Aviation Fuel prices down in India

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Wed, 01 Feb 2012 08:27:09 GMT

Jet fuel price cut by Rs 1,974 a kilolitre

State-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) Tuesday cut aviation fuel prices by Rs 1,974.29 or 3.04 percent a kilolitre (kl), effective from midnight Wednesday, as an appreciating rupee against the dollar made imports cheaper.
With this, the price of air turbine fuel (ATF) at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport will come down from Rs.64,882.11 to Rs.62,907.82 a kl.

Just a fortnight ago, Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum had raised the price by 2.86 percent or Rs.1,805.44 per kl.

The rupee appreciated to Rs.49.50 per dollar from over Rs.52 per dollar a fortnight ago.

The latest cut is expected to reduce the burden on the aviation industry, with many airlines incurring losses due to the high cost of jet fuel.

“Any reduction in ATF prices is a welcome step. But there is still a long way to go in rationalizing our domestic ATF prices which are nearly 50-60 percent higher than that in our competing markets like Middle East and Southeast Asia,” Amber Dubey, director, aviation, at consultancy firm KPMG told IANS.

The ATF price accounts for nearly 50 percent of the operating cost of an airline. Jet fuel prices also vary from state to state which levy sales tax on the ATF in the region of 3 to 35 percent.

The OMCs revise ATF prices on every 1st and 16th of the month based on the average international crude oil price during the fortnight.

Source: IANS

My Yatra Chardham by Helicopter

Yatra Chardham in Uttrakhand Himalyas is one of the wishes of any Sanatan Hindu, it is the salvation of soul , our life of birth and rebirth is free from this cycle after making prayers at these places, the soul rests in peace or it attains the “Moksha“. Reaching by road to all four Dhams is long journey , difficult treks at Yamunotri and Shri Kedarnath , road journey from Joshimath to Shri Badrinath is very tiring . The opening of Helicopter services to all these places have cut down the journey from 12 days to 2-3 days it is a boon for the old aged and people with time constrain can fulfill their wishes.

The helicopter used in this tour were state of art BELL407 four seater along with the Pilot and Flight Engg. From Dehradun Sahstrdhara helipad, it takes 35 minutes flight to Kharsali , helipad is on the left bank of river Yamuna there is no motor able road from helipad one is to walk across the foot bridge to reach Janki Chatti, from Janki Chatti there is a 6 km. steep trek one is to climb from 2650 meters to reach Yamunotri temple at a height of 3293 meters, one can take a horse or Palanquins a chair which is carried by four porters . One can perform the puja and return to Janki Chatti and then crossed the river to helipad at Kharsali in 4 to 5 hours. There is a oldest Lord Shani Dev temple at Kharsali which is constructed like a fort made of stones and wood it is also called the Someshwer temple .

Flight from Kharsali to Harsil is of 30 minutes located at a height of 2623 meters from sea level , Harsil the Maha Prayag of nine rivers in to Bhagirathi and a temple didicated to lord Vishnu, place where lord Vishnu is in form of Shaligram at the confluence of river Jalandhari , Vishnu Ganga and Bhagirathi, we stayed at Harsil Retreat cottages next to the confluence , the Mah Prayag at river Bhagirathi, a beautiful village Dharali the last village on Indian side on Indo-Tebitean border is about two km from Harsil

Rishi Markandey Ashram which is marked by a white temple didicated to  Ma Bhagwati on the right banks of river Bhagirathi where he wrote the Durga Saptshati the first ever written text on the Godsess Durga .

After the night stay early morning we took a car arranged for us from Uttarkashi , road to Gangotri is 24 Km drive along the river Bhagirathi which crosses the Asia deepest Gorge near Bhairon Ghati , road is good, passing through dense pine forest and Apple orchards, except for few rough patches , before the temple there is an arched gate from here the main shrine is about 600 meters this temple is at a height of 3120 meters from sea level was built by Gurkha Army commander in early 18th century. the actual source of river Ganga is at Gaumukh which is a climb of a beautiful 18 km trek at a height of 4120 meters the Bhagirathi glacier which is fed by three glaciers namely the Raktvarn , the Chaturangi and the Kirti , the impressive Aarti is performed at Gangotri temple it is a stately affair on the banks of rushing holy river  Bhagirathi here, we return to Harsil for the night stay . Harsil is beautiful landscape full of Deodar and Pine trees with apple orchards and nine rivers ( Jalandhari, Vishnu Ganga, Bhim Ganga , Telangna, Lakshmi Ganga, Him Ganga, Pawan Ganga, Khir Ganga and Hatya Harini ) criss crossing and joining the Bahgirathi to form a Maha Prayag , from here there is a beautiful view of Mayank Parwat and Banderpunch range.

