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New Delhi: Air India Express, a subsidiary of the national carrier, commenced a tri-weekly direct flight service between the temple city of Varanasi and Sharjah on Monday.

Air_India_Airbus_A310-304_VT-EQS“It is a momentous occasion for Varanasi, areas nearby and the expatriate Indian community in the UAE which will now have safe, convenient and affordable direct air travel option,” said Mahesh Sharma, minister of state (MoS), civil aviation, culture and tourism.

Sharma was speaking at the inauguration of the flight service from Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport.

The international low cost subsidiary of Air India is offering both a direct flight and a hub-and-spook service via New Delhi on the Varanasi-Sharjah route.

“The hub-and-spoke facility will be instrumental in enhancing tourism as it will offer convenient connections to various countries internationally,” Sharma added.

The tri-weekly direct service will be operated on a 186-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

On the other hand, the hub-and-spook service will further offer options to other destinations like Jeddah, Moscow, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong via Air India’s connecting flights from New Delhi.

“It has always been our endeavor to keep in mind the needs of our travelers and upgrade our services,” said Rohit Nandan, chairman and managing direct, Air India.

To promote the new service, the airline is allowing passengers booked on the Dubai-Lucknow sector to a chance to rebook on the Varanasi-Sharjah flight at no extra cost.

To further sweeten the deal, the airline is offering the service at an introductory discounted fare of Rs.8,600 one way inclusive of all taxes.

Currently, the low cost international subsidiary of Air India operates 175 weekly flights, connecting 11 domestic and 12 international destinations.

(IANS)

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Air India deliberates creating no-fly list post unruly behaviour of MP

Shiv Sena MP assaulted a 60 yr old airline staff with slippers onboard a flight

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New Delhi, Mar 23, 2017: A Shiv Sena MP apparently assaulted an Air India airline staff- 60 years old, with slipper, at the IGI airport in New Delhi today. Following the incident, Air India is deliberating creating a no-fly list for unruly passengers.

A senior official said, “Air India is considering preparation of a no-fly list of unruly passengers on the lines of other carriers.”

Ravindra Gaikwad, Shiv Sena MP, who was flying from Pune to Delhi on an Air India flight, hit Sukumar, the airline’s duty manager with his slipper several times, when Sukumar asked him to unboard the plane after the minister denied doing so once the plane landed at the Delhi airport.

PTI reported the airlines sources saying, “ The lawmaker turned violent, tore the duty manager’s shirt, broke his spectacles and hit him several times with his slippers.”

Possessing a business class ticket, Gaikwad insisted on taking the airline’s early morning flight from Pune to Delhi, Flight AI-852; which happens to be an all-economy class flight. This stiked an argument between the MP and the airline staff in Pune, leading to the assault in Delhi, on landing.

In recent times, there have been many incidents of unruly behaviour by the passengers, across various airlines.

AirAsia, in the previous month, had filed a police complaint against two drunk passengers for creating a nuisance onboard.

In January, on one of its flight from Dubai to New Delhi, IndiGo had to tie down a passenger to his seat for being violent onboard.

According to official data, 53 incidents of unruly behaviour by the passengers have been reported by domestic airlines between July 2016 and Feb 2017.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), unruly passengers make the list of the top three safety concerns of the cabin crew.

As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by the passengers across airlines worldwide, which translate into one incident for every 1,205 flights.

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

 

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Air India’s Apology for Erroneous Article on Jagannath temple, says Non-Vegetarian Dishes served at the Temple in Puri

Shubh Yatra, the in-flight monthly magazine, published the wrong information in an article titled 'Devotion Can Be Delicious'

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Bhubaneshwar, October 29, 2016: Air India on Saturday apologised for publishing an article that said that non-vegetarian dishes were served at the Jagannath temple in Puri.

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“AI apologises for the error. Our intention was not to hurt sentiments. #ShubhYatra magazine copies have been removed with immediate effect,” tweeted Air India.

Shubh Yatra, the in-flight monthly magazine of Air India, published the wrong information in an article titled ‘Devotion Can Be Delicious’.

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Different organisations and people in Odisha criticised Air India for publishing the article.

“This is an unfortunate incident. We will take it up strongly with the appropriate authorities,” said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

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Members of Jagannath Sena staged a demonstration in front of Sri Mandir protesting against the report. (IANS)

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Air India to fly all-women operated flight this International Women’s Day

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New Delhi (dpa) – India’s state airline Air India is operating what it claims to be the world’s longest flight staffed only by women from New Delhi to San Francisco to mark International Women’s Day. A team of four pilots and 10 cabin crew were on board the Boeing 777-LR that departed Delhi early Sunday, airline…