United suspended fligths to India due to closure of Pakistan and Iranian airpsace. With the Pakistan airspace now open, United will resume flights to Mumbai and Delhi from Newark from September 6, 2019. Air Canada will also resume their suspended flights in September 2019.
GoAir expanded its international network by adding flights to Abu Dhabi from Mumbai and Delhi. GoAir is further adding daily flights to Bangkok from Mumbai and Delhi using temporary Jet Airways bilateral rights allocated to them. You can also take advantage of the free visa on arrival in Thailand which has now been extended till October 31, 2019.
IndiGo has further added new flights to the Middle-East from Mumbai and Delhi. Since April 2019, IndiGo has added 12 new international flights.
Lufthansa will no longer fly the A380 to Delhi from January 2020. Instead, it will fly a 747-400 without a first class cabin. Good news is, Lufthansa will roster a premium heavy 747-8 featuring a first class cabin on this route from March 29, 2020.
GoAir is adding 7 new daily international flights. Bookings for flights to Abu Dhabi from Mumbai and Delhi as well as Muscat from Mumbai have started with the first flights scheduled for July 19, 2019.
Hyderabad airport has started trials for facial recognition at airport entry gates, entry to security check and boarding gates. Trials are expected to continue till July 31, 2019, and will later be implemented on a full-scale basis.
Adani group won bids to manage 6 AAI airports: Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mangalore, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram. The Cabinet has cleared the transfer of three airports, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangalore to Adani group and will clear the rest in the next cabinet meeting.
GoAir started operations in 2005 and has now added its 50th aircraft in 2019. GoAir is planning to add an aircraft a month, launch more international destinations and may go for an IPO.
Bengaluru airport has started body scanner trials for security check since July 1, 2019. It will gradually replace all door frame metal detectors with body scanners by April 2020.
Air India introduced a scheme to offer up to 40% discount on tickets purchased last minute before departure on select sectors every day. It sort of works, or perhaps not. Let’s find out.
Dubai Duty Free has started accepting Indian rupees as its 16th currency from July 1, 2019. You can now purchase anything at Dubai Duty Free with INR without converting it to any other currency.