To Put the numbers in perspective:
Currently, Emirates operates more than 2,500 flights a week and flies to 123 destinations worldwide.
That link also points out the high priority for EK
to expand in China, so it look like Tim Clark has some busy negotiating ahead.
Searching for the latest MOU between Dubai and India, I found there were 450 flights/week between the UAE and India, which implies almost 90% are to Dubai:
|Quoting Vimanav (Reply 5):|
Quoting ojas (Thread starter):
For the records, India now does 200 weekly flights to DXB from 14 destinations
228 in Winter Sked 12
What is the weekly cap in flights? I know dubai based carriers are at their seat cap, but what is the flight cap? The prior MOU seemed to have no flight cap. Is that the case? If so, Indian airlines would not be the reason India signs a new MOU.
I was able to find the MOU *prior* to the current one, but not the latest:
For some reason, the root directory has zero bilaterals signed after 2007 at that India web site. http://dgca.nic.in/bilateral/bil_ind.htm
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Pharma in Dubai ? I though its India which has one of the highest number of generic drug manufactring companies in India.
Dubai is the mid-East distribution center for chemicals and pharma (an offshoot of their early contract refining and flower transportaton) and they are the enabler for India pharma growth in the mid-east, Russia, and parts of Africa. However, just as there is a cap on how many Indian laborers re-negotiated in each bilateral, so are the other aspects.
No one else has the climate controlled warehouses to handle temperature sensitive goods as well as EK
and the other parts of the Dubai supply chain. I find it ironic that EK
's initial focus on those warehouses was flowers and the higher margin and now more profitable for all parties pharma business just seemed to grow naturally.
I'm just pointing out there are other aspects of the bilateral that must be negotiated and that India benefits from the trade. This forum tends to purely focus on the air service agreements which is natural, but when it comes to bilaterals, the other aspects are far more important for India.