Wednesday, November 15, 2017

‘You name the city, we’ll fly there’

Dubai: With at least two more Indian carriers on the verge of starting international operations, Dubai-based low-cost airline flydubai feels this is the best time for the Indian government to have a relook at its various bilateral air service agreements (ASAs), including with Dubai.

In an informal chat with Indian media persons, Sudhir Sreedharan, flydubai’s Senior Vice-President, Commercial Operations - Indian Subcontinent, GCC and Africa, expressed hope that India will eventually yield and exchange more ASAs. Vistara and GoAir are likely to become eligible for international flights soon, he observed.

An airline can fly on an international route only if the country where it is registered has an ASA with the destination country. Normally such agreements specify the number of flights a week, the number of cities that can be covered and how many airlines from either country can operate on these routes.

India and Dubai have not exchanged fresh ASAs for several years, which means airlines from the two countries can only fly the number of flights allowed some time back.
14/11/17 Ashwini Phadnis/Business Line