Gulf carriers may not get new India destinations
International carriers, however, are still better placed in terms of utilisation of rights on routes to Dubai (99 per cent), Sharjah (93 per cent), Malaysia (86 per cent), Thailand (77 per cent), Singapore (72 per cent) and Malaysia (86 per cent).
Meanwhile, in recent bilateral talks with Oman after Indian carriers exhausted their quota, Oman Air’s destination has been reduced.
Oman Air, which operated from 11 destinations earlier, has stopped operating from Kolkata. The destinations they operate from are Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.
The Comptroller and Auditor General, in its report on Air India, has said that the liberal award of bilateral rights was one of the reasons for the national carrier’s decline and the government should renegotiate them.
‘Move to protect Indian carriers’
* The aviation ministry has decided not to allow carriers, especially from single-destination countries, to expand further in terms of destinations
* The move, officials claim, will protect Indian carriers from competition of international carriers, especially those from West Asia
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