The highest number of accidents, 12, were reported in 2022. (Reuters)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 07:45 PM IST

Airlines to increase fleet by 25% in a year as passenger number rises

Indian airlines will add about 150 aircraft during the next 12 months, which will be the highest fleet addition in recent times

Among airlines, Air India will add 92 aircraft during the year, followed by IndiGo at 35. Akasa Air will add 18 aircraft during the period. (Representative Image)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 11:16 PM IST

Airlines to increase fleet by 25% in a year as passenger number rises

Indian airlines will add about 150 aircraft during the next 12 months, which will be the highest fleet addition in recent times

Among airlines, Air India will add 92 aircraft during the year, followed by IndiGo at 35. Akasa Air will add 18 aircraft during the period. (Representative Image)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 05:04 AM IST

Cyclone Michaung: Chennai airport shuts operations due to heavy rain

Schools, colleges, offices and banks have been closed on Monday and Tuesday in at least four districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai

Chennai Airport runway inundated amid incessant rains triggered by Cyclone Michaung, in Chennai, Monday (PTI)
Published on Dec 04, 2023 06:31 PM IST

Go First CEO Kaushik Khona resigns amid airline's uncertain future

Go First CEO, Kaushik Khona, has resigned from the grounded airline after seven months since it filed for bankruptcy.

Go first airlines (Representative Photo)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 08:32 PM IST

Railways begin app-based monitoring of inoperative escalators at stations

The move comes after the national transporters’ internal survey revealed that at least 1.5 million yearly complaints were received for inoperative escalators alone

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 07:55 PM IST

KAVACH system on Delhi-Mumbai corridor to be completed by 2025: Railway minister

The Union minister said that the Indian Railways aims to increase its KAVACH installation capacity from 1,500 to 2,500 every year

Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 08:23 PM IST

Restrict flying rights of foreign airlines to aid Indian players: Air India CEO

Air India CEO and managing director Campbell Wilson said the strategy is to contain traffic rights expansion so that local airlines have opportunity to spin up.

Air India chief executive officer Campbell Wilson. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 03:05 PM IST

Delhi’s T2 for short international flights only from 2024

Delhi Airport's Terminal 2 (T2) may be temporarily converted into a concourse for short-haul international flights by the end of 2022, as global travel demand rises. T2 will be closed for three to six months, starting in March or April next year, to prepare for the transition. The decision is in the design phase, and discussions with government agencies will start in the next two months. The conversion is expected to increase the passenger capacity by 8-9 million, taking care of the requirement for the next three to four years.

Officials said there is an increased demand for the international sector and two Indian airlines, Air India and IndiGo have placed large aircraft orders. (AP)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 10:57 PM IST

DGCA suspends its official facing corruption allegations

The DGCA on Wednesday suspended director of Aerosports, Captain Anil Gill, over corruption allegations, with civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia saying there is “zero tolerance to malpractices”, according to official statements.

HT Image
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 07:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

DGCA suspends officer over graft allegations

Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said there is zero tolerance to malpractices and any such issue will always be dealt with the strictest measures in accordance with the law

The suspended officer had been accused of corruption three times in his eight-year stint in DGCA. (File Photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 09:15 PM IST

DGCA imposes 10 lakh fine on Air India for not obeying rules

DGCA had carried out inspections of the air operators at Delhi, Kochi and Bangalore airports in May and September this year to ascertain the discharge of their obligations

DGCA observed that Air India was not complying with the provisions of the relevant Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) (File Photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 04:37 PM IST

President Murmu flags off three trains from Odisha’s Badampahar

President Droupadi Murmu also undertook an inaugural trip on one train from Badampahar railway station to Rairangpur town close to her birthplace

President Droupadi Murmu flags off the three new trains from Badampahar railway station in the presence of railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Odisha governor Raghubar Das on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 21, 2023 08:14 PM IST

Corruption allegations mar DGCA, probe on

The matter is under investigation and a preliminary report on the allegations was sent to aviation secretary Vumlunmang Vualnam on November 7

Most notable among these are allegations against Anil Gill, who has been accused of corruption three times in his eight-year stint in DGCA (HT)
Updated on Nov 19, 2023 10:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

World Cup Cricket Finale: Railways runs 7 special trains to Ahmedabad

Four out of the seven special trains were fully booked by early evening on Saturday with at least 7,000 passengers making bookings until 6pm

Indian cricket players during a training session in Ahmedabad on Saturday. (AP)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 10:12 PM IST

Foreign countries seek more flying rights from India

The Indian government has received several requests seeking more foreign flying rights from countries such as the UAE, Qatar, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkiye

The Indian government is unlikely to grant new flying rights to foreign countries till domestic carriers reach a certain scale in the international space. (Representative Image)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 01:00 PM IST

Countries seek more air travel slots from India

Several countries, including the UAE, Singapore and Indonesia, have been pushing India to revise air services arrangements.

Airlines such as Qatar Airways have been seeking an increase in flying rights. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 06:28 AM IST

No reduction in non-AC coaches, says Vaishnaw

No changes have been made to the standard composition of coaches in trains, railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Thursday.

Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. (Sanjeev Gupta)
Updated on Nov 17, 2023 05:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw fact-checks stunning claim on sleeper coaches

95.3% of the 390.2 crore people who travelled on trains between April and October 2023 were in general and sleeper classes, and only 4.7% in air-conditioned coaches

Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the reports of the number of sleeper coaches being reduced in trains leading to problems for passengers opting for non-AC berths are false (ANI)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 10:40 PM IST

1,700 special trains being run this festive season, says railways

The Indian Railways statement said 2.6 million berths are made available this festive season, which it said was a “record number”.

The Indian Railways said the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff have been deployed at foot-over bridges to regulate crowds (HT FILE PHOTO/SATISH BATE)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 09:44 PM IST

Enforcement Directorate seeks Qatar Airways’ foreign transaction info

It wasn’t clear whether the issue is linked to alleged tax evasion by Qatar Airways, in which DGGI last month conducted searches at offices of foreign carriers

ED has sought information under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (AFP FILE)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 01:49 PM IST

Air India gets DGCA notice for non-compliance

India’s aviation regulator on Tuesday said it has issued a show cause notice to Air India for failing to provide adequate facilities to passengers who were denied boarding an aircraft or whose flights have been disrupted.

The development comes after Air India was fined <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 lakh in June 2022 for flouting rules. (AFP file photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 08:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

DGCA raps Air India for not facilitating passengers who were denied boarding

In June, 2022, the DGCA imposed a fine of Rs. 10 lakh after inspections revealed that the airline was not complying with relevant rules

DGCA raps Air India for not facilitating passengers who were denied boarding
Published on Nov 07, 2023 07:09 PM IST

In constant touch with PW: IndiGo CEO on engine issues

The airline currently has 49 aircraft grounded due to P&W engine issues. It operates 176 A320neo as part of its fleet of 334 aircraft

The airline, which flies to 115 destinations, posted a net profit of Rs. 188.9 crore in the second quarter of 2023-24. (File photo)
Published on Nov 07, 2023 09:28 AM IST

New rules caused 2 breaches: Air Traffic Controllers body to civil aviation secy

The body representing air traffic controllers (ATC) claimed that the two incidents were the result of the changed ATC rules

In October, here were two incidents in which aircraft came closer to each other than is regarded safe. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 12:28 PM IST

DGCA wants CBI, ED to probe graft charges against official

Capt Gill, the letter had stated, used his position to take three aircraft as a bribe from flying schools and in turn leasing the planes to different schools on a lease rental of Rs.90 lakh each

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) (Representative Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 03:47 PM IST
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