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Vistara today operated India’s first flight with pilots and cabin crew fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The special flight departed Delhi for Mumbai operated by crew that have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vistara plans to operate more such flights in the coming days as their number of fully vaccinated staff increases.

Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer, Vistara, said, “Vaccination is the best known defence against the pandemic that is helping the world get back to normalcy, subsequently aiding the recovery of the aviation industry. We have been consistently getting our staff vaccinated in our endeavour to ensure safety for them, their families and our customers whom they serve. This special flight operated by our fully vaccinated cabin crew and pilots is a sign of our continued commitment towards making ‘flying feel safe again’.”

The airline recently announced that it had got nearly 100% of its eligible employees vaccinated with at least their first doses.

Tripjack recently introduces new Rail product to further empower travel agents across India with robust technology solutions.

A statement from the company said, “We are very happy with the progress we have made together as a team, and even after the lockdown we have put our head down and worked hard to deliver the best for our agents.”

Further stating, “Tripjack Rail is by far the best product available for agents. We have focused on building a seamless user experience which allows us to be the first travel company to have an end-to-end mobile booking solution for trains. Agents can now book unlimited IRCTC train tickets, get instant cancellation & refund facility, and increase their income. We encourage all partners to sign up on tripjack.com for the trains product, and you can start your flights, hotels, rail, insurance, and visa business in less than two days. We are very excited for the bright future ahead and look forward to growing even faster as we enter the recovery phase post-pandemic. There’s a lot more to come from us, so stay tuned.”

The group recently took an important step towards the health and safety of its employees. With the completion of its vaccination drive, we urge each and everyone to take this necessary step towards ending this pandemic.

As travel begins, vaccination will become an important criterion.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA) of Government of India for development of Sea Plane services in India was signed today. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri were present during the MoU signing ceremony held today.

Signing of this MoU is a major milestone for making seaplanes project a reality very soon. This MoU envisages development of Non-Scheduled/Scheduled operation of seaplane services within territorial jurisdiction of India under RCS-UDAN scheme of government of India.

As per MoU, a Co-ordination Committee with officials of the MoCA, MoPSW and Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is to be set up for timely completion of operationalisation of seaplane services at various locations. MoCA, MoPSW, SDCL will consider operationalising of Seaplane operating routes as identified/suggested by all agencies.

MoPSW would identify and develop waterfront infrastructure of Aerodromes/ locations and obtain required statutory clearances /approvals in coordination with MoCA, DGCA and AAI by defining the timelines for all activities involved in the development of facilities for starting seaplanes operations.

MoCA would carry out bidding and select potential airlines operators based on their commercial consideration through bidding process, incorporate the locations/routes as identified by MoPSW & routes identified through bidding process in UDAN scheme document. MoCA is also obliged to provide funds/financial support in respect of water aerodromes awarded under RCS-UDAN scheme and coordinate with Chief Secretaries of all States for the Seaplanes operations.     

On the occasion, Puri stated that this MoU between the two Ministries will help in expediting the development of new water aerodromes and also operationalization of new seaplane routes in India.  He further stated that this will give a big fillip to the provision of a new kind of tourism service in India.

Speaking on this occasion, Mandaviya stated that signing of this MoU will be a game changer both for Indian Maritime and Civil Aviation sector as it will not only enhance seamless connectivity across the nation by promoting eco-friendly transportation through Seaplanes but also give a boost to the tourism industry”.

Easy Trip Planners has reported total income of Rs.69.28 crores during the period ended March 31, 2021 as compared to Rs.47.17 crores during the period ended December 31, 2020.

The company has posted net profit of Rs.30.46 crores for the period ended March 31, 2021 as against net profit of Rs.21.88 crores for the period ended December 31, 2020.

The company reported total income of Rs.40.37 crores during the period ended March 31, 2020. It posted net profit of Rs.3.38 crores for the period ended March 31, 2020.

