Thursday, December 28, 2017

GCAA says not part of India additional capacity talks

Dubai: Dubai-based airlines will not be granted additional rights to fly directly into more airports in India, after the Indian government reportedly rejected a request to allow airlines based in the emirate to fly to more airports.

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) had reportedly been in talks to increase flying rights directly into India, especially into the country’s northeastern airports.
A senior aviation ministry official, who did not want to be named, was quoted by India’s Economic Times newspaper as saying the Indian government has “decided against allowing any such access to Dubai. The request has been rejected.”
When contacted by Gulf News, DCAA was yet to issue a statement on the matter, and said it could not comment at the time. Meanwhile, the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said it was not part of the discussions, and thus, could not comment on the issue.

Airlines in the UAE have long described India as a lucrative market, considering the strong passenger traffic between both countries, even as India’s aviation market remains highly protected.
28/12/17 Gulf News