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Kurnool Airport inaugurated


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the Kurnool Airport, Orvakal, Andhra Pradesh in a virtual ceremony today.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy attended the inauguration at Kurnool airport along with senior officials and other important stakeholders. Senior officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) also attended the event virtually. Kurnool is the 6th airport in Andhra Pradesh to become functional after Kadapa, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada.

The flight operations at Kurnool airport will commence on 28th March 2021 under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN). Direct flight operations to Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam and Chennai will bring the region closer to the major hubs in South India. These routes were approved by the MoCA under the UDAN 4 bid process last year. The Government of India and the Government of Andhra Pradesh will jointly share the VGF towards the operations on an 80:20 basis. As many as 56 unserved and underserved airports (including 5 heliports+ 2 water aerodrome) with 325 routes have been operationalised under UDAN across the length and breadth of India until now.

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Vande Bharat mission brings back home over 67.5 million people


India's massive COVID-19 triggered evacuation programme has brought back over 67.5 million people home from abroad.

In a tweet, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that 67.5 million people have been brought back and the numbers continue to grow. He said, "It is not just a mission that brought back stranded and distressed citizens from around the world, but Vande Bharat has been a Mission of hope and happiness; of letting people know that they will not be left behind even in the most testing times."

India commenced one of the world's largest evacuation operations from May 7, 2020, to bring back its stranded citizens from abroad.

Initially, Air India and its subsidiary Air India express played a key role in the operations, followed by other air carriers who were allowed to take part in the programme.

Besides, aerial evacuation, naval ships were also used to bring back Indian citizens.

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Highest number of domestic flights witnessed since resumption


The number of domestic passengers on 28th February 2021 rose to 3,13,668 on 2,353 flights, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri said. He further stated that this is the highest since the resumption of domestic flights on 25th May 2020.

Total flight movements on 28th February 2021 were 4,699. The total number of footfalls in airports was 6,17,824.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic flight operations were ceased with effect from midnight (11:59 pm) of 24th March 2020. The operation resumed after two months on 25th May 2020.

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Hardeep Singh Puri addresses webinar on World Habitat Day 2020

Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today stated that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations Member States in 2015 is a guiding document for a planet and the people that inhabit it.   

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets together reflect, both the collective vision and goal that we have to work towards achieving by 2030, he said. 

He was addressing a Webinar on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2020 from Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi.   

Mr Puri said that all the flagship Missions such as Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban, the Smart Cities Mission, the AMRUT Mission were in implementation mode well before the SDGs were adopted by the Member States.  

In a country of India’s size, diversity and population, it is a staggering challenge to implement this ambitious urban agenda. "I am, however, both optimistic and confident that we will succeed. The essential ingredient for success in any endeavour of this magnitude is a strong political will. That is in abundance in this Government," he stated. 

"Today, the world is on the cusp of several inflection points. COVID-19 has exacerbated and aggravated the momentum. Status quo has been disrupted and most importantly, the world has been forced to introspect and course-correct. For India with a population of 1.35 billion, the challenges have been magnified. Fortunately, the political leadership, the bureaucracy at the Centre, states and the districts have risen to the occasion. The frontline warriors led by health professionals and workers have led from the front.  But India is resilient. We will come out of this pandemic stronger and wiser. Our cities will, I am sure, learn the right lessons and be ready for the future," Mr Puri further added. 

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Over 1 cr passengers have flown since resumption of domestic operations: Civil Aviation Minister

More than one crore passengers have flown on 1,08,210 flights since the recommencement of domestic operations on 25 May 2020, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed today.  

Mr Puri informed that on 24th September 2020 the total number of departing passengers was 1,19,702 and the total number of arriving passengers during this period was 1,21,126. He said that total departures were 1,393 whereas arrivals were 1,394 taking the total number of movements of flights to 2,787. Further, the total number of passenger footfalls at airports across the country was 2,40,828 in a single day. 

In the wake of COVID-19, the operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines were ceased with effect from 25th March 2020. These operations resumed after two months on 25th May 2020. 

Mr Puri further said that domestic aviation is moving towards pre-COVID figures. He congratulated all stakeholders on achieving this milestone in India’s journey towards creating an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. 

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Centre has sanctioned Rs 108 cr under UDAN for upgradation of 3 Chhattisgarh Airports: Hardeep Singh Puri

Government of India has sanctioned Rs 48 crores for Jagdalpur (expenditure incurred Rs 45 crore), Rs 27 crore for Ambikapur (expenditure incurred Rs 27 crore) and Rs 33 crore for Bilaspur (expenditure made Rs 20 crore) under UDAN scheme for up-gradation and development of 3 Airports in Chhattisgarh, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed today.  

