Airline mergers bad news for passengers says US report

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Report Says Travellers Lose When Airlines Merge

 

By Bob Curley

 

Airline consolidation leads to less competition, fewer choices, and reduced service to rural communities, making mergers bad news for consumers, according to a recent report from The Eno Center for Transportation (https://www.enotrans.org/etl-material/effect-airline-consolidation-passengers/).

 

Airline consolidation leads to less competition, fewer choices, and reduced service to rural communities, making mergers bad news for consumers, according to a recent report from The Eno Center for Transportation (https://www.enotrans.org/etl-material/effect-airline-consolidation-passengers/).

 

The Washington, D.C. based transportation think tank said that airline mergers have helped drive a 15 per cent increase in traffic at large hub airports, while traffic declined at small and medium sized airports.

 

“Airlines typically concentrate their traffic in a few large airports because of the efficiency advantages of connecting passengers,” the report noted. “Passengers using small and medium hub airports could be worse off as airlines have reduced service in several smaller markets.”

 

Consolidation also makes it harder for new airlines to enter the market, further hindering competition, the report said.

 

The Eno Center used the findings to argue against the proposal to give airlines control over the U.S. air-traffic control system. “Privatizing air traffic control would give even more power to the big airlines, allowing them to further concentrate flights and resources at the largest hub airports, and restrict access for low cost competitors,” according to the report.

IndiGo and Jet Airways add daily flights from Kozhikode to Doha and Mumbai respectively

 

IndiGo and Jet Airways have added daily flights from Kozhikode to Doha and Mumbai respectively. Flights commenced mid July onwards.

Flight 6E 1711 departs Kozhikode at 1225 and arrives in Doha at 1410. Return flight 6E 1712 departs Doha at 0350 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1035.

Flight 9W 426 departs Kozhikode at 1430 and arrives in Mumbai at 1620. Return flight 9W 425 departs Mumbai at 1020 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1210.

Currently, Kozhikode airport operates domestic flights to Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi via Mumbai. Internationally, the airport operates flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Salalah, Al Ain and Riyadh.

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IndiGo and Jet Airways have added daily flights from Kozhikode to Doha and Mumbai respectively. Flights commenced mid July onwards.

Flight 6E 1711 departs Kozhikode at 1225 and arrives in Doha at 1410. Return flight 6E 1712 departs Doha at 0350 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1035.

Flight 9W 426 departs Kozhikode at 1430 and arrives in Mumbai at 1620. Return flight 9W 425 departs Mumbai at 1020 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1210.

Currently, Kozhikode airport operates domestic flights to Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi via Mumbai. Internationally, the airport operates flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Salalah, Al Ain and Riyadh.

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IndiGo and Jet Airways have added daily flights from Kozhikode to Doha and Mumbai respectively. Flights commenced mid July onwards.

Flight 6E 1711 departs Kozhikode at 1225 and arrives in Doha at 1410. Return flight 6E 1712 departs Doha at 0350 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1035.

Flight 9W 426 departs Kozhikode at 1430 and arrives in Mumbai at 1620. Return flight 9W 425 departs Mumbai at 1020 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1210.

Currently, Kozhikode airport operates domestic flights to Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi via Mumbai. Internationally, the airport operates flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Salalah, Al Ain and Riyadh.

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SpiceJet to launch third daily direct flight on the UDAN routes

SpiceJet

SpiceJet has announced its third daily direct flight on the UDAN routes of Hyderabad-Puducherry-Hyderabad, starting August 16.

The new launch is in harmony with the Prime Minister’s vision of enhancing regional connectivity in order to transform the lives of middle-class India.

With this addition, Puducherry will be connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Tirupati, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Vijaywada and Varanasi with onward connections from Hyderabad. 

Under the first phase of the Government of India’s UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme, the low-cost carrier has been awarded six proposals and 11 routes

Out of the six finalised proposals, four will cater to unserved markets of Adampur, Kandla, Puducherry and Jaisalmer while two will be for underserved markets of Porbandar and Kanpur. Flight operations have already commenced on Mumbai-Porbandar-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kandla-Mumbai routes from July 10.

