Indian finance ministry opposes bilateral flying rights with UAE
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Indian finance ministry opposes bilateral flying rights with UAE

Indian finance ministry opposes bilateral flying rights with UAE

Indian finance ministry has expressed its opposition to the civil aviation ministry's proposal to increase bilateral flying rights between India and Abu Dhabi to 53,000 seats per week from 13,300 per week now, India Times has reported, citing a government source. The Indian finance ministry said the move would take away Indian air traffic, not only harming airports but also airlines, especially national carrier Air India. The ministry "fears that once Etihad buys into Jet Airways, it will cannibalise the traffic share of Indian airlines by flying passengers to various parts of the world through its hub airport in Abu Dhabi, following the same strategy as Dubai-based Emirates," the source said.

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