Telangana government reduces VAT on ATF from 16% to 1%

Telangana government has announced a steep reduction in value added tax on aircraft fuel to 1 per cent from 16 per cent. The move will help airlines in bringing down their operational costs of which fuel expenses is a major component. The move will improve air connectivity to the state .

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Air India set to recruit 500 crew members

Air India plans to hire 500 cabin crew members as its prepares to induct more aircraft and meet new regulatory requirements. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has put in place new norms, under which now flights, particularly on the ultra-long haul routes should have higher number of cabin crew. Besides, the airlines are also expanding operations by adding new aircraft such as the B777s and A320Neos. According to a public notice, the airline is looking to hire 500 male/female cabin crew for its Northern, Delhi and the Western regions on a ?fixed term engagement basis?. It was in 2016 when Air India had hired last time cabin crew when it took on board 800 fresh faces in one of the largest hiring exercises in the industry. The national airline has cabin crew strength of 3,500 at pres

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Aviation Authorities changes norms for import of 18 year old aircrafts

According to new policy measure, now domestic airlines can now import aircraft that are up to 18 years old into the country with the government amending more than two-decade rules in this regard. The move is expected to provide a fillip for the government?s ambitious efforts to boost regional air connectivity as it gives more leeway for operators in expanding their fleet. Till now, aircraft that are more than 15 years old were not allowed to be imported. With the revised norms, pressurised aircraft that are not over 18 years old or those which have not completed 50 per cent of design economic pressurisation cycle can be imported. A pressurised aircraft is one which is equipped to handle cabin pressure at an altitude of above 10,000 feet. Such planes should not have completed ?15 years of a

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Airlines set to drop fuel surcharge in air tickets

Airlines are set to drop fuel surcharge from tickets in India. The moves from continuing reduction in price of aviation turbine fuel. ATF prices have reduced from Rs. 79,716 in 2009 to Rs. 33,260 now which will also make companies to set an all inclusive price or it can be clubbed to offer special discounts in this lean season extending upto April. Air India has taken the initiative and announced an all inclusive fare from April 1 2016. Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet are among the Indian carriers that have stopped showing FS separately and give a combined base fare

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New Airlines in pipeline for the Indian skies

India is likely to see 6 more new airlines fly the Indian skies in 2015. The government asked the states to join hands to promote regional connectivity and help the aviation sector. Tata Vistara has commenced now, while Air Asia has launched in last quarter of 2014, while Quickjet Cargo Airlines, Ligare Aviation and LEPL Projects (Air Costa) have received permits. Lowering taxes will help the aviation sector to boost growth. Currently, Indian airlines industry is struggling to stay afloat with piling losses. Indian government is also looking to have helicopter connectivity for remote regions

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Airlines Industry pitches for review of high levies and reforms in budget 2015-16

As a part to strengthen Make in India campaign, Airlines industry is pitching for developing MRO business in the country. MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) potential in India is high and it currently employs 6,000 people but has the potential to engage at least 40,000. MRO Association of India and global aircraft manufacturers are pitching to reduce the levies in the upcoming budget for 2015-16. All airlines in India currently prefer to use overseas facilities for most of their maintenance work. IndiGo, the country's biggest carrier, has been taking its Airbus A320 planes to the Sri-Lankan Airlines' facility in Colombo since February 2009. Jet Airways takes its aircraft to multiple destinations, including Malaysia, while national carrier Air India do maintenance at least one of its

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