“SpiceJet is glad to announce its third UDAN route and is proud to be a part of the nationalistic agenda of regional connectivity. The new flight will get Pondicherry closer to major destinations on SpiceJets’ network,” says Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president, commercial, SpiceJet.

It will operate its Q-400 aircraft on this route. The airline owns a fleet of 20 Bombardier Q400 planes, which can seat 78 passengers. 

Flight No.

Origin

Destination

Departure

Arrival

Starting Fare

Frequency

SG 1004

Hyderabad

Pondicherry

1000

1120

₹3,040

Daily

SG 1005

Pondicherry

Hyderabad

1140

1310

₹2,800

Daily

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SpiceJet has announced its third daily direct flight on the UDAN routes of Hyderabad-Puducherry-Hyderabad, starting August 16.

The new launch is in harmony with the Prime Minister’s vision of enhancing regional connectivity in order to transform the lives of middle-class India.

With this addition, Puducherry will be connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Tirupati, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Vijaywada and Varanasi with onward connections from Hyderabad. 

Under the first phase of the Government of India’s UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme, the low-cost carrier has been awarded six proposals and 11 routes

Out of the six finalised proposals, four will cater to unserved markets of Adampur, Kandla, Puducherry and Jaisalmer while two will be for underserved markets of Porbandar and Kanpur. Flight operations have already commenced on Mumbai-Porbandar-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kandla-Mumbai routes from July 10.

“SpiceJet is glad to announce its third UDAN route and is proud to be a part of the nationalistic agenda of regional connectivity. The new flight will get Pondicherry closer to major destinations on SpiceJets’ network,” says Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president, commercial, SpiceJet.

It will operate its Q-400 aircraft on this route. The airline owns a fleet of 20 Bombardier Q400 planes, which can seat 78 passengers. 

Flight No.

Origin

Destination

Departure

Arrival

Starting Fare

Frequency

SG 1004

Hyderabad

Pondicherry

1000

1120

₹3,040

Daily

SG 1005

Pondicherry

Hyderabad

1140

1310

₹2,800

Daily

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SriLankan Airlines begins non-stop services between Hyderabad and Colombo

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SriLankan Airlines has commenced non-stop services between Colombo and Hyderabad.

Operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, flight UL 177 departs Colombo at 0700 and arrives in Hyderabad at 0855. Return flight UL 178 departs Hyderabad at 0950 and arrives in Colombo at 1145.

The airline operates its Airbus A320 for this route.

Indian citizens flying to Sri Lanka are eligible to apply for Sri Lanka e-visa online.

SriLankan Airlines has a global route network of 100 destinations in 47 countries. GMR Hyderabad International Airport connects to 18 international destinations with 16 foreign and three Indian carriers, and to 35 domestic destinations with 10 domestic carriers.

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SriLankan Airlines has commenced non-stop services between Colombo and Hyderabad.

Operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, flight UL 177 departs Colombo at 0700 and arrives in Hyderabad at 0855. Return flight UL 178 departs Hyderabad at 0950 and arrives in Colombo at 1145.

The airline operates its Airbus A320 for this route.

Indian citizens flying to Sri Lanka are eligible to apply for Sri Lanka e-visa online.

SriLankan Airlines has a global route network of 100 destinations in 47 countries. GMR Hyderabad International Airport connects to 18 international destinations with 16 foreign and three Indian carriers, and to 35 domestic destinations with 10 domestic carriers.

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Air India stops non-vegetarian meals in economy class on short domestic flights

Air India has stopped serving non-vegetarian meals in economy class on short domestic flights.

The news came two weeks after the government agreed on disinvestment of Air India. With this move, the debt laden airline aims to save about ₹8 crore from its ₹400 crore annual catering expense. Air India has an accumulated debt of over ₹50,000 crore.

“This is an attempt to rationalise costs. We have also realised that this will reduce wastage to a great extent because we carry extra vegetarian and non-veg meals,” says Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India.

