Jet closure impacts air traffic to Tier 2 cities

first_imgAirports like Bhuj, Rajkot and Aurangabad (categorised as Tier 2 cities) have lost out the most due to the closure of Jet Airways. They reported the highest drop of 85%, 55% and 42% in air traffic respectively, while sectors like Mumbai-Delhi that had a considerable share of Jet flights at its peak is back to nearly the same number of flights.After Jet Airways suspended flights on April 17, airlines have been quick to fill the slots by inducting aircraft and adding flights across their networks. There are some airports which have been hit harder than others. While Bhuj reported an 85% impact, Mumbai was impacted 23%.According to data released by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Jet Airways operated four flights daily between Mumbai and Rajkot, while Bhuj and Aurangabad had two daily departures. Post April 17, Bhuj is now serviced by Alliance Air with four flights a week. Rajkot and Aurangabad similarly have a single daily flight by Air India.While airlines have taken up most of slots vacated by Jet Airways, Spicejet on Tuesday reported the highest loads for May. “For the 50th month in a row, Spicejet has flown with the highest loads in India. In May, our Passenger Load Factor stood at 93.9%. This is a feat unparalleled in global aviation industry and a huge milestone for Spicejet,” said Shilpa Bhatia, chief sales and revenue officer, Spicejet.Data analysed by aviation analyst Ameya Joshi shows the number passengers who departed from Rajkot in April was 12,896 down from close to 30,000 at the same time last year. “In Bhuj, the drop is steeper. It fell from 15,633 passengers in April 2018 to 2,269,” he said. Mr. Joshi pointed out that in the case of Bhuj, the impact is so serious that Nashik, Durgapur, Vijaynagar and Lilabari together had more passengers in April.Kinjal Shah, vice-president and co-head, corporate sector ratings, CRA, said that while the increased airfares have supported the profitability of airlines during the fourth quarter of financial year 2018-2019 and the first quarter of the current financial year, the impact on passenger growth did not bode well for the industry.last_img read more

OnePlus 6T, iPhone XR, Pixel 3, Nokia 7.1 Plus coming to India in October so wait if planning to buy phone

