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IHCL to double up in the Temple City of India

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has announced its second hotel in Odisha with the signing of a new Vivanta hotel in Bhubaneswar.

IHCL, one of South Asia's largest and most iconic hospitality company, brings together a group of brands that include Taj, Vivanta and Ginger. It opened its first hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903, and today operates 170 hotels including 25 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations.

Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and CEO at IHCL, said: "The signing of Vivanta Bhubaneswar is in line with Aspiration 2022 and our domestic expansion strategy of consolidating presence in key capital cities.

"Bhubaneswar has emerged as one of the fast-growing, important trading and commercial hubs in Odisha and eastern India. It offers immense potential for both leisure and business travellers. We are delighted to partner with Lifeline Multi-Ventures Private Limited for this hotel."


Vietjet launches new Hanoi-Osaka flights

Vietjet has officially welcomed its first flight connecting Hanoi and Osaka, Japan, at Kansai International Airport.

The latest route for the airline connects the two cities of culture and tourism while meeting the travelling demands of both tourists and locals.

On the inaugural flight, passengers were warmly welcomed with a traditional Japanese performance of Kagami Biraki.

On the return to Vietnam, passengers were treated to witnessing Vietnamese folk dances when they landed.

The Hanoi to Osaka route will operate on a daily basis with a flight time of four hours per leg.

The flight departs from Hanoi at 01:40 and arrives in Osaka at 07:50.

The return flight takes off at 09:20 and lands in Hanoi at 13:05.

This route also marks the first code-share service to take-off between Vietjet and Japan Airlines.


New parking bays to ease congestion at Tribhuvan International Airport

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is expected to bring two new aircraft parking bays into operation by mid-March next year to ease traffic congestion that has been causing significant flight delays. The airport authority said that out of the four new parking bays under construction, two of them located at the eastern side of the runway are expected to come into operation within four months. "These two bays can accommodate two wide-body aircraft like A330. Another two parking bays under construction at the southern side of the airport's international terminal is expected to come into operation by mid-May next year. They can accommodate two wide-body aircraft. The country's sole international airport has been facing a severe crunch in aircraft parking space, leading to flight delays. The new parking bays are expected to significantly reduce congestion.