All international flights and domestic flights that last more than 90 minutes will continue to serve non-vegetarian  meals to their passengers.

Other cost cutting tips by Air India’s staff members that have been doing the rounds include the reduction of the number of inflight magazines and the elimination of salads from the meals of economy class passengers.

Air India was formed by JRD Tata in 1932 when it was known as Tata Airlines. In 1946 it became a public limited company under the name of Air India.

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Air India has stopped serving non-vegetarian meals in economy class on short domestic flights.

The news came two weeks after the government agreed on disinvestment of Air India. With this move, the debt laden airline aims to save about ₹8 crore from its ₹400 crore annual catering expense. Air India has an accumulated debt of over ₹50,000 crore.

“This is an attempt to rationalise costs. We have also realised that this will reduce wastage to a great extent because we carry extra vegetarian and non-veg meals,” says Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India.

All international flights and domestic flights that last more than 90 minutes will continue to serve non-vegetarian  meals to their passengers.

Other cost cutting tips by Air India’s staff members that have been doing the rounds include the reduction of the number of inflight magazines and the elimination of salads from the meals of economy class passengers.

Air India was formed by JRD Tata in 1932 when it was known as Tata Airlines. In 1946 it became a public limited company under the name of Air India.

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Emirates expands inflight wifi service

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Emirates has made significant changes to its inflight wifi service plans.

Effective immediately, all Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members, regardless of their class of travel, can use free unlimited inflight wifi inflight.

Emirates Skywards members flying business and first class can also access unlimited internet.

Non-Skywards members travelling in economy will be offered 20MB of free data usage, within the first two hours of log in. This has been increased from the current 10MB free allowance that was being offered.

Wifi can be purchased in 150MB or 500MB blocks, with discounts for Skywards Silver and Blue members.

Non-Skywards members across classes can purchase 150MB data at $9.99 (₹646) and 500MB data at $15.99 (₹1,035).

Skywards Blue members in economy class can purchase 150MB data at $6.99 (₹452) and 500MB data at $10.99 (₹711).

Skywards Silver members in economy class can purchase 150MB data at $4.99 (₹323)  and 500MB data at $7.99 (₹517).

“Today, wifi services are available on over 200 of our aircraft, and it is a service that Emirates continues to subsidise heavily. Inflight wifi usage, already popular from the start, has grown tremendously. Our new inflight wifi plans reflect Emirates’ commitment to continue providing this as a free service for as many customers as possible, especially to our most frequent flyers,” says Adel Al Redha, Emirates vice president and chief operating officer.

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Emirates has made significant changes to its inflight wifi service plans.

Effective immediately, all Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members, regardless of their class of travel, can use free unlimited inflight wifi inflight.

Emirates Skywards members flying business and first class can also access unlimited internet.

Non-Skywards members travelling in economy will be offered 20MB of free data usage, within the first two hours of log in. This has been increased from the current 10MB free allowance that was being offered.

Wifi can be purchased in 150MB or 500MB blocks, with discounts for Skywards Silver and Blue members.

Non-Skywards members across classes can purchase 150MB data at $9.99 (₹646) and 500MB data at $15.99 (₹1,035).

Skywards Blue members in economy class can purchase 150MB data at $6.99 (₹452) and 500MB data at $10.99 (₹711).

Skywards Silver members in economy class can purchase 150MB data at $4.99 (₹323)  and 500MB data at $7.99 (₹517).

“Today, wifi services are available on over 200 of our aircraft, and it is a service that Emirates continues to subsidise heavily. Inflight wifi usage, already popular from the start, has grown tremendously. Our new inflight wifi plans reflect Emirates’ commitment to continue providing this as a free service for as many customers as possible, especially to our most frequent flyers,” says Adel Al Redha, Emirates vice president and chief operating officer.

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flydubai to roll out new uniform

flydubai has announced the roll out of a new uniform. 

The new design will be worn by around 2,500 staff across the flydubai network; including pilots, cabin crew, training, engineering and maintenance staff as well as members of staff at the airport and flydubai Travel Shops. 

