The UAE is keen to have an open sky agreement with India, its Ambassador to India A.R. Albanna said on Wednesday. Section I The airline designated by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia has the right to operate air services in both directions on the link indicated in this section and to land at the designated location for traffic purposes in the territory of India: Tuesday, Lufthansa had announced that it would cancel all “planned flights” between India and Germany from 30 September to 20 October due to an “unexpected refusal” of its flight plan by the Indian authorities. Air India on Thursday cancelled all 12 flights between Frankfurt and India until October 14 due to Germany`s withdrawal of its operating licence. “The increase in frequency shows our success on the Delhi-London line, its importance in our network and the constant demand for a top-notch full service carrier from India,” said Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara. Uae Ambassador to India Ahmed Al Banna, at a press conference here, said the two countries have a robust security collaboration and have signed an agreement for it as well. Dr. Al Banna said UAE carriers are keen to expand their operations to more Tier 2 and Tier 3 Indian cities. There is also room for increased cargo flights between the United Arab Emirates and India, with increasing demand for this type of traffic. Article 8 Regular and frequent consultations are held between the aviation authorities of the parties to ensure close cooperation on all matters relating to the implementation of this agreement. Three months ago, the Minister of Civil Aviation publicly stated that Middle Eastern airlines would only get traffic rights if their Indian counterparts had the same privileges. I do not know what happened in those three months when the government would have to turn around and change its position of not granting bilateral privileges to the bearers of the Middle East.
In fact, Etihad has never been in the line of looking for enhanced bilateral agreements. The request was made primarily by Qatar and Emirates. But this agreement changed the whole scenario. India and the United Arab Emirates today signed an air services agreement after two days of bilateral negotiations in Abu Dhabi. The UAE had urged India to allocate additional 40,000 seats per week, grant Goa, Pune, Amritsar and Lucknow as additional points of calls, remove the maximum cap prescribed from each point of call in-term of seats / frequency per week and allow 3rd country/ domestic code share facility. India considered the negotiations in India`s general economic interest and the government`s liberalization policy aimed at attracting foreign investment to India, including in the civil aviation sector. The Indian side had asked the United Arab Emirates to grant Indian airlines a change in the lane-switching system in Abu Dhabi, in addition to guaranteeing the total five-page freedom of the United Arab Emirates. “We would like to inform you that SpiceJet has been designated as an Indian regular airline to operate services agreed between India and the United Kingdom under the Indian government-UK air transport agreement,” SpiceJet said in the notification. India established an air travel agreement with Bangladesh on 28 October 2020.