Air Pegasus to launch Bengaluru-Madurai flight from June 26


BENGALURU: Low-cost carrier Air Pegasus today said it is set to launch thrice-a-week flight to Madurai from here from June 26.

With the announcement, Air Pegasus is taking its footprint to the fourth city in South India in less than three months after its first launch in April, the company said in a release.

Since April, Air Pegasus has launched its flight service to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Hubballi in Karnataka and Cudappah in Andhra Pradesh, it said.

“As the third largest city of Tamil Nadu after Chennai and Coimbatore, the new flight service is set to add significant value to the economy of Madurai, which is also called as the Athens of the East for its cultural heritage. Moreover, we are the sole operator to Madurai from Bangalore,” Air Pegasus Managing Director Shyson Thomas said.

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Tatkal timings amended; agents to book after 30 mins

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It has been decided that from June 15, 2015, timings for booking of Tatkal tickets will be staggered for AC & non-AC classes to 1000 hours onwards and 1100 hours onwards respectively. Also, all types of ticketing agents (YTSK, RTSAs, IRCTC agents, etc.) will now be debarred from booking tickets during the first 30 minutes of opening of booking i.e. from 0800 to 0830 hours for general bookings, and from 1000 to 1030 hours & 1100 to 1130 hours for Tatkal booking in AC & non-AC classes respectively. Hence, now the reservation under Tatkal scheme will open at 1000 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station for AC classes whereas that for non-AC classes will start at 1100 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station.


Lufthansa’s announcement of additional surcharge leaves industry disappointed


German airline, Lufthansa Group’s (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Swiss International Air Lines) decision to add a fee of EUR 16 to every GDS booking starting September 1, 2015, has created ripples in the travel and tourism industry globally. The airlines will not add the ‘Distribution Cost Charge’ (DCC) to tickets purchased through their own websites or at its service centres and ticket counters at airports. This new cost was announced recently by the airline. Lufthansa, according to reports, has said the GDS has limited booking functionality and that “innovative ancillary services
and enhanced price options require suitable sales technology”.

According to a statement by Amadeus, “Travellers are looking for consistency, transparency and choice across all channels, and we as an industry can deliver that best by connecting and integrating all players. Lufthansa Group have chosen a different direction by introducing charges that will penalise travellers based on the shopping channel they use. Travellers will either pay more for the same service, or, in the case that travel agencies are forced to accept this new commercial strategy by modifying the way they access content just for Lufthansa, there will be extra IT costs that may ultimately be
passed on to the traveller, putting the travel agent, and/or the end consumer, at a disadvantage. Also, this new model will make comparison and transparency more difficult because travellers will now be forced to go to multiple channels to search
for the best fares. Ultimately, the industry overall stands to lose from this distribution model.”

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Air India seals codeshare alliance with Air New Zealand, Avianca


Providing a seamless connectivity to its passengers bound for New Zealand and Colombia, national carrier Air India has sewed up a codeshare alliance with Air New Zealand and Avianca.

The two partnerships were sealed during the 71st Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Miami, early this week.

Both Air New Zealand and Avianca are part of the global airlines group Star Alliance, of which Air India is also a member.

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DGCA warns Air India on mandatory equipment list


Aviation regulator DGCA has warned national carrier Air India not to fly any of its Airbus A319 planes unless it carries onboard a revised copy of the mandatory minimum equipment list.

The issue came to the notice during a Directorate General of Civil Aviation inspection of one of its planes at Mumbai Airport, in which the Flight Operations Inspector found the aircraft having an old version of the document onboard.

Air India, however, said that it has taken “rectified” the mistake, after it received the DGCA communication on the issue.

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NBCC exploring re-development around New Delhi Railway Station


State-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) today said it has formed partnership with a Malaysian joint venture firm for exploring areas for re-development around New Delhi Railway Station.

In a filing to the BSE, NBCC said it has “formed strategic partnership by executing Memorandum of Business Exploration on June 10, 2015 with Malaysian Joint Venture Company China Railway Engineering Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd & Amona Group for exploring further areas of re-development around New Delhi Railway Station.”

NBCC said the government intends to develop smart cities and re-development of existing cities, including improvement of quality of civic amenities.