first_imgIf you are looking to buy a premium smartphone, October may turn out to be the right month for you. There are so many (possibly) good or even great phones that will be in the Indian market soon. There is the OnePlus 6T coming, possibly launching on October 17. The iPhone XR goes on sale on October 26. The Nokia 7.1 Plus possibly launches on October 11. The Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL too are expected in October. Lots of choices.Google will be launching this year’s Pixel phones on October 9 in New York. Google seemingly has a lot of surprises in store for its Pixel fans, especially with the Pixel 3 XL. Then there is OnePlus that can’t help talking about its upcoming flagship — the OnePlus 6T, which is going to be the first smartphone from the company to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The list of phones launching this October also includes the Nokia 7.1 and the 7.1 Plus, the iPhone XR, the Redmi Note 6 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Here are the smartphones launching in India in October.Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XLThe new Pixel phones are among the most awaited smartphones of 2018. Why? Two reasons. One, the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are going to be the official Android phones for this year. And two, the Pixel phones have always set new benchmarks for camera performance in a phone and we can’t wait to see what Google does with its new phones this year.Ahead of launch the Pixel 3 XL and the Pixel 3 have leaked fairly often. So we know a lot about these phones. The Pixel 3 may get a bigger 5.5-inch screen this year compared to the Pixel 2 from last year, but the overall design is expected to be the same. The Pixel 3 XL is getting a new design, largely because of its screen that will have a notch — a broad notch but a notch nonetheless. On the rear, both phones expect to sport a single camera, hopefully, that will be as good as the camera in the Pixel 2 that is best in any phone. On the front, both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are expected to come with two cameras.advertisement Image courtesy: Phone DesignerThe Pixel 3 display may have a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. The reviews out on some Russian websites reveal that the Pixel 3 XL is slightly than the Galaxy Note 9. The Pixel 3 XL is said to sport a massive 6.7-inch display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and run Google’s latest Android 9 Pie. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are also said to have a glass back which may indicate that the phones will support wireless charging, possibly with the wireless charger that Google may launch on October 9.The official prices of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are yet to be revealed by Google. But, rumours suggest the Pixel 3 XL will be priced around $750, which roughly translates to Rs 53,000, while the Pixel 3 will cost $650, which roughly comes around Rs 45,000. In India, expect the starting price for these phones above Rs 60,000.OnePlus 6TThe OnePlus 6T will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor which the users are going to fall in love with, Pete Lau, CEO and co-found of OnePlus told in an interview with CNET. OnePlus has already revealed a lot about the OnePlus 6T. The company has confirmed that with the OnePlus 6T it is finally ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack. The OnePlus 6T will come bundled with the newly-announced Type-C Bullets earphones which may come with price of Rs 1,490. Leaked images have shown that the OnePlus 6T will come with dual cameras and not three on the rear panel. On the front it will include one camera.Compared to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T is going to come with a slightly tweaked design. It may look similar to the Oppo R7 Pro and the V11 Pro because just like these two phones, the OnePlus 6T is going to come with water-drop notch. The screen will measure 6.4 inches diagonally, will use AMOLED panel and will have an aspect ratio of 19:9.OnePlus is yet to reveal the launch date of the OnePlus 6T, but indications are that this date is October 17. The OnePlus 6T will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 paired with up to 10GB RAM and up to 256GB internal storage. We also expect the OnePlus 6T to ship with Android 9 Pie with the latest version of Oxygen OS on top. Rumours suggest that the phone will be powered by a 3700 mAh battery.advertisementIn India, OnePlus 6T will be available exclusively on with a starting price of around Rs 35,000.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro has already been launched in Thailand for 6,990 baht, which roughly translates to Rs 15,600. We expect Xiaomi to bring the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India this month, even though right now there is no official word on it. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is a phone with a notch and four cameras.The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a bigger display than the one in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The smartphone packs a 6.26-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and screen-to-body-ratio of 86 per cent. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Note 6 Pro comes packed with a massive 4000mAh battery which Xiaomi claims can last for two full days. For the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi has opted for micro USB port instead of USB Type-C port. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with four cameras in total, two on the back and the two on the notch in front. The back camera setup uses with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel paired with an f/1.9 lens, and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing. On the front, the primary camera uses a 20-megapixel sensor paired with f/2.0 lens, and a secondary sensor of 2 megapixels.iPhone XRiPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are already available in India. The third iPhone launched by Apple this year, aka the iPhone XR, will be available in India from October 26 onwards. The iPhone XR comes in three storage models — 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The base model with 64GB will sell for Rs 76,900, the 128GB variant will cost Rs 81,900 while the 256GB variant will cost Rs 91,900. The iPhone XR will be available in 5 colours: Black, Yellow, red, blue and white.To recall, the iPhone XR comes with a 6.1-inch screen and uses the same A12 Bionic processor that is also inside the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. The phone comes with the same primary camera setup as found inside the iPhone XS, but lacks that secondary camera. It packs a primary camera with a 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 wide angle lens. On the front, the iPhone XR includes a 7-megapixel with f/2.2 lens. It runs the iOS 12.Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 7.1 PlusHMD Global is expected to launch the Nokia 7.1 and the Nokia 7.1 Plus in London on October 4. In India, the phones are expected to launch on October 11. Rumours suggest that the Nokia 7.1 Plus will come with a notch, while the Nokia 7.1 will sport symmetrical bezels.The Nokia 7.1 Plus will sport a 6.1-inch display with 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution and will be powered by an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz which could be the Snapdragon 710 chipset. The phone is expected to come in two variants — the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Nokia 7.1 Plus is tipped to come with dual cameras on the rear, with a primary camera using a 12MP sensor and secondary camera utilising a 13MP image sensor. On the front, the smartphone will sport a 20MP selfie camera. Both the Nokia 7.1 Plus and the 7.1 are also going to Android One devices.advertisementThe Nokia 7.1 will be a toned down version of the Plus. Rumours suggest that the Nokia 7.1 will come with a 5.84-inch Full HD + IPS LCD display with resolutions of 2244×1080 pixels and aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. The newly leaked pictures reveal that the Nokia 7.1 comes with Carl Zeiss cameras on the rear panel and the same is expected in the Plus version too. Image courtesy: Roland QaundtThe price of the Nokia 7.1 is expected to start at 350 euros, which roughly translates to Rs 29,700. This is for the 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage model. The 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version of the smartphone is expected to cost under 400 euros, which is roughly around Rs 34,000. In India, however, the price of these two phones is expected to start under Rs 30,000.Xiaomi Mi Mix 3Xiaomi President Lin Bin teased the Mi Mix 3 by posting a picture of it in August. He has also revealed that the Mi Mix 3 will come with a front camera that slides out when needed similar to the camera in the Oppo Find X. Xiaomi is yet to announce the launch date of the Mi Mix 3, but it has confirmed that the phone is coming in October. We expect Xiaomi to bring the Mi Mix 3 to India soon after the phone global launch.Ahead of the launch, a lot has been talked about the Mi Mix 3. Rumours suggest the smartphone will come with a taller display and thinner bezels. We expect the screen of the Mi Mix 3 to be bigger than 6 inches. Unlike the Mi Mix 2, the front camera of the Mi Mix 3 is going to be hidden inside the slider, which is expected to pop out when the camera app is opened. The Mi Mix 3 is expected to come with a 16MP primary camera and 12MP secondary camera on the rear panel. On the front, the phone is said to sport a 5MP camera.The Mi Mix 3 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 6GB/8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Rumours also say that the Mii Mix 3 will come with IP68 rating and hence is expected to be water and dust resistant. It is likely to run the latest Android Oreo-based MIUI 10. Rumours suggest that the starting price of the Mi Mix 3 in China could be around 3799 Yuan. In India, the Mi Mix 3 is expected to cost around Rs 40,000. This price is said to be for the 6GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of the phone.Samsung Galaxy A9 ProSamsung has announced “A Galaxy Event” for October 11. The company is yet to reveal what it is launching or what phone it is going to bring that day. But chances are that this phone is going to be the Galaxy A9 Pro. Rumours hint that this Samsung A series phone will come with four cameras. As of now, not much is known about the smartphone, but the launch invite notes that the Galaxy A phone will bring “more ways to express yourself” and will allow users to “capture the fun” which mean that it could be a camera focused smartphone.Honor 8XHuawei sub-brand Honor is launching the Honor 8X in India on October 16 at an event in New Delhi. The smartphone has already been launched in some markets including China, Dubai, UAE and Spain. In China, the Honor 8X has been launched with a starting price of CNY 1,399 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, which roughly translates to Rs 14,900. The price of the top-end 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model goes up to CNY 1,899 (Rs 20,300 approx). The price of the Honor 8X in India is also expected to be on the same lines.ALSO READ: Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, iPhone XS: Best phones to buy in OctoberThe Honor 8X comes with a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with 1080×2340 pixels resolution and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It is powered by Huawei-made HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC paired with 4GB/ 6GB of RAM and 64GB/ 128GB of internal storage. The Honor 8X sports two cameras on the back. The primary camera uses 20-megapixel sensor and the secondary sensor shoots 2MP images. On the front, the smartphone sports a 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 lens. The smartphone comes with a 3,750mAh battery.last_img read more