The UAE is anxious about the speedy restoration of normal air services with India. Therefore, the lack of proper flights is posing difficulties for travelers. Which has led to a spike in airfares, UAE ambassador Ahmed AlBanna said.
UAE Ambassador, Ahmed AlBanna said on Wednesday. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is anxious about the speedy restoration of normal air services with India. Therefore, the lack of adequate flights is posing many difficulties for travelers and has led to a spike in airfares.
The flag carrier of Dubai operates with only 30% of capacity
Under the air, bubble arrangement worked out by the two countries following the Covid-19 pandemic. Emirates and Etihad, the flag carriers of the UAE, are currently operating at 30% of their total capacity under the normal air services agreement.
This affects traffic and the price of a return ticket has increased to almost ₹200,000 from the pre-pandemic rate of around ₹80,000 to ₹90,000. Besides going back to the air services agreement, which will result in the doubling of traffic. AlBanna told a group of reporters, the two countries should look at increasing capacity under the pact.
The UAE is home to the largest ethnic community in the emirates comprising professionals and to more than three million Indian expatriates, and blue-collar workers, and their families. The demand for flights has increased as a growing number of Indians are making their way back to the UAE. Dubai also serves as a key transit point for Indians traveling to other parts of the world.
AlBanna also said the UAE and India had recently concluded the second round of negotiations. On a proposed comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) in Dubai and a third round will be held soon.
The UAE ask the Indian government to exempt the flight.
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