Born at 35,000 feet

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 20 June 2017: An Indian woman gave birth to a baby boy on an international commercial flight as it flew at 35,000 feet, the airline reported on Monday.

The unnamed woman, in her 20s, went into premature labour on Sunday’s Jet Airways flight between Damman in Saudi Arabia and Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

“The guest delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet,” Jet Airways said in a statement, adding that a paramedic on board and airline staff helped with the delivery. Read more

India bans raging MP

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 19 June 2017: Indian airlines on Friday barred a lawmaker from all flights for unruly behaviour in the second case in three months against a top politician accused of abusing staff.

J.C Diwakar Reddy, from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, allegedly pushed IndiGo airline staff and used abusive language at Visakhapatnam airport after he was too late to board a flight.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, a lawmaker from Reddy’s regional Telegu Desam Party (TDP), ordered an inquiry into the incident. Read more

GST shock for Indian airlines

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 12 July 2017: Indian airlines will face additional costs as they prepare to pay Goods and Service Tax 1 July, but the tax bill will be even steeper for hotels and restaurants.

The GST has been fixed at 5% on domestic airline tickets  and 12% on international ticket sales.

Tour operators in India will pay 5% GST without an input tax credit facility. Read more

Marriott opens hotel in Kathmandu

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 7 June 2017: Marriott International marks its entry into Nepal’s hotel market with the opening of the Fairfield by Marriott.

Fairfield by Marriott has close to 850 hotels around the world.

Its latest addition, Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu, is located in Thamel, a district at the heart of the Nepalese capital’s central commercial hub. Read more

India’s aviation on fast track

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 6 June 2017: India’s civil aviation industry has emerged as one of the fastest growing industries in the country during the last three years, according to a report by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

A media briefing reported by the Press Information Bureau noted there has been a 19% growth in domestic passenger traffic from about 61 million in 2014 to 100 million in 2016 to 2017.

India is now the third largest aviation market in the world and destined to grow even further. Read more

Hertz trio sets up shop in Colombo

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Transport

COLOMBO, 30 May 2017: Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty are now operating in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, following the signing of a multi-brand partnership agreement with local franchise partner Andrew The Car Rental Company.

Hertz Global Holdings confirmed the move, Monday, saying it will give customers  a broader choice of self-drive vehicles according to their car rental brand preference. Read more

Lukla lives up to its nickname

May 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 29 May 2017: The co-pilot of a cargo plane that crashed at Lukla a small airport near Mount Everest, killing the pilot, has died from his injuries, Nepali officials said Sunday.

Lukla has been nicknamed the world’s most dangerous airport, but still remains the gateway for Everest trekkers and climbers.

The plane, which had departed from Kathmandu, broke into three pieces when it crashed in heavy fog while trying to land at Lukla airport on Saturday. Read more

India’s trains go up-market

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Transport

MUMBAI, 26 May 2017: India’s passenger trains are notorious for being rickety and spartan, but the government is hoping to change all that with a new “luxury” service.

The popular image of rail travel in the country of 1.2 billion people is of hundreds of people crammed into carriages, perching on roofs and hanging off the sides.

But with its reclining seats and “in-rail” entertainment featuring Bollywood movies, the Tejas Express may be getting the country on a different track. Read more

Everest claims more lives

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Nepal, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 23 May 2017: Three climbers died on Everest over the weekend and another is missing, officials confirmed Monday, in one of the deadliest episodes on the peak since an avalanche swept through base camp and killed 18 two years ago.

More than a dozen climbers have been rescued from the 8,848 metre (29,030 foot) mountain in the last three days after running into difficulties on the world’s highest peak, helicopter rescue operators told AFP.

The weekend fatalities appear related to altitude sickness and bring the death toll to five during a season marked by unpredictable weather, strong winds and unusually cold temperatures. Read more

India changes tourist count

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 22 May 2017: India’s ranking based on tourist arrivals monitored by UNWTO has improved, according India’s Ministry of Tourism, as the country adopts a different way of counting arrivals.

In the latest UNWTO ranking, India moved up from 40th and 41st (2014 and 2015) to 24th place following its adoption of the same counting benchmark practiced by other UNWTO member-countries.

India is now counting non-resident Indians for the first time since it started to monitor tourism statistics in the 1970s.. Read more

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