Monday, September 24, 2018

Airlines to give views on Qatar, Singapore pacts

New Delhi: The government has asked domestic airlines to share their views on increasing flights to Qatar and Singapore after receiving requests from the two nations for enhancing the number of seats under bilateral air pacts, according to a senior official.
Qatar and Singapore have sought more flights to India saying Indian carriers have utilised over 80% of seats agreed upon in the air service pacts.
Under India’s new civil aviation policy, cleared in 2016, new flying rights can be granted only after Indian carriers have utilised at least 80% of the existing quota of seats allowed per week. And getting to know the overseas operation plans of Indian carriers is the government’s first step in the process of discussing more seats.
“We have sought views of Indian carriers on increasing flying rights quota with Qatar and Singapore,” the aviation ministry official told ET, requesting not to be named. “Any fresh negotiations will depend on plans by carriers to launch flights to these destinations.” The official said, “In recent times, the India-Doha sector has become a high-yield market, unlike India-Dubai sector where it is declining. Indian airlines, with limited fleet capability, are adding flights and have plans to add fl ..
24/09/18 Mihir Mishra/Times of India