Speaking at the inauguration of flight operations by Alliance Air from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) to Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Hyderabad (Telangana) under UDAN scheme today through a virtual event, Mr Puri said that this air connectivity will fulfil the aspirations of people of the region and provide impetus to the local economy. 

Air India’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Alliance Air was awarded this route under the UDAN 3 bidding process. The airline will operate daily flights and will deploy 72-seater luxury ATR 70 aircraft on this route. With the commencement of the Jagdalpur-Raipur-Hyderabad route, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has operationalized a total of 285 routes under RCS-UDAN. 

Meanwhile, Mr Puri today informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that 78 new routes have been identified and approved under 1st phase of UDAN 4.0 and Airports Authority of India, the Implementing Agency, is in the process of awarding these routes to the Selected Airline Operators (SAOs). 

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9.5 mn domestic passengers have flown since flight operations recommenced: Hardeep Singh Puri

As many as 1,49,371 passengers flew on 1,384 flights on 20 September 2020, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet today. 

More than 9.5 million domestic passengers have now flown since recommencement of domestic operations on 25th of May 2020, he stated in the tweet. 

The domestic as well as international operations had come to a halt on 24th of March in sync with the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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DGCA undertakes Special Safety Audit of all Scheduled Airlines

The DGCA is carrying out a special safety audit of all the scheduled airlines in the country. 

For the Airports, spot inspections at 13 licensed airports have been carried out during the monsoon season by the DGCA.

Regulatory audit of scheduled airlines is carried out every two years as per the Manual of Regulatory Audit. However, based on the findings during surveillances, spot checks, complaints, voluntary report and severity of occurrence, risk-based audits are carried out in the form of special audits.

During previous safety audits, DGCA had identified certain deficiencies. These were circulated to the airline operators for taking corrective measures. 

The deficiencies found include:

  1. Delay in taking corrective action in case of the outcome of the Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA) exceedance data.
  2. Non-reporting of the incidents/occurrences by the airlines.
  3. The Maintenance Control Centre (MCC) of the airlines were not adequately staffed with technically qualified personnel.
  4. Few of the procedures in practice were not in compliance with the manufacturer's recommended procedures.
  5. Non-compliance to workplace manuals, documented procedures and documentation.

The Action Taken Report has been submitted by each of the organizations. These were reviewed for effective compliance. The latest surveillances and audits have shown improvement in areas which include compliance of procedures, workplace manual, documentation etc.

This information was given in a written reply by Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Lok Sabha today.

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Air India earned over Rs 2,550 cr from Vande Bharat flights

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has stated that Air India group has generated a revenue of Rs 2,556.60 crore from Vande Bharat flights. 

"As on 31.08.2020, the total number of inbound and outbound special repatriation flights undertaken by the Air India group was 4,505," Puri said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha. 

"The revenue generated by Air India group from Vande Bharat flights up to 31.08.2020 is Rs 2556.60 crore," Mr Puri informed.

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COVID-19 Test for International Passengers

Ministry of Civil Aviation has allowed RT-PCR testing at the entry of the airport on a pilot basis to facilitate the transfer of international passengers. 

The salient features of the guidelines include the following: 

1. Airport Operator will create Sample Collection cum Waiting Lounge facility for RT-PCR testing. 

2. Waiting Lounge should be located away from the Operational area, should follow all sanitization and social distancing related guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, should have no unauthorized access, should provide necessary amenities to the passengers like Wifi, F&B options, washrooms etc. and should provide cashless options for making payments with regard to testing and various amenities etc.  

3. Airport Operator shall provide an option to the passengers to either stay at the Waiting Lounge awaiting the test results or to proceed to designated Hotel(s) in order to isolate themselves till the test results are available. 

4. Sample collection to be in strict compliance with the protocols established by ICMR and NABL. 

5. Passengers to do online booking of the RT-PCR test through respective websites or other appropriate online platforms. A well-defined flow to be laid down by airport operators for smooth conduct of testing at airports. 

6. Passport of the passenger to be retained by the State authority at the Sample Collection cum Waiting Lounge till the test results are available. 

7. If the test result is negative, the passenger will be permitted to exit the Waiting Lounge and proceed to the Departures to catch the connecting flight. However, if the result is positive, the passenger will be processed in line with applicable ICMR protocols by the State authorities. 

8. No passenger should be able to make an unauthorized exit. 

This information was given in a written reply by Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Rajya Sabha today. 

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