This is flydubai’s first uniform redesign since it commenced operations in 2009. The roll out of the new uniform is scheduled to coincide with the introduction of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8, which will join its fleet later this year.

flydubai has partnered with A. Ronai LLC, a Dubai based hospitality supplier, to create this new look. 

The Dubai-based carrier operates a fleet of 58 Next-Generation Boeing 737- 800 across 94 destinations in 44 countries.

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flydubai has announced the roll out of a new uniform. 

The new design will be worn by around 2,500 staff across the flydubai network; including pilots, cabin crew, training, engineering and maintenance staff as well as members of staff at the airport and flydubai Travel Shops. 

This is flydubai’s first uniform redesign since it commenced operations in 2009. The roll out of the new uniform is scheduled to coincide with the introduction of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8, which will join its fleet later this year.

flydubai has partnered with A. Ronai LLC, a Dubai based hospitality supplier, to create this new look. 

The Dubai-based carrier operates a fleet of 58 Next-Generation Boeing 737- 800 across 94 destinations in 44 countries.

flydubai.com

Electronics ban lifted for flights from Dubai and Istanbul to the US

Emirates and Turkish Airlines have made an official announcements regarding lifting ban on electronic items from Dubai and Istanbul to the US.

Attributed to an Emirates spokesperson: “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA. Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights.”

“We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place.”

 Turkish Airlines’ website has been updated: “If you are travelling to US from İstanbul Atatürk Airport , you can carry your all electronic devices on board.”

The statement comes three day after Etihad Airways’ announcement that US-bound passengers can now carry their electronic devices on-board flights from Abu Dhabi.

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Emirates and Turkish Airlines have made an official announcements regarding lifting ban on electronic items from Dubai and Istanbul to the US.

Attributed to an Emirates spokesperson: “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA. Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights.”

“We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place.”

 Turkish Airlines’ website has been updated: “If you are travelling to US from İstanbul Atatürk Airport , you can carry your all electronic devices on board.”

The statement comes three day after Etihad Airways’ announcement that US-bound passengers can now carry their electronic devices on-board flights from Abu Dhabi.

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AirAsia India expands network

AirAsia India

AirAsia India has announced the addition of new routes.

It has added Bhubaneswar to its network of destinations. The airline will now connect the city in Orissa to Bengaluru and Kolkata.

AirAsia India has also added additional routes connecting New Delhi, Jaipur and Bagdogra to Kolkata. New routes are effective August 1, 2017 onwards.

“With our group airline AirAsia Berhad operating from Bhubaneshwar, we saw a huge potential for AirAsia India and are glad to provide connectivity to some of the key and underserved routes,” says Amar Abrol, chief operating officer at AirAsia India.

The AirAsia Berhad-Tata Sons airline has also announced the addition of four new aircraft to its fleet of ten A320s by October this year. Abrol stressed on his ambitious plans of raising this number to 20 by October 2018. “Our focus is not only on increasing routes but on increasing frequency and gaining market share in the routes we operate in,”  he said.

Timings of new routes can be found on airasia.com.

AirAsia India has announced the addition of new routes.

It has added Bhubaneswar to its network of destinations. The airline will now connect the city in Orissa to Bengaluru and Kolkata.

AirAsia India has also added additional routes connecting New Delhi, Jaipur and Bagdogra to Kolkata. New routes are effective August 1, 2017 onwards.

“With our group airline AirAsia Berhad operating from Bhubaneshwar, we saw a huge potential for AirAsia India and are glad to provide connectivity to some of the key and underserved routes,” says Amar Abrol, chief operating officer at AirAsia India.

The AirAsia Berhad-Tata Sons airline has also announced the addition of four new aircraft to its fleet of ten A320s by October this year. Abrol stressed on his ambitious plans of raising this number to 20 by October 2018. “Our focus is not only on increasing routes but on increasing frequency and gaining market share in the routes we operate in,”  he said.

Timings of new routes can be found on airasia.com.