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1.New regulator to replace DGCA

The Union government is planning a new aviation regulator to replace the present Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). To facilitate formation of the new aviation regulator a bill is likely to be tabled in the Parliament in the next part of the Budget Session starting later this month.


2.IndiGo becomes India's lead carrier with 30% market share

As per the data of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), budget airline IndiGo has widened its lead over rivals. IndiGo touched a 29.8 per cent market share, the highest since its 2006 launch. Jet Airways (India), which used to be market leader for many years together with subsidiary Jet Konnect, was second at 22.6 per cent.


3.West Bengal seeks night flights at Bagdogra airport

In the wake of the nod from Air Force and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to extend flight landing at Bagdogra airport to 10 pm, the West Bengal government will send a letter to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air India authorities, urging them to operate two-way Air India flights between Bagdogra and the city. Plans of setting up a separate police station and pre-paid taxi booths are also on the anvil.


4.India to ease overseas flying norms to airlines

The Union government is to drop the condition of '5/20 rule' to Indian airlines by next November to fly on overseas routes. The government is to scrap the rule requiring airlines to fly on domestic routes for five years and to possess a fleet of at least 20 planes before launching overseas operations, say media reports.


5.India's air traffic up by 2.33%, IndiGo top carrier

Registering a growth of 2.33 per cent, Indian domestic airlines flew 51.37 lakh passengers in November this year, against 50.20 lakh passengers carried in the same period last year, says data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.


6.The state gets its third airport. Here’s more!

A license has been issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for setting up of a third airport in Odisha, in Rourkela. The decision is expected to pave way for connecting the steel city with the rest of the country.