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No bids for Air India so far, govt will not extend deadline

30/05/2018

The government will not extend the deadline it had set for submission of Expressions of Interest (EoIs) in Air India, Civil Aviation Secretary RN Chaubey said. No bids were received so far from any private players, he added. The deadline was earlier extended. The government plans to divest a 76 per cent stake in the loss-making, state-owned carrier. The state-owned airline is laden with debts running into thousands of crores. Despite a few players making initial queries regarding the sale of the majority stake, there haven’t been any bids so far. The government plans to announce the qualified bids.

No bids for Air India so far, govt will not extend deadline

30/05/2018

The government will not extend the deadline it had set for submission of Expressions of Interest (EoIs) in Air India, Civil Aviation Secretary RN Chaubey said. No bids were received so far from any private players, he added. The deadline was earlier extended. The government plans to divest a 76 per cent stake in the loss-making, state-owned carrier. The state-owned airline is laden with debts running into thousands of crores. Despite a few players making initial queries regarding the sale of the majority stake, there haven’t been any bids so far. The government plans to announce the qualified bids.

Civil Aviation Ministry to prepare a holistic ‘Vision 2035’ document

28/05/2018

Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Civil Aviation reviewed the growth of airport infrastructure in India and called for preparation of a holistic “Vision 2035” document. The vision document is expected to address issues such as congestion at airports, runways and airspace; development of unserved and under-served airports; ways and means to boost the air connectivity to small cities and towns thereby increasing revenues. He examined the capacity of each airport against the number of passengers travelled and reviewed the measures being taken to decongest them. He noted the issues arising in expanding the existing airports as well as in constructing the new ones in different States and said that he would take up those issues with respective State Governments

Committed to augmentation of Airport capacity through NABH (Nextgen Airports For Bharat) Nirman initiative : Suresh Prabhu

08/05/2018

Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Civil Aviation today said that the government is committed to the building of airport capacity as part of NABH (NextGen Airports for BHarat) Nirman initiative. He said that the three key aspects of NABH Nirman are (1) fair and equitable land acquisition, (2) long-term master plan for airport and regional development and (3) balanced economics for all stakeholders. He said that improving passenger amenities, promoting cargo handling facilities and early operationalisation of 56 new airports under UDAN scheme will be his focus areas while simultaneously working on improving regional connectivity and improving passenger services in a big way.

Air India divestment: No buyers for national carrier, Centre to take this big step

15/05/2018

The government may relax some of the terms for its proposed divestment of debt-laden Air India (AI) till now in the light of no interest elicited from any buyers. “It’s only a few weeks before the deadline (May 31) for submission of Expression of India (EoI) for the proposed 76% divestment of lossmaking Air India expires but there is not a single serious interest till now. The government may look at relaxing some conditions to make it (Air India) attractive to buyers.

Biggest Airport, after Mumbai, to be developed in Mopa, Goa

02/05/2018

A joint team of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Commerce Logistics Department will visit Goa to facilitate the development of cargo hubs at the new airport to be constructed at Mopa inGoa. The team will meet Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries to work together in order to leverage the advantages theState offers in terms of connectivity to the coastal belt of Western India. The four coastal states in the western part of the country, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa, will benefit greatly from the biggest airport, after Mumbai,to be constructed in Mopa. Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu had announced last week that Goa will become a logistics hub of India after a second airport becomes functional in 2020 in the state.

Suresh Prabhu lauds Telecom Commission’s decision to allow in-flight connectivity

02/05/2018

Sh. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Civil Aviation has welcomed the Telecom Commission’s approval for offering in-flight connectivity within Indian airspace. He said that the decision would enable flyers to avail data and voice services during flights over Indian airspace and the government will now work towards creating the license framework for a special category of service providers called ‘In-flight connectivity provider. He said that these developments mean that airlines are now equipped to bring dramatic, yet cost effective, enhancements to the passenger experience with passengers ordering products from their phones and tablets and arranging to have them delivered to their homes, or the hotel on arrival at their destination.

Manufacturing of Planes under Make In India and Safety & Security in Aviation Sector to be top priority

26/04/2018

Sh. Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Civil Aviation stated that aircraft and aviation equipment manufacturing under the Make in India programme and safety and security in the aviation sector would be one of his top priorities along with creating world-class passenger and cargo hubs in India. He also stated that air passengers must have a delightful travel experience and private sector must be responsive to customer requirements. He was chairing a meeting of airline industry stakeholders, including CMDs of different airlines, airport directors and others who are involved in airport operations, on wide-ranging issues like passenger service, security, public-private partnership, infrastructre, air connectivity etc.