Thursday, October 12, 2023

Akasa Air Reportedly Granted Flying Rights To Saudi Arabia, Qatar, And Kuwait

Since its inception, India’s budget carrier Akasa Air has always maintained that it would fly internationally as soon as it meets regulatory conditions. With 20 aircraft in its fleet, it has fulfilled one of the Indian government’s conditions for overseas flights. And now, the carrier has reportedly also been given the nod to fly to some destinations in the Middle East. The ever-popular Dubai, however, is not one of them.

Indian low-cost carrier Akasa Air has been given permission by Indian authorities to operate flights to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar. The three Middle Eastern countries get plenty of traffic from India, and Akasa has been given flying rights based on existing bilateral rights for these destinations, according to a report by The Times of India.

This is pretty much according to the airline’s plans, as it was exploring destinations in the Middle East as well as Southeast Asia. However, the most popular foreign destination from India – Dubai – is still out of reach for Akasa.

The India-Dubai market is one of the most lucrative sectors for airlines operating on the route. With a substantial Indian population in the UAE, airlines from both countries want an increasing share of the seats allocated for this sector.

However, it seems that the current bilateral agreement for flights between India and Dubai has been completely exhausted, and Akasa will have to wait until further changes to the agreement are announced.

The India-UAE sector has been a hot topic for airlines from both countries. The agreement that currently allows 66,000 seats per week to both nations was signed in 2014. All major Indian airlines understand how vital this sector is and deploy their planes to Dubai from several Indian cities.

12/10/2023 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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