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Faulty Indian Policies Causing Damage to Indian and International Airlines

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India's faulty airline policies

It was a dream come true when the low cost airline business burgeoned in India, fulfilling the dream of flying for many Indians. Today is the day when there is hardly any contrast in fare between the low cost domestic airlines and state run Air India.

While low cost airlines have instead become high cost airlines, the five star airlines (at least considered as five star airline) like Kingfisher are facing its extinction. Is it Kingfisher’s awry business strategy or the government’s faulty policies that is grounding India’s one of the most popular airline? The answer lies in a fact that we will be covering in this article.

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, paid a State visit in Jan 2012, as a chief guest for Indian Republic day celebrations. The visit did what India had been looking for: bracing its forgotten look east policy. As a result, there were 6 bilateral agreements signed, including the treaty of transfer of sentenced person.

Though India’s business and trade ties with East Asian countries came back on the right track, India’s airport authorities gave a big blow to trade ties, by forcing Thai Air Asia and Air Asia (Malaysia) to reduce the number of flights to Thailand and Malaysia from New Delhi. The reason was high operating costs at Indian airports, that include high airport and fuel charges. Air AsiaX, a long-haul subsidiary of AirAsia, has completely pulled out from India for the same reason.

India already has a high sales tax rate on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), which is one of the highest in the world, at 24 percent. It is believed that these taxes are proposed to be increased further, making India a high cost market for airlines. Fuel surcharge alone is the major part of the total fare on domestic airlines.

Airport charges will also be hiked. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority has proffered an increase of 280 per cent in landing and parking charges at Delhi airport. The airport operator had asked for 774 per cent increase in the charges.

Meanwhile, one of Europe’s largest carrier, Lufthansa airline, has pulled out from the city of joy, Kolkata (Calcutta). Sources from the industry said that a lack of route profitability and unpredictable fuel costs have posed challenges for European carriers trying to operate out of Kolkata [Read: No flights: Europe drifts further away from Kolkata | The Statesman].

Following the steps, Austrian Airline pulled out from Mumbai on 25th March 2012, and Air France is reducing its frequency to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to six flights a week in its summer schedule. Though Airlines did not disclose a countrywide financial data, global profits of these airlines have come under pressure, due to increased competition and high operating costs. [Read: Austrian Airlines, Air France to reduce India flights | Business Standard]

In a statement, Austrian Airline said it was suspending its Mumbai flight, “due to the challenging economic situation.” The airline has suffered operating losses of $100 million (Rs 650 crore) in the past two years and is restructuring operations. The airline said it was focusing on Israel and Tehran and would ply the Boeing 767 it used in Mumbai.

Till date, the trend was that the majority of international carriers were delaying or cancelling their services routes to several countries, except India, even in the downturn, considering the country’s market potential.

“Now passengers are just not travelling, with companies resorting to video conferencing due to cut in the travel budget. Several international carriers are mulling reduction in the frequencies or pulling out from India,” said a senior executive with Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.

In another similar move, British Airways had suspended its flights between Kolkata and London Heathrow around 3 years back. The airline has operated flights to Kolkata intermittently since the 1930s and currently operates three flights per week [Read: Foreign airlines start pulling out of India as traffic declines].

“The decision to suspend flights between Kolkata and London has been a difficult one to make. However, the route is not making a profitable contribution to our business and we are unable to sustain it,” Amanda Amos, British Airways’ area commercial manager South Asia, said in a statement. “India remains an incredibly important market for British Airways and we continue with our growth plans on routes that we believe will be profitable.”

KLM Royal Dutch, Singapore Airlines, Air Mauritius and Finnair are also in the line to pull out or reduce the number of flights to India.

In the end, India’s faulty policies have not only blemished the business of domestic carriers but have also troubled International carriers that they had to pull out. With ongoing contention with European Union over Emissions Trading System (ETS), India, Russia and China might also ban flights complying with ETS to fly over their airspace. Thus, European carriers, flying to East Asia, will have to follow a longer path taking a round of Africa and then over Indian ocean, which could be economically unfeasible.

In a consultation meeting with Airports Economic Regulatory Authority, British Airways, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa said they would reconsider their expansion plans for India, saying the proposed increase of 774 percent in charges is very high.

Sanskar Shrivastava is the founder of international students' journal, The World Reporter. Passionate about dynamic occurrence in geopolitics, Sanskar has been studying and analyzing geopolitcal events from early life. At present, Sanskar is a student at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and will be moving to Duke University.

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Understanding The Risks That Come With Driving A Truck

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Being a truck driver is often seen as one of the easiest jobs around, with a lot of people assuming that this role is just a matter of going from A to B. In reality, though, the truck drivers that everyone relies on to transport food, goods, and other essentials have one of the most challenging jobs around. There are loads of risks that come with taking on a role like this, and this post will be exploring them to give you an idea of what the average truck driver has to contend with. 

Theft & Robberies

Many of the world’s criminals don’t plan their attacks. Instead, they will act when they see an opportunity, and a heavily laden truck can be a clear invite to someone who is willing to break the law. Truckers have to work hard to protect their cargo, especially when they make overnight stays, with many professionals in this field choosing to sleep in their truck to make sure that they don’t find themselves with nothing to deliver. 

Accidents & Crashes

Accidents are becoming increasingly common on modern roads, with more and more drivers increasing the risk that a truck will hit something. If you ever find yourself in this position, you can discuss your case with an expert truck accident lawyer to make sure that you can get the help you need. This process can be hard, and drivers are often left without their truck while they work to get compensation. This can make it impossible to work, making an accident the last thing any trucker wants.

