Wednesday, September 09, 2020

UAE, India should have open sky policy instead of air service agreement, says envoy

New Delhi: The UAE and India should have an open sky policy instead of an air service agreement between them, the Gulf nation’s Ambassador to India Ahmed Al Banna said on Wednesday, asserting that such a move would benefit airlines of both countries.

The UAE is India’s trusted partner and its investment commitment is a testimony of its confidence in the economic growth story of India, Al Banna said at a webinar.
The UAE is the largest Arab investor in India having a share of about 85 per cent of the total Arab investment in the country, he said.

“There exists immense untapped growth potential in many different sectors. The UAE wants to be the preferred economic partner of India and we want to work closely with India to improve on many different levels,” Al Banna said at the webinar organised by Vijay Jolly, President of the Delhi Study Group.

One of the most important aspect is the improvement of air connectivity which is yet another important economic growth catalyst that facilitates trade and tourism, he said.
“We have 1,068 flights between the UAE and India. More than 50 or 55 per cent of Indians who travel outside India, they use Dubai and Abu Dhabi as their transit points,” he said.
09/09/20 PTI/Print
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