India and UAE are expected to hold preliminary discussions later this month as a precursor to renegotiating their bilateral air services agreement.
An official level meeting between India and the UAE civil aviation ministry officials is slated for January 15 in Mumbai to discuss the issue, official sources at India’s civil aviation ministry told Arabian Business.
“The UAE civil aviation authorities have requested for a meeting with the Indian authorities on this (expanding bilateral airline seat capacities) issue. Accordingly, a meeting has been scheduled between the two sides in Mumbai during the Global Aviation Summit,” a ministry official, who did not want to be identified, said.
Global Aviation Summit 2019 will be held in Mumbai on January 15-16. About 60 countries, including countries from GCC, have already confirmed their participation at the Summit, a senior official at apex Indian business chamber Ficci, told Arabian Business.
In October-December 2018, Dubai-Mumbai sector remained the busiest route among the India-GCC region, and witnessed an increase in air passenger traffic compared to the previous year, while many other sectors between India and GCC registered a drop in air passenger traffic during this period.
Indian carriers such as Air India Express and IndiGo have been increasing their operations to the Gulf region by adding new routes and additional flights, another Indian carrier Jet Airlines have recently announced withdrawal of direct flights between some of the cities in India and UAE, due to economic unviability.
(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)