Indian Govt Will Reduce Flying Rights Of UAE By 30%; Good News For Indian Airlines?
The aviation ministry is working on a plan to unilaterally reduce foreign flying rights granted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Germany. This might be someone flying from India to New York via Dubai or any other third country.
Merging Foreign Flying Rights
This is excellent news for Indian carriers!
Indian Carriers are looking to expand globally, which may result in higher fares and less connection for passengers until regular foreign flights begin.
As part of the proposal being discussed, the ministry plans to merge the UAE bilateral into one and reduce each emirate’s foreign flying rights by a third, multiple sources told ET.
“Plan is to merge foreign flying rights of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah among others into one under UAE and reduce the allocation by a third of the current allocation. Our (Indian) carriers do not have to take a cut,” said a government official, who did not want to be identified.
How Will The Proposal Help The Indian Carriers?
There is no official statement yet regarding the proposal and no further action has been taken by sending the proposal to the above-mentioned countries. The plan will be discussed thoroughly with the external affairs ministry.
The proposal will aim to help Indian carriers expand internationally. Normally there a large number of people travelling to Europe and the Americas pass via these hubs.
If the UAE accepts the idea, the quotas for Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be reduced by nearly a third, from 65,200 seats per week for Dubai and 50,000 seats per week for Abu Dhabi, respectively.