Suresh Prabhu said, “Some geographies have expertise available which are not seen in any other place. In case of Goa, it is the culture, a geographical indicator, but also something which is coming out of nature like its cashews.”
In May last year, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued amendments to rules for licensing of foreign pilots by domestic airlines, and as per the norms, the regulator asks the air operators to state the number of expatriate pilots phased out by them.
For UDAN 3.0, the government received 111 proposals from 15 airlines including existing bidders such as Air India-subsidiary Alliance Air, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Turbo Megha Airways and new airlines such as Andaman Airways, Aarya Airlines among others.
In 2018, apart from a push to regional connectivity, the Indian aviation sector saw airlines bleeding financially on account of higher costs and an inability to increase fares in a highly competitive scenario.
New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday reacted over the price hike by private airlines in the time of crisis. He said it is a matter of serious consideration for them as well as for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He further said that airlines should not increase their prices during the crisis period. He added that Air India has always played a social holistic role and acted in the same way during Nepal’s earthquake.
Panaji, Jan 27 (ANI): The Goa Government announced that heli-tourism would commence in the province from next week. Foremost tourist destination Goa will now provide visitors with an aerial view of the state's pristine beaches and forts. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar made the announcement on Tuesday after taking an aerial view of Panaji city. Parsekar and Parulekar were the first fliers of this service introduced by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and leading helicopter company, Pawan Hans Limited. Pawan Hans intends to fly atop beaches, Panaji city, old Goa among other sightseeing places. The company's chairman and managing director (CMD), BP Sharma, said if the popularity of heli-tourism grew among the tourists, the company would also introduce intercity connectivity in the future. Sharma added that all safety measures for fliers in adherence to Director General Civil Aviation guidelines had been taken.
New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Reacting to Karan Johar's remark that freedom of expression in India is the 'biggest joke' Minister of State for Minority Affairs and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said those questioning tolerance are ignorant and have no knowledge of Indian culture. He said India is the only country where the intolerance power is so high and whosoever is raising questions has no knowledge about county's rituals. Minister of State for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said no country is as tolerant as India. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari said ever since BJP has come into power, everyone thinks they are not allowed to speak their ”Mann Ki Baat”. He added that except Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who is supporting BJP, all the artists are against BJP's theory.
Trivandrum, Jan 09 (ANI): Minister of State (MoS) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on Saturday said that he was not yet informed of the situation on Air India flight delay issue. Passengers of an Air India plane in Delhi were delayed for several hours on Friday allegedly because the airline was eager to help out a BJP minister and two judges on another flight.