Thursday, November 03, 2016

Dubai airport denies unfair slot treatment to Indian airlines

New Delhi: Dubai International Airport asserted on Monday that Indian airlines are treated at par with airlines from other countries in the allocation of flight slots, dismissing their concerns about denial of viable slots ahead of India’s air bilateral negotiation with Dubai.
“Time slot allocation is a fair process which applies equally to all airlines across the globe,” Lorne Riley, Director, Corporate Communications and Business Development at Dubai Airports said at a press briefing here.

“The allocation of arrival and departure time slots is based on the available capacity. The slots are administered by an independent company Airport Coordination Limited which is responsible for slot allocation at many other airports too,” he said.

Earlier this year, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had written to Dubai Civil Aviation Authority President Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum raising concerns related to fair treatment of Indian airlines in terms of granting slots at the Dubai airport. Voicing airlines’ concerns, he said that the Dubai Airport Authority has been turning down the requests of Indian carriers for slots or providing unviable alternatives.
03/11/16 The Hindu