Qatar Airways is seriously willing to consider partnership from Indian carriers to meet the growing demand from Indian cities to Doha and back. An official statement said Qatar Airways is always open for partnership with other airlines, including Indian carriers.
The airline company has also sought additional seat capacity on temporary basis to meet the air traffic demand in Qatar India routes. For this, Qatar Airways has submitted a formal request to the Indian authorities. Moreover, the Gulf carrier has asked the civil aviation ministry to favorably consider its request for additional seat capacity ‘to help evacuate the stranded Indian passengers in Doha’. It also noted that airfares have significantly increased due to the unexpected availability of restricted capacity during the summer peak season.
Qatar Airways brought the illegal blockade to the fore, which was imposed by the UAE, Saudi, Egypt and Bahrain in 2017. It restricted the movement for the Qataris and the Indian expatriates as a whole.
“People do not have the flexibility of traveling to nearby airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Manama for their travel to India. This has reduced their options for air connectivity and further increased the pressure on the available seat capacity in Qatar India routes,” the statement said. “Our contingency plan is designed to make an additional number of seats available on certain high volume routes – Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore – but only on a temporary basis and without formal changes to the current weekly seat capacity entitlement established under the 2009 Qatar – India bilateral aviation framework.”
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However, major Indian airlines have expressed fears that if Qatar Airways is given the green light, their international expansion plans will suffer. But Jet Airways wind up has left a ‘need’ for connectivity. It also caused a hike in airfare.