Thursday, October 11, 2018

India rejects UAE's demand for more flights and access to new destinations

Mumbai: India has turned down the request of United Arab Emirates (UAE) for an increase in traffic rights and access to new destinations in the country.

Civil aviation ministry officials held talks with their counterparts from the UAE in Mumbai on Wednesday and rejected the request, as the demand was opposed by domestic carriers.

A ministry official said no increase has allowed in seat entitlements and no changes made in destinations. He added the two sides might meet again in February next year.

In 2017, 60 million passengers flew between India and the UAE, the largest overseas air travel market from India. The UAE also accounted for 20 per cent of all international air traffic. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the largest overseas hubs for Indian travelers.
India has separate air services agreements with Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
11/10/18 Arindam Majumder & Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard

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