Emirates, flydubai say they are not violating bilateral air services pact

Both airlines say they adhere to regulations set in the agreement

Dubai-based Emirates and flydubai dismissed accusations of breaching bilateral air services treaty with India and flying in more passengers.

An Indian daily reported of India’s civil aviation ministry initiating a probe into accusations by Jet Airways against the two Dubai-based airlines violating their seat allocations under the pact.

In a statement sent to Arabian Business, Emirates and flydubai said they were operating in accordance with the bilateral treaty.

“Emirates is operating within its overall capacity entitlement under the India-Dubai air services arrangements. Our schedule has been approved by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and Emirates is operating in accordance with this approval,” an airline spokesperson said.

A flydubai spokesperson added: “India is an important market for flydubai. We adhere to all requirements and regulations set within the bilateral agreements discussed at a government level.”

The budget airline operates to eight cities in India that include Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Business Standard, the Indian business daily, reported that Jet Airways raised the issue with the Indian civil aviation ministry after being denied permission to operate on Trivandrum-Dubai route by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.

The newspaper quoted civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey as saying that though similar complaints have been raised by Dubai airlines as well, these issues will be addressed at the next round of bilateral talks. Not date for the talks was given.

Arabian Business has approached Jet for a comment.

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