Mayank Parvat

Next morning after the early breakfast we reach the helipad at Harsil on the banks of river Bhagirathi it took a 45 minutes of flying over the Tehri Dam a lake a massive water body fourth largest in the world ,we change the helicopter at Phata and flew over the Mandakini river in a narrow valley to reach Kedarnath situated at a height of 3553 meters surrounded by snow-capped mountains , the main temple is about 600 meters from the helipad , one is to be careful not to walk fast here because of thin air low in oxygen can result in head ache and breathlessness.

deepest Gorge in Asia near Gangotri

Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jotirlings of Lord Shiva , the present structure is built by Adi Shankarcharya at the site which existed at the time of Mahabharta , Lord Shiva is worshiped of his Hump over ground at the entrance there is a Nandi Bull , it is also one of the Panch Kedars the body parts of Lord Shiva others are Tungnath , Rudranath, Madhmaheshwar and Kalpeshwer are in Uttrakhand while Pasupatinath is in Nepal. This temple is a massive rock stone structure fixed without the mortar surrounded by high snow covered mountains standing on a plateau in a glacier , there are several Kunds (pools, tanks) are known for their religious significance – Shivkund , Retkund, Hanskund , Udakkund, Rudhirkund are the most important. A little away from Kedarnath is a temple dedicated to Bhaironathji who is ceremoniously worshipped at the opening & closing of Kedarnath temple . The belief is that Bhairavnathji protects this land from evil during the time when temple of Kedarnath is closed in winters . just behind the temple is the Adi Shankaracharya samadhi , it is said that after establishing the Dhams The Shankaracharya at the age of 33 took the “Jal Samadhi” here. There is a priority darshan slip for the pilgrims arriving by helicopter at the main shrine .

It took about an hour and half to have darshan and to perform the pooja , we took our flight back to Phata where helicopter for flight for Sri Badrinath ji was waiting , 35 minutes flight over Rudra Pryag, Joshimath and having the view of Nanda Devi peak, Choukhamba peak and Hathi , Ghora, Palki peak we landed at helipad after taking a circle of the main temple which looked beautiful, from helipad the main temple is a small distance passing through the street with restaurants and shops on both sides, after crossing the Alaknanda river bridge is the main shrine , from out side the Blue , Red , White and Golden colour of main entrance, impressive gate look like a Budhist Mutt ,

This temlpe is about 1200 years old built by the Adi Shankaracharya to re establish the Sanatan Dharma which was being over took by Budhisim and Jainism , we were taken inside and seated just in front of the main deity for 15 minutes with the help of main pujari to perform the pooja The image of Badarinarayan here is made out of Saligram. Sri Badarinarayan is seen under the Badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. Mahalakshmi has a sanctum outside in the parikrama Lord Badari Narayan (also called as Badari Vishal) is armed with Shankh (Conch) and Chakra in two arms in a lifted posture and two arms rested on the lap in Yogamudra.The principal image is of black stone and it represents Lord Vishnu seated in meditative pose.

We were overwhelmed after completing the pilgrimage which is one of the life time wish of a devout Hindu in a short time of just two days which normally takes 12-14 days if done by road , the flight back to Shastradhara was an hour flying over the river Alaknanda ,

confluences at Karnpryag , Rudrapryag and Devprayag from here it is known as the Ma Ganga , flows onwards to its journey to Rishikesh and down plains of North and East of India as a holy mother giving birth to the civilasations and making the land most fertile in Asia before entering into Bay of Bengal at Ganga Sagar , making a world famous delta in the Sundarbans with mighty Bharamputra river .

All above arrangements were handled by M/s PROMARK TRAVEL SVCS PVT LTD NEW DELHI  phone 09810506646

About the Author

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[author_image timthumb=’on’]wp-content/uploads/authors/madhu.jpg[/author_image] Mrs. Madhu, Joint Director, Govt of Indiais currently in Parliament House Secretariat.She loves to travel to Religious Places in India.
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Major hike in air fares expected

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Get set for major hike in airfares

India’s state-owned airport developer Airport Authority of India (AAI) that operates 125 airports – with 86 operational airports – has filed a tariff proposal before AERA, demanding a hike in airport charges ranging between 100 and 400 per cent

New Delhi: India’s aviation sector is heading for a major hike in airfares as the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is consulting with stakeholders of major airports for revising airport charges, such as navigation, parking and fees for various airport facilities used by airlines, that have not been reworked since 2001.

India’s state-owned airport developer Airport Authority of India (AAI) that operates 125 airports – with 86 operational airports – has filed a tariff proposal before AERA, demanding a hike in airport charges ranging between 100 and 400 per cent.

