Welcome to Times Of Aviation Quickies (TOA Quickies), where we will look at some minor news and updates from Indian aviation. On major news, I write full articles but in some cases, the update is very small that it does not make sense to articulate it into a 300 word piece. So, we compile everything in this section and lets have a quick look at every minor update from Indian aviation. Lets go.
For major updates, visit website homepage.
Shivamogga Airport launch delayed
Operations were about to start at the newly inaugurated Shivamogga Airport on August 11. Everything was ready. But then came a problem.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has withdrawn its No-Objection Certificate issued to Bomb Threat Contingency Plan (BTCP) and hence, the airport launch will be delayed for a few weeks.
Karnataka Govt now expect to start the airport operations from August 31. IndiGo has already announced schedule to start flights from Bengaluru with ATR 72-600.
Noida Airport first flight to takeoff in March 2024
India is undergoing construction of 2 major Greenfield Airports – Navi Mumbai International Airport and Delhi Jewar International Airport.
Recently, Adani Group confirmed that the project is on track. Now, Noida International Airport assured confirmation of first test flight expected to take off from March, 2024.
The airport is currently undergoing runway layering work and will begin installation of air navigation services from December. The airside of the airport would be ready in March, post which a test flight can be operated.
As of now, the runway layering is taking place at the airport. Installation of Air Navigation Services will initiate from December. The airside will be operational ready by March, after which test flights can be operated.
Delhi Airport seeks raising fresh funds
Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) plans to refinance old debts by raising fresh funds of up to Rs 750 crore.
Recently, Standard & Poor’s (S&P), a global rating agency upgraded DIAl from B to B+. India Ratings has given DIAL A+ ratings.
DigiYatra app on a roll
Since its launch in December last year, DigiYatra has clocked up 16 lakh registrations. In June, around 10% passengers from Delhi Airport used DigiYatra for seamless check-in process. The app is now available to non-smart phone users as well and hence, the numbers have gone up significantly.
Alliance Air Kullu to Shimla service gone
Alliance Air has bid good bye to its Kullu to Shimla service. The airline started this service in December last year with the newly delivered ATR 42. The airline was operating 4X weekly flights. The route was already not viable as the airline was not allowed to carry full load because of runway restrictions.
Alliance Air has a history of operating non-viable routes. In one such instance, the airline started bookings for Mysore to Sindhudurg route. Not a single booking for the inaugural flight.
Thats it from todays TOA Quickies. For major updates, visit our homepage : Times of Aviation