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Vietjet announces first-ever direct routes between Vietnam and New Delhi

Vietjet has announced its operations of direct flights between India and Vietnam. The new routes are the first-ever non-stop flights from New Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. To celebrate the launch, the airline is offering super-saving tickets priced INR 9 onwards, during its three ‘golden days’ – a special promotion by the airline from August 20 to 22, 2019. Commencing on December 6, 2019, the New Delhi – Ho Chi Minh City …

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SriLankan Airlines connects South Asia like none other, says Chinthaka Weerasinghe

Regional connectivity, especially within SAARC nations, remains important for seamless movement of people, for business and tourism. Chinthaka Weerasinghe, Manager—Northern India, SriLankan Airlines shares his insight on ways to boost travel and Island nation’s flag carrier’s role therein. Excerpts from the interview: Talk to us about the SriLankan Airlines and its contribution in aiding to regional connectivity?   SriLankan Airlines connects more SAARC destinations than any other airline. We service 14 destinations in India, two destinations …

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Railways 2.0: Upgradation of infra, streamlining processes is our top priority

Indian Railways was going all out on modernizing stations, upgrading existing tracks, besides weaving a vast network of dedicated freight tracks to speed up passenger trains and improve the passenger experience, mentioned Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board. He also shared that the idea of mixed-use of stations to create a financially self-sustaining ecosystem was being pushed with fervor. Excerpts from an exclusive interaction at the Rail Bhavan.  What is being done by the railways that is impacting …

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Regional connect gets a booster shot; India to implement SARRC motor vehicles act, says Gadkari

Moving ahead with the government’s agenda to develop stronger regional connectivity, in the SAARC (South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation) region, India has embarked upon the implementation of a four-nation motor vehicle agreement mooted back in 2015, giving hopes to a wholesome growth in people-to-people movement in the region. The ambitious pact aims at allowing motor vehicles of all categories registered in three countries to move freely in the region. For the uninitiated, Bhutan had …

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India’s aviation infra seeks a rupees 2.4 trillion dose over the next decade to match demand

In order to create infrastructure commensurate to the projected growth in passenger traffic, the aviation segment is need of a hefty dose of INR 2.4 trillion investment over the next decade. As per an aviation report published by ICRA, the country would have to treble the airports capacity at an estimated capital expenditure of INR 2.4 trillion in the next ten years. India has already invested around INR 52,000 crore over the last decade at …

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Modi and Abe kick off India’s most awaited infra project: The Bullet Train

A long-awaited and often touted as India’s most audacious infrastructure project – The Bullet Train – is finally off the ground with PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to Ahmedabad. Aside the optics of bonhomie and camaraderie displayed with élan by the two leaders, bilateral agreements inked between the two countries has wide-ranging repercussions on travel and tourism in the country. Let us take stock of the churnings: The Bullet Train: India is one of the only …

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AI CMD Ashwani Lohani back with railways, appointed Chairman of the Railway Board

Not that Railway minister Suresh Prabhu or former Railway Board Chairman A.K Mital can personally be held responsible, neither can anybody assume that their resignations will eliminate any immediate chances of neglect or disaster. But, if they are meant to shock the system and act as a warning bell down the line, suggesting heads can roll if government functionaries do not wake up, such decisions can make a difference. To this extent, the choice of …

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Government must leave operating trains, infra projects to the private sector: Amitabh Kant

Speaking at India PPP Summit 2017, held recently in the capital, NITI Aayog chief Amitabh Kant strongly advocated the government to step away from operating infrastructure projects, noting that it was best left to the private sector. He also suggested letting the private sector run trains, instead of the government handling operations. Arguing that the government needed to limit its role to planning and development, he said that the government was incapable of handling operation …

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MoT to chair taskforce on connectivity; to rope in railways, NH and aviation, says Zutshi

The government has constituted a taskforce to be chaired by Secretary (tourism), involving ministry of civil aviation, Nation Highways and ministry of railways. The concerted push is aimed at creating better linkages between tourist destinations, improving ‘ease of travel’ and seamless connectivity.  Vinod Zutshi was of the opinion that tourism in the country was undergoing a paradigm shift, and the role of tourism in the economy of the country, not just in India but world …