Earlier this week AERA recommended a 340 per cent hike in airport tariffs for the Delhi airport, which is operated by Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) – a GMR-led consortium.

A top industry official said that AERA is recommending a three-fold hike in airport charges at the Delhi airport, which will set the trend for other major airports as well and push up airfares further.

“It is not only the greenfield projects (new airports) at Bangalore and Hyderabad and the Mumbai airport that will see multi-fold hike in tariffs, other major airports operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will also witness multifold increase in airport charges that have not been hiked since 2001,” said the official on conditions of anonymity.

Top civil aviation ministry officials said they have no jurisdiction over AERA’s recommendations or decision on airport tariffs.

AERA chairman, Yashwant S. Bhave told Mail Today on Friday that all airports have filed their tariff proposal with it.

“AERA will analyse the issues of the consultation paper, hold meetings with stakeholders and finally determine the tariff. If any operator is not happy he can go to the appellate authority of the AERA. Each airport has different aeronautical charges, capacity, investment and equity are different. Each airport will be taken one by one. It is a continuing process,” he said.

Under the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008, AERA determines the tariff for the aeronautical services, airport charges, ground handling services, passengers service fee and cargo at an airport, access development fee (ADF) and user development fee (UDF) at major airports.

Airport charges in India are among the lowest in the world and the charges constitute less than four per cent of an airline’s total operating cost, according to Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO), a global airport and aviation consultancy.

Airport charges in India currently constitute only about 3.25-3.5 per cent of total operating cost of airlines as compared to jet fuel, which constitutes 40 per cent of airline’s operating costs.

Foreign airlines have opposed the hike in airport charges at Delhi airport. British Airways, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa have said they would have to rethink their expansion plans, if the charges were increased. AirAsiaX, which recently discontinue few of its flights out of India and said the hike would impact its plans to make Delhi airport its aviation hub.

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www.indiatoday.in

Carbon taxes on Airlines flying over European Union

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EU imposes carbon taxes on airlines

The European Union has imposed carbon taxes on airlines in order to combat climate change and the fee has come into force from Jan 1, 2012.

 

EU imposes carbon taxes on airlines

All airlines flying to EU countries, are now obliged to get permits to cover their carbon emissions for the whole

length of a flight, as well as to monitor the emissions and to report.

They will get 85 percent of those permits for free, but the remaining 15 percent should be paid.

The EU has assured that the allocation of greenhouse gas emissions for the airlines will reduce their overall effect by five percent.

According to the European Commission, aviation accounts for about three percent of global carbon emissions.

Experts expect that the introduction of carbon taxes on airlines will lead to an increase in ticket prices for passengers,

from two to 12 euros ($2.5 to $15) on medium-range flights, and from four to 24 euros ($5 to $31) on transatlantic flights.

Source: IANS

Chinyalisaur Uttrakhand base for Helicharters

Chinyalisaur in district  of Uttarkashi is a small town in Uttrakhand 129 km from Rishikesh on Chamba to Gangotri road, it is just 34 km before the UttarKashi , there is shorter route from Dehradun to Suakholi on Mussurie Chamba road,  the importance of this town is not only it is situated on highway to Gangotri but also it is the river Bhagirathi  slows down and begins to forms the  Tehri reservoir to Tehri Dam .

 

This place is surrounded by beautiful Himalayan peaks , town is habituated on both side of  river Bhagirathi , the national highway NH94 and the airstrip are on the right bank of Bhagirathi. New Tehri is 34 Km from here and one can have a trip to the man-made massive dam where the old Tehri city is submerged in the deep waters of this dam , Chamba another beautiful hill station of Uttrakhand is about 42 km from here

 

This small town is identified by the state Govt to develop  an airport for fixed wings aircrafts , a one km long airstrip exists here , as per state Govt. master plan , they are to develop high altitude airstrips to promote tourism in the state,  Hiking and walking trails, camping venues and water sports will be developed around Chinyalisaur airstrip. Our operations of the helicopters to Yamunotri and Gangotri from here has reduce the travel distance and inconvenience of long journey by road to these places .

 

 

India’s first five star river cruise

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India’s first five star 29-cabin luxury river cruise ship to set sail on the Brahmaputra in Assam  this year  M V Mahabaahu becomes India’s first  luxury river cruise ship to set sail in the Indian waters. It is in the final stages of completion, the cruise ship will embark on its maiden voyage . The ship will set sail on the 29th November on river Brahmaputra  between Guwahati and Jorhat a weak long journey both up and down stream  The 55-meter long luxury river cruise ship will boast of 29 cabins across 4 different categories, 3 bars, swimming pool, spa, satellite communication and entertainment, a boutique shop and much more.