Easy Trip Planners has reported total income of Rs.150.75 crores during the 12 months period ended March 31, 2021 as compared to Rs.181.01 crores during the 12 months period ended March 31, 2020.

The company has posted net profit of Rs.61.01 crores for the 12 months period ended March 31, 2021 as against net profit of Rs. 32.98 crores for the 12 months period ended March 31, 2020.

flydubai has announced the start of flights to Budapest and Ljubljana. The carrier will operate three weekly flights to Ljubljana from 24 September and four weekly flights to Budapest from 30 September. 

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “As demand for travel continues to increase, Budapest and Ljubljana are welcome additions to our growing network. With more countries lifting restrictions on international travel, we look forward to providing passengers with more options for travel this year following the launch of our wide range of summer destinations.”

Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai said: “We are pleased to see our network in Europe grow further with the start of operations to Budapest and Ljubljana. These destinations have much to offer and give travellers the chance to explore new places that will help stimulate flows of travel and tourism, particularly after a time when our customers haven’t been able to travel as much as they would have liked. Passengers travelling from these destinations will also have the opportunity to explore Dubai and beyond on our network.”

With international travel restrictions gradually easing, flydubai has grown its network to over 80 destinations including several seasonal summer routes such as Bodrum and Trabzon in Turkey, Batumi in Georgia, Mykonos and Santorini in Greece, Tivat in Montenegro and Naples in Italy.

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has appointed Deveekaa Nijhawan to head the International PR and Communications team to assist in marketing the destination in key markets such as India, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and United Arab Emirates with a focus on engaging and penetrating travel trade and consumer media.

Deveekaa is a senior PR professional with over 10 years’ experience in PR & Communications in the hospitality sector.

As part of the national strategy, Qatar National Vision 2030, QNTC is on a journey to welcome six million visitors a year by 2030, by improving and expanding the country’s tourism proposition with visitor experience at its core. Deveekaa will support the international marketing strategy, while Qatar continues to grow and improve tourism assets, enhance the end-to-end customer experience and invest in service excellence across every touchpoint. Deveekaa will execute QNTC’s tailored global communications campaigns, with a focus in key markets.

Tamara Leisure Experiences has announced the appointment of Debopriyo Sen as their National Head of Sales for the group. Debopriyo has over 15+ years of expertise in sales, strategic planning, marketing and team management with leading hospitality brands like Taj, Starwood, Marriott and ITC Hotels.

Debopriyo’s core responsibilities at Tamara Leisure Experiences will primarily include planning and implementing the group’s sales strategy across its three brands ie. “Tamara Luxury Resorts”, “O by Tamara” (the group’s city centric business hotel brand) and “Lilac” (the mid segment hotel brand of the group).

Prior to joining the Tamara family, Debopriyo was associated with ITC Hotels as their Head of Sales & Marketing for ITC Gardenia, Bangalore for two and half years. He also worked with Taj Hotels and Marriott.

Thailand-based retail travel agency G.M. Tour & Travel has partnered with Amadeus to deliver differentiated and personalized travel experiences.

“Booking a trip is no longer as simple as it used to be, and travelers now need information at their fingertips which could make a key difference to them having a smooth or bumpy trip. G.M. Tour & Travel is happy to partner with Amadeus to transform our servicing processes, ultimately creating better personalization and seamless journeys for our customers,” says Kit Sananwathananont, Managing Director, G.M. Tour & Travel.

NDC is just one, yet critical, enabler in the larger vision of enhanced travel retailing. As we continue to rebuild travel, NDC is a key enabler to accelerate that change in the retail travel industry due to rapidly changing needs from travelers.

Ramona Bohwongprasert, Senior Vice President of Retail Travel in Amadeus Asia Pacific says: “We are very privileged to work with G.M. Tour & Travel to restart travel. Travelers today want something simple, clear and a personalized offer on one screen. With NDC, G.M. Tour & Travel will be able to leapfrog into modern retailing and they will be prepared when travel and tourism restarts in Thailand.” 

