High fares add to passengers' woes
5/27/2010 | Author : Naveeta Singh | WC :194 | India
As if the strike by the Air India (AI) employees was not enough, rival airlines have hiked their fares adding to passengers' woes.
While on Tuesday fares of only non-metro routes were increased, Wednesday saw a jump in fares of metro routes. In some cases, passengers had to grudgingly shell out more than triple the amount of normal fare.
Fares jumped up significantly on non-metro routes like Aurangabad, Varanasi, Rajkot and Ahmedabad. For instance, the cost of a Mumbai-Aurangabad airline went up to Rs6,016 instead of Rs3,500.
Chaos at airport.
Two city-bound Jetlite flights from Kolkata and Nagpur aborted landing and circled above the airport for about 25 minutes because of bad weather and low visibility on Tuesday. At 7 pm the visibility at the airport dropped to 800 metres.
A Jet Airways flight to Aurangabad also had to return to the city airport due to bad weather.
An Air India Mumbai-Delhi-Shanghai flight, scheduled to leave at 7am on Tuesday, was suspended due to technical problem. The passengers were accommodated to a nearby hotel.
NAGPUR: Air passengers have a reason to cheer. Indigo Airlines has recently fulfilled a long-pending demand to start regular flights to Ahmedabad (the commercial capital of Gujrat) while JetLite also plans to extend its Nagpur- Mumbai flight to Aurangabad soon.
JetLite too plans to extend its flights to Aurangabad and Pune sector from October 1. This will be the first time Aurangabad will be connected to Nagpur by air. In other domestic sectors, Kingfisher Red plans to resume services on the Mumbai and Bangalore sector from October 1.
NAGPUR: It is festival time and the airlines operating from Nagpur are set to cash in. Anticipating increase in demand JetLite, that operates flights on Mumbai sector only, has now decided to start daily flights to Pune, Delhi, Indore and Bangalore from October 31. JetLite also has plans to extend its Nagpur-Mumbai flight to Aurangabad soon. Indigo, that recently fulfilled a long-pending demand of daily flights to Ahmedabad, is also keen on starting flights to Chennai and New Delhi, airline sources informed. After Mumbai-Nagpur sector, there seems to be a sudden increase in interest from different airlines in the Pune-Nagpur sector. Kingfisher and Indigo are already operating flights on this sector.
JetLite's direct Pune flight will be third added option for passengers. JetLite service will give passengers the option of flying to Pune and even to Indore in the afternoon, sources informed. JetLite's Delhi flight will depart at 8.05 am while Indore and Pune will fly at 12.55 pm and 3.55 pm respectively.
Airlines can generate good load factor if they start early morning and late evening flights to these cities. Many people who have to travel between these cities will be benefited." The views were echoed by Arindam Banerjee. He said, "I have to take a train or fly via Mumbai while going to Bangalore. Most of the time during festival season, I travel by private bus from Pune. It will be easier for me and several others if JetLite has finalized plans for low-cost flights to Pune and Bangalore."
Jet Airways to launch new flights during winter schedule
Published: Monday, Nov 1, 2010, 23:07 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI
Private air-carrier, Jet Airways said that it plans to launch over 75 domestic flights during the winter schedule, which come into effect from today.
While Jet Airways would launch 46 flights, the airline's wholly-owned subsidiary, Jet lite will operate 30 new flights, a company press release said here.
In addition to the launch of new flights on existing sectors of the Jet Airways, the airline has introduced services on nine additional domestic sectors across stations with immediate effect, the release said.
The no-frills service of Jet Airways, Jet Airways Konnect will launch a daily service on the Aurangabad — Pune sector effective March 1, 2011, it said.
Tyre burst at Mumbai's CSIA on Aurangabad - Mumbai flight, All passengers safe.
Friday 17th December, 2010 (ANI)
An Air India flight (IC 887) from Aurangabad to Mumbai suffered a tyre burst during taxing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) here on Friday, but all passengers on board were reported to be safe.
It has been reported that around 70 passengers were inside the plane at the time of the accident.
Further details into the incident are awaited. (ANI)
Total freight traffic at Aurangabad Airport increased by 108.3 % for the period of April - August 2010 as compared to April - August 2009. In the month of September 2010 the freight traffic increased by 74.8 % as compared to September 2009.
Chopper service was launched on December 14. (price per hour Rs.60,000)
Taking a cue from the recent bulk order for 150 Mercedes-Benz cars at one go, VVIP Aviation Pvt Ltd, a Delhi-based private aviation company, today announced launch of its multi-city chopper service in Aurangabad.
Briefing reporters here, the company chairman, Suresh Chavhanke, said for one month, the helicopter would be parked at the Chikalthana airport and would be shifted to the company franchisee, the Pune-based Manas Thakor's five-acre piece of land near the airport. Manas Thakor would look after the helicopter operations in the town.
The light helicopter does not require much of a space or a special facility for its landing, as it can land on a terrace of a building or on a lawn, he said.
The service can be extended to the foreign tourists willing to use the helicopter to save a bigger amount of time that they have to spend while travelling by road.
Many industrialists, business people and political big wigs need helicopter service. They have to bring in helicopters from Pune and Mumbai, whenever required, and pay more the flying hours, he added.
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