Friday, October 21, 2016

India may impose riders on bilateral air traffic negotiations with Dubai

New Delhi: A commitment on providing desired slots to Indian airlines at the Dubai airport is likely to become a key factor in talks to decide any increase in bilateral traffic entitlements between India and Dubai.

Negotiations between the two sides are likely to begin soon. “I am not saying anything on whether the increase in bilateral entitlements will depend on commitment by Dubai authorities on providing desired slots to Indian carriers or not. But this is going to be the key factor during the discussions,” said a top aviation ministry official, who did not want to be named.

This will be the first time the Indian government seeking such a commitment during the negotiations to increase the quota of flights with a foreign country. Indian airlines have complained to the aviation ministry about not getting desired slots at the Dubai airport.
Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had on January 3, 2016, written to the Dubai authorities about providing such slots to Indian carriers.
21/10/16 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times
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