Indian lawmakers have said the bilateral air agreement that India signed with Abu Dhabi to increase the number of flights between the two counties is aimed at facilitating the Jet-Etihad deal, NDTV has reported. A parliamentary panel said the deal will allow Etihad to substantially increase their operations in India, and could see Abu Dhabi soon emerge as a hub for international passengers travelling from India to Europe and America. Jet Airways has dismissed these concerns and said that "it is unfortunate that these kind of baseless allegations are being levelled against the first successful FDI in the aviation sector." A top aviation ministry official said that "the Jet-Etihad deal is part of the FDI policy and the bilateral deal is separate. We have had similar bilaterals with Singapore, Oman and Qatar among others. Why did the MPs not raise it then?"