Accidental Death

Trucks are usually very large, carrying huge amounts of weight around with them over long distances. It can be all too easy for a simple mistake to result in someone dying, with pedestrians and other drivers to worry about. Causing an accidental death can be almost as bad as doing it on purpose, with people often going to prison when this sort of issue occurs. Taking advanced truck driving courses can be a good way to lower this risk.

A Dangerous World

It’s no secret that the world can be a dangerous place, and truck drivers often have to visit places that are nowhere near as safe as their home to get their job done. This puts a huge amount of risk into the job, especially for truckers that carry expensive goods through places that don’t have the right legal infrastructure to help them in an emergency. This sort of problem occurs quite often, but this is much rarer than the other issues on this list, as many truck drivers stick within their home country.

As time goes on, the role of a truck driver is going to change quite a bit. Autonomous trucks are already in development from several key companies, making it only a matter of time until the largest vehicles on the road are largely controlled by computers. Until this point, though, you are going to have to rely on your truck drivers for the items you need.

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4 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

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We all know how important it is to take care of your home to make sure that it lasts for as long as you want to live there (and beyond, too). But, when it comes time to move, you want to make sure you can get as much money as possible from your home. To do this, you need to think of how you can add value to your home now, and here are four of the best ways to do that. 

Add Some Luxury 

Luxury is not something everybody wants from their home. Some people prefer the modest and rustic styling of a family home, away from all the minimalist nonsense. However, there is the other side of this, and for others, luxury is a dream for homeowners. 

There are plenty of luxury options available, too. These can include a home gym, a welcoming spa or large bathtub, or even an outdoor pool. You must research the best companies to install this, and find adequate Waterproofing and Concrete Supplies to make it a success, but whichever luxury options you add to your home, you’re guaranteed to increase its value. 

Make It Rentable 

If your kids have moved out and it’s just you, your partner, and the goldfish left, you can consider making your home rentable if you want to increase its value. Transforming your child’s old room into a place for someone to stay during their travels is an easy way for you to make some money, but you can also take it a step further. 

If you want to increase the value of one property, there are few better ways than to transform it into several properties. If you convert the upstairs area into an apartment, you (almost) double the property’s worth, especially if you’re in an appealing part of the city. 

Consider Curb Appeal 

Curb appeal is arguably one of the most effective ways to increase your property value without spending too much money. Often, it only takes a quick mow of the lawn and replacing the flower beds to make it more attractive. You can also add a fresh coat of paint that will make your home stand out, and this will immediately attract the right kind of attention, especially compared to the drab colors of other homes on the block. 

Expand the Space 

Renovations and extensions are two excellent ways to maximise your home’s value as they will immediately add more space. This is perfect if you want to modernise your home by upgrading the kitchen or adding an en-suite to the master bedroom. 

However, some renovations can be more hassle than they are worth. So, before you do anything, make sure you research reliable construction companies in your area so you don’t get taken for a ride. 

Boosting Value 

Improving your home’s value can be expensive, but hopefully, the work is good en0ugh that it adds at least a zero to the end of your property’s price when it goes up on the market. If you can’t afford a substantial renovation or installation, there are also small but effective options to consider. It’s all about what you want, what you can afford, and how much you need to spend on your new home.

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How To Offer Further Value To Your Clients

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It’s important to never take your clients for granted. That said, sometimes businesses can get lazy, especially when it comes to taking care of their most loyal. It can even be that businesses make riskier decisions as a result, or just expect their clients to follow them everywhere.  

If 2020 has proven anything, it’s that businesses simply cannot rely on the past to dictate their future. For this reason, moving into the new year can provide us all with a chance to consider how to make the most of our presence, and how to keep those who trust us as a firm around. For this reason, figuring out a few ways to offer further value to your clients can only be a good thing. Not only will this allow them to recommend you more sincerely, but they will retain their consumer confidence for now and throughout the rest of this year, which is never something to be taken for granted as everyone is having to manage their financial affairs more tightly.

But how could you achieve this/? Let’s consider:

Offer A Modular Service

It can sometimes be that offering a modular service is best. That is, changing your packages to ensure staff can buy what amount of your service or product set they want can be a great idea. For instance, if you sell desks, why not also sell desk parts so people can upgrade? This way, you can encourage purchases that may not have otherwise happened. It can also help you better appeal to more people, people who believe that a modular service is the essence of business promotional confidence.

Use Outsourced Help Where Appropriate

It can be a great idea to offer certain services that may go above your reach, just to go the extra mile for certain clients. For this, you might not have to completely refer them to another service. Using an outsourced helper, such as a graphic designer, printer or someone with technical or consulting capacity, can really help you deliver the best of the best. They may also help you better your services through advice and direct assessment of your services, helping you avoid learning the hard way. Contractors can help you out in a pinch, or serve as long-term aids. That can be a boon for many businesses through and through.

Listen To Their Needs

Of course, you can think up a million methods to help your clients, but do you actually know what they want? It can’t hurt to ask sometimes. This doesn’t mean the customer necessarily knows what they want, or how they are best served, but it’s worth taking their opinions into consideration when designing your future. This might influence you when making the tough decisions, or when considering your future marketing, or even if just wanting to determine who cares enough to respond to your survey. It can truly make a huge difference going forward.

With this advice, you’re sure to offer further value to your clients, and to connect with them more readily, through and through.

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