Jaipur Airport has been tirelessly working to ensure that vaccines, medical equipment and other essential supplies are safely loaded and reaching their destination on time of medical equipment and materials 24x7.

A total 683 boxes(20.59 MT) of Covid Vaccine,527 Boxes (8.24MT) of oxygen concentrator, 42 Boxes (475 Kg) of Oximeter,30 Boxes (542 Kg) of COVID19 Detection Kit, 08 Boxes (224 Kg) of Vaccination Kitand 85 Boxes (612 Kg) of Black Fungus medicines have been transported through various airlines from 1st May 2021 till 09th June 2021 through Jaipur Airport.

To overcome the oxygen crisis, a total of 09 emptyoxygen tankers weretransportedfrom Jaipur to Jamnagar through Indian Airforce aircraft (C17)from 26th April 2021 to16th May 2021.

Apart from this, JaipurAirport is also following all the COVID19 related guidelines and protocols as per the instructions of Central and State Government to ensure a safe journey for passengers.The airport staff makes continuous requests to all the passengers, stakeholders, visitors, employees etc. to always follow COVID appropriate behaviour and maintain staggered timing to minimise crowding. To create awareness regarding COVID appropriate behaviour, ensuring safety of passengers, theairport is also displaying instructions through severalelectronic and permanent displays at the terminal.

Jaipur Airport has also organised Covid vaccination camp for employees of AAI and other stakeholders in collaboration and support from Govt. of Rajasthan, taking all safety measures into consideration. Total 09 Vaccination camps were organised at Jaipur Airport in May and June 21 in which around 2000 beneficiaries got vaccinated.

Sabre Corporation has teamed up with travel risk management platform GOPASS Global to help deliver its game-changing COVID-19 biosecurity risk analytics capabilities to the travel industry.

GOPASS Global solutions helps to recommence travel with confidence through the use of advanced analytics to deliver a single view of all of the biosecurity risk elements of a trip. Joining the Sabre Developer Partner platform will help GOPASS Global to further improve its competitive position in the global travel marketplace.

GOPASS travel risk management capabilities are now available to travel agents across the globe. By integrating with Sabre’s shopping APIs, GOPASS populates a quantifiable risk score onto each travel option and displays the information to agents, who are then able to better advise their customers. 

“For the travel industry to open up, recover and grow, it is vital that we are able to reduce and mitigate the risk of travel so we can instill renewed confidence in travel for both the leisure and corporate traveller,” said Mark Radford, CEO, GOPASS Global. “It’s clear leisure travellers want to know about potential travel risks so they can avoid or mitigate them. But this is especially critical for corporate travel as we learn to live with this pandemic. Companies need to ensure they are taking their duty of care to employees seriously when it comes to travel. It’s essential, therefore that travel agents, and ultimately travellers, have all of the critical information they need at their fingertips when planning their trip to make the decisions that are right for them.”

Powered by Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, GOPASS Travel Risk Optimizer provides travellers with an end-to-end analysis of all aspects of travel and their risk exposure in the cycle of travel, including arrival and exit restrictions, flight routes and transit, airports, airline and aircraft type, seat class and travel advisories.

GOPASS Global data also looks at country conditions such as infection rates, government policies and data reliability. Putting this all together, agents can obtain a risk score out of ten per flight itinerary, enabling them to clearly identify the lowest risk rates overall.   

“Sabre’s vast portfolio of services allows Developer Partners to create value across the entire traveller journey; from inspiration, and shopping to post booking so we’re thrilled to be supporting GOPASS Global as one of Sabre’s approved developer partners,” said Marcos Pinedo, Vice President, Partner Solutions. “GOPASS Global helps to simplify and shorten the shopping and booking workflow for agents by providing all information required at shopping time, helping them to be true travel experts for their customers and enabling travellers to recommence travel with confidence. Our new partnership with GOPASS Global is also a testament to Sabre’s ongoing commitment to breaking down walls in the travel technology industry at a time when collaboration is more important than ever.” 



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