Friday, October 13, 2017

Indian carriers eye flying slots of Qatar Airways at Dubai

According to a report by Nirbhay Kumar,in The Financial Chronicle,Indian carriers, hungry for expanding their operations to Dubai, are eyeing flying slots of Qatar Airways that remain unutilised after Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf nations broke diplomatic relations and cut all land, sea and air links with Qatar. Some Indian carriers have pushed the case for holding bilateral talks with Dubai and increase seat quota from each side. “Dubai aviation authorities have assured slots to Indian carriers. Getting slots at Dubai airport was the main issue flagged by Indian carriers. But now after the assurance, it does not seem to be a problem. The two sides can now hold negotiations for bilateral seat quota,” a source said.

With Emirates and flydubai exhausting all the seats available to them, Dubai has been pressing India for bilaterally increase the seats and frequency. It had earlier sought to increase the quota by 50,000 seats a week. The designated carriers from the two sides at present operate 65,500 seats a week connecting various Indian cities with Dubai Indian carriers too have used all the rights allocated to them and wanted the quota to go up but they linked it with Dubai providing more slots. While getting a slot at the Dubai airport was very difficult a few months back, it is possible to get one now after Qatar Airways stopped operations to the city-state. In a sudden move, some of the key Arab nations like Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen had last June announced to snap their diplomatic ties with Qatar.
13/10/17 TravelBizMonitor