UAE, India to renegotiate bilateral air service agreement
(Note -- this is based on reporting from the UAE side which may paint their own picture based on the meeting with the Minister. We need to know what it looks from the Indian perspective)
1. Talks on renegotiation of the bilateral air service agreement are now expected to begin in two to three months
2. UAE carriers are keen to expand their operations to more Tier 2 and Tier 3 Indian cities (this is probably the carrot that the UAE carriers are offering)
3. "India’s domestic carriers are vying for these [Jet's rights] to UAE], but since they have a capacity problem, Gulf airlines may be allotted these rights to ease the woes of passengers." [ this is a really interesting ANGLE, which, if I interpret correctly, means that India's bilateral rights -- to the extent that it is not fully utilized because of lack of capacity by Indian carriers.... will be temporarily (?) allotted to UAE carriers.] https://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/ ... 0590231462
I thought India - Dubai was a prized route and all Indian carriers are dying to use the un-alloted capacity [ demand to operate the route by Indian carriers far exceeds supply]. Also, Sharjah - India capacity was almost full utilized (until Jet's downfall). Is the report suggesting that Indian carriers don't have palnes to plug the capacity hole?
Notice that no Indian carrier seems to be keen to take up Jet's AUH - India slots.
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