Saturday, October 09, 2021

Piyush Goyal to Take Up Issue of Increasing Number of Flights Between India and UAE

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said he will take up the issue of increasing the number of flights between India and the UAE with the civil aviation ministry as both ways there is huge demand and there is a possibility of increasing flights under the air bubble. He also informed that the RBI has approved Emirates NBD Bank’s proposal to open two new branches in India.

The issues were flagged during the ninth meeting of the UAE-India High Level Joint Task Force on Investments (the Joint Task Force) here on Saturday. It was co-chaired by Hamed-bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry.

“They have flagged the issue of increasing the flights under the air bubble which we are operating right now. I am given to understand that all flights are going full both ways…..both ways, there are huge demands and there is a possibility of increasing flights under the air bubble particularly also in view of the Dubai expo. “Once I’ll get back, I will certainly flag this issue … I will certainly take it up," Goyal told reporters here after the meeting

However, he said that there are certain issues in the long run which still need to be sorted out between the two countries on expanding bilateral air transport arrangements, which will require the civil aviation ministries of both the governments to engage more deeply. Given the importance of air transport in facilitating bilateral ties and people-to-people connections, both sides agreed that their respective civil aviation authorities should continue to work together on a priority basis, for their mutual benefit, to ensure the speedy normalisation of air transport operations between the two countries.

08/10/21 PTI/

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