Air India To Resume Hubballi-Mumbai Flights After A Year Of Suspension

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Source: Rohit Deshpande

Air India will resume its flight services between Hubballi and Mumbai from February 16, a year after services were discontinued in wake of the nationwide lockdown and suspension of flight services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The flight services between the two cities will operate thrice a week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Coals and Mines Pralhad Joshi in a Tweet said: “The Air India has introduced flights (AirBus) between Hubballi and Mumbai 3 days a week , every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Flights service will start from February 16th.”

Alliance Air to Connect Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Mumbai

Earlier this week, Alliance Air announced daily flights between Mumbai-Bhuj-Mumbai and Mumbai-Bhavnagar-Mumbai. The flight started from Monday, February 8, 2021.

Alliance Air, the wholly owned subsidiary of Air India will operate daily direct flights from Mumbai to Bhuj and back and from Mumbai to Bhavnagar and back. Flight 9I 625 will take off from Mumbai at 6.15 a.m. and arrive in Bhuj at 8.10 a.m. Flight 9I 626 will take off at 8.40 a.m. from Bhuj and arrive in Mumbai at 10.35 a.m.

Flight 9I 651 will take off from Mumbai at 11.25 a.m. and arrive in Bhavnagar at 12.40 a.m. Flight 9I 652 will take off at 1.10 p.m. from Bhavnagar and arrive in Mumbai at 2.25 p.m.

One of the biggest salt deserts in the world, the great Rann of Kutch in the Gujarat state of India is known not only for its natural splendor but for the Rann Utsav. Daily direct connectivity between Mumbai and Bhuj will provide seamless connectivity and convenience to the travelers visiting Rann Utsav.

Bhavnagar also gets a lot of air traffic from the business community. Option of daily connectivity with a metro like Mumbai adds to the convenience of business community making them more agile.

The airline will be deploying its 70 seater ATR 72 aircrafts on these sectors.

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Air India Disinvestment

Mint reported that the national carrier is set to witness record loss this fiscal amid strict travel curbs and border lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A news report said that the airline is likely to incur a net loss of 9,500-10,000 crore in the year through March, up from a 8,000 crore loss recorded in the previous year, a senior official said, requesting anonymity.

The carrier has never made a net profit since its merger with Indian Airlines in 2007. It posted losses of 7,982.83 crore (provisional figure) in 2019-20, 8,556.35 crore in 2018-19, and 5,348.18 crore in 2017-18.

The carrier is expected to post a cash loss of around 6,000 crore this fiscal, up from 3,600 crore last year, the official said. Cash loss means an entity is not generating positive cash flows from its operations.

In a written reply to a query in the Lok Sabha last week, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the government has provided guarantee support of 964 crore to the national carrier to raise working capital loans from Indian banks this financial year, while extending the existing government guarantee of 6,693 crore for working capital needs and $819 million for refinancing of aircraft bridge loans.

“In order to effectively prepare for divestment, the government (has) prepared a plan to bring operational and financial efficiency in the airline. This plan focuses on the financial and operational efficiencies so that substantial increase in revenue and cost saving could be achieved,” Puri said.


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