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India asks for viable spots at Dubai International Airport

DELHI

The Indian government has asked the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) to ensure that the Dubai International Airport (DIA) allots “feasible” slots to Indian air carriers as per reports in the media.

The complaint comes after several Indian carriers complained that they were being denied desired slots at DIA and were being offered less viable options.

“Both sides mutually agreed in 2014 to enhance the capacity entitlement from 54,200 to 65,200 seats. However, Indian carriers still have about 13,000 seats, which are yet to be utilised,” P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India, said in a letter to Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, DCAA reported the Hindustan Times.

The primary reason for the low utilisation was the “non-availability of commercially and operationally feasible slots at DIA,” Raju said in the letter. “The Indian carriers have informed that they are not being provided the desired slots at Dubai airport, and Dubai Airport Authority has been turning down the requests of Indian carriers, or providing options which are not viable for operations.”

Indian carriers said that shifting of operations from DIA to the Dubai World Central airport was not commercially viable for them as the airport was far away from Dubai city. Raju also said that India was giving UAE carriers like Emirates and flydubai their requested slots and would like Indian carriers to be treated the same.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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