UAE to make travel more affordable, convenient for Indians

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The UAE is initiating measures to make travel from India to airports in Emirates affordable and feasible as the proportion of Indians touring Dubai and Abu Dhabi has touched record numbers.

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to India, is said to have held extensive talks with Jayant Sinha, Indian Minister of State for Civil Aviation, to increase air transport facilities and services between the UAE and India.

WAM (Emirates News Agency) quotes a statement from the UAE Embassy in New Delhi after the two met as saying that both of them agreed to schedule a meeting between the Civil Aviation Authority of India and the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE to recommend a new agreement and policy for the bilateral air services arrangement.

Dr. Al Banna said that the UAE was ready to add few more flights and routes to connect India’s  regional airports to the ones in the UAE that will lead to affordable pricing with the requisite capacity and also needed to concentrate on an open sky policy that increases the potential for enhancing relations between both the countries.

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It was suggested that talks pertaining to this issue must be held on 3-4 October. Moreover, important issues were discussed between Dr. Al Banna and Sinha for the long-term mutual cooperation and strategic ties between the UAE and India.

In the existing air services agreement, a clause mandates that when capacity on routes linking the UAE and India reaches 80 percent, air carriers in both countries should renegotiate new quotas to be shared between them.

Owing to a large rise in tourism, business and family travel between airports in India and the UAE, capacity is said to be now running at 100 percent of the about 130,000 seats allowed per week.

In addition, airline carriers in the UAE wish to raise the capacity to allow more travellers to fly to UAE destinations and connect with other destinations in the Gulf and further at affordable prices.

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