New Delhi, May 13, 2017: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of the island nation, will add three southern India cities — Hyderabad, Coimbatore, and Visakhapatnam — to its network from July, a statement said here on Saturday.
According to the statement, the flights will commence from July 8.
“The introduction of these new routes, along with the scheduled frequency increases in its Delhi and Mumbai services, will see SriLankan operating over 120 flights a week to 14 cities, thus becoming the carrier that serves the highest number of points in India,” the airline said.
Currently, the airline serves key Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Kochi, Madurai, Varanasi and Bodh Gaya, and will introduce four additional frequencies to its daily services from Delhi and Mumbai in July.
The statement said the new routes will be serviced by Airbus 320/321 aircraft.
“These new routes are introduced with the aim of providing passengers with added convenience, seamless travel and easy onward connectivity from Colombo,” it said.
SriLankan Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, being the first airline from the Indian sub-Continent to join any global airline alliance. (IANS)
National carrier Air India on Tuesday shut its national capital-based headquarters, Airlines House, after an employee was tested Covid-19 positive. Accordingly, the building will be shut for two days for sanitisation work.
Under the safety protocols, work places of those employees who have tested positive required to be shut and sanitised to prevent the spread of the virus. The test report of the employee had come out last night.
“One of the employees attending office at Airlines House has tested positive for covid 19,” the airline said in a statement. “As Air India accords top priority to safety and wellbeing of its employees, the building will be closed for two days for sanitisation, adhering to protocol. All support is being extended to the employee concerned”.
In an unrelated development, five pilots of the airline, who had earlier tested positive for coronavirus, have now tested negative for the infection.
The new results were obtained after a re-test was conducted on the positive cases under Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the airline. The pilots had tested coronavirus positive when 77 pilots of the airline were tested on a priority basis on Saturday.
All the five pilots didn’t have any symptoms and would be home-quarantined in Mumbai, people in the know said. These pilots operated Boeing 787 Dreamliners aircraft, and were tested to be deployed for duty under the Vande Bharat Mission to ferry back Indians stranded abroad.
The national carrier has also been engaged in transport of essential medical supplies amid the pandemic. Starting May 7, Air India has been engaged in one of the largest rescue operations in the world, whereby 64 flights would bring back over 14,000 people stranded in 12 countries in 7 days.
Many Indians have already arrived in several cities under the Mission. (IANS)
The real estate market in most parts of the country has remained sluggish over the past few years owing to demonetization and other reforms by the Government. But real estate in Hyderabad has remained a hot spot for property investors at all times, irrespective of the downtrends in the rest of the country. The positive outlook of the Government of Telangana in terms of elevated IT corridors, aggressive infrastructure development, strategic road networks, metro rail, etc., has helped the city to keep up with its sustained growth rate.
The Pearl City of India ranks high at the livability chart with its world-class amenities and ample employment opportunities. Hyderabad is also one of the fastest IT and the ITES hubs in the country that houses the top fortune 500 companies. This has, in turn, fueled the real estate growth in and around the city. The city is one of the hottest spots for real estate investment in the country and faces high demands among home buyers and investors to buy a property in Hyderabad.
Current property trends in Hyderabad:
Many people look for a house for sale in Secunderabad,Narsingi, Kukatpally, Kondapur and other pockets that attract the maximum buyer inquiries during the recent few years. These suburbs in Hyderabad are the hot housing spots with more than 56.5% inquiries made regarding the availability of houses. It has also been found that the 3BHK apartments are in high demand in Hyderabad compared with 2 BHK and 4BHK categories. Also, there is an excellent demand for upper mid-level projects in the city. Properties that are in the price range of Rs. 71-80 lakhs are browsed up to 20 times higher than projects that are in the price value of 30-40 lakhs.
The best destinations for property investments in Hyderabad:
Buying an investment property is one of our country’s most favorite ways to invest. An investment property not only increased one’s wealth but also helps in securing one’s financial future. Some of the top destinations to look for properties in Hyderabad are as follows,
Secunderabad is one of the hottest destinations in Hyderabad that is filled with luxurious villas, houses, and apartments. It is the prime location in the city and houses a major railwayjunction and bus stand. Thousands of commuters travel across Secunderabad to reach their place of work and study. Buying a property here is not easy and could be highly expensive. People look for a house for sale in Secunderabad as their long term investment or to enjoy a high return on investment through rents. Investors show tremendous interest in booking commercial properties in Secunderabad more than residential plots.
2. Rajendra Nagar:
This is at a prime locality in Hyderabad and features a significant uptrend in the demand for residential spaces in the past few years. This place has many advantages such as, advancements in transportation, connectivity, superior infrastructure and security facilities which attract investors to invest in its diverse properties. It is very close to the Secunderabad railway station and the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Rajendra Nagar is connected with some of the business districts in Hyderabad such as Banjara Hills, Begumpet, Hitech city, etc
Investors looking for villas in Hyderabad choose Nacharam as their destination. This is considered a high investment zone in the city and is known for its excellent infrastructure, reputed schools and hospitals and other amenities such as shopping malls, hotels, banks, etc. This place is urbanizing at a rapid pace and properties here are priced lower as it is about 60 km from Hyderabad. But this is the hot investment destination for real estate investors owing to a range of low- priced investment options
This place is also referred to as the real estate gem of Hyderabad. Though it is on the outskirts of the city, it is transforming from a suburban district to a thriving destination at a fast rate. It is the new educational, industrial and residential center in the city and is known pretty well among the NRI investors of the country. Though this place lies in the affordable investment segment at present, it has excellent potential for world-class housing. Its social and connectivity infrastructure is also developing at a fast rate.
This place, also known as the green belt of the city is the best destination to book villas in Hyderabad. IT is just 11 km from the HITEC city and is the land for world-class educational institutions, health care centers, recreational zones, and resorts. As this place is close to Cyderabad and is easily accessible to other districts of Hyderabad, many NRIs consider this is a risk-free venue for residential investments.
Some investment tips for prospective investors:
Investing in residential or commercial property has grown to be India’s preferred and favorite ways to invest. A property should always focus on increasing one’s wealth and in securing one’s financial future. But this is possible only when one manages their investment effectively by the following ways and channelize the same in the right way to achieve their financial goals.
It is important to choose the right property at the right price
It is important to keep a watch on one’s cash flow
It is mandatory to choose a property from an efficient property manager
Investors should understand the market thoroughly and buy houses, apartments or villas in Hyderabadfrom trusted parties
It is good to check the age and the condition of the property thoroughly before making an investment.
Before investing in a property it is mandatory to foresee its long term view and manage the risks accordingly.
There are abundant and ample residential units available in Hyderabad and Secunderabad to meet the housing needs of its existent and immigrant population. But finding the right property at the right place is the challenge in choosing the ideal investment. This is where housing.com helps investors in choosing the best property at different locations of Hyderabad. It is possible to pick Hyderabad properties at housing.com according to one’s budget and investment portfolio.
International carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines did a recent survey to figure our how travellers are changing the way they search, book and travel. From booking with the aid of voice technology and sustainable alternatives such as rail services, to facial recognition technology at security its an ever changing world of travel out there.
The surveys shows that half of Gen Z and millennials consider how ‘Instagrammable’ their destination will be when booking. How many “likes” will it generate? The guarantee of taking beautiful holiday snaps is a prerequisite for 25.8 percent of them. The photos have to be authentic and taken by them personally.
Travellers increasingly use voice technology to navigate
Many people spend hours consulting search engines and browsing websites for their ideal travel destination. “Smart speakers” are assisting them on their quest, with more and more travellers finding their ideal destination and suitable air tickets using voice technology. KLM’s booking service, which is often consulted with the aid of Google Assistant, is attracting 10 percent more users every month.
Travel inspiration on social media comes from friends and family
Instagram is expected to keep growing as a significant source of travel inspiration. The role of influencers and celebrities as a source of holiday inspiration is declining more and more (14.5 percent). Also, more than 50 percent of travellers don’t trust photos of holiday destinations shared by influencers. Travellers mainly look at posts from friends and family (65.3 percent) or click on hashtags to seek inspiration from strangers (45.9 percent).
Combining air and train travel will become more popular
Sustainability is important and travellers are taking it into account when booking. This is why travel operators are joining forces wherever possible to offer rail tickets for shorter distances as an alternative to flying. KLM will add more options to its website to plan short distances by train. The guiding principle being that the combination of air and rail travel can be planned and booked easily.
Are you compensating for CO2 emissions?
More and more passengers are compensating for their share of carbon emissions. A survey* commissioned by KLM revealed that 38.8 percent of travellers plan to compensate for CO2 emissions next year.
Your face is your passport
Queues will be shorter at the airport thanks to facial recognition technology. Earlier this year, KLM conducted tests where passengers passed through checkpoints at security, lounges and boarding by showing a selfie in the KLM App on their phones, instead of presenting their passports. The KLM App shows passengers at which airport this technology may be used. More and more passengers will encounter this technology in 2020 when new tests begin. Naturally, it is up to the passenger to decide whether they want to try this digital innovation or not.
AI to shorten waiting times in unforeseen circumstances
Unforeseen circumstances, such as thunderstorms, can lead to flight delays. Artificial Intelligence (AI) helps reduce inconvenience to passengers by rapidly calculating how best to deploy available crews and aircraft. This will further improve flight punctuality in 2020.
Even more luxury and relaxation at the airport
All sorts of innovations will further improve the ways travellers spend their time at the airport. Transfer passengers will find sleeping pods in KLM’s new non-Schengen Crown Lounge or they can enjoy a luxury dinner at Restaurant Blue, with dishes created by Michelin-starred chef Joris Bijdendijk.
Travellers increasingly prefer to stay off their mobile phone while on holiday, or at least to use it less. On the other hand, they can’t go without a phone altogether. Around 50 percent of passengers would prefer to use their phones as little as possible on holiday, but also indicate that this is not always possible. Almost a third of passengers would like to travel without a phone, but are afraid they will find this impossible. (IANS)