By Parag Deulgaonkar
Re-routing increases flying time for Indian carriers by up to 90 minutes
India’s Jet Airways has started using UAE airspace to operate its daily flights to Doha, an airline spokesperson has confirmed.
The new comes after UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said non-Qatari private and chartered flights were allowed to fly to Doha using UAE airspace but are required to submit their requests to the GCAA 24 hours in advance, with a list of names and nationalities of crew, passengers, and cargo carried by the aircraft.
Last week, Indian carriers such as Jet, IndiGo and Air India Express said their scheduled flights to and from Doha were re-routed via Pakistan and Iran after the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties and shut road, sea and air routes with Doha due to its links with Iran and support for terror groups. The re-routing increased flying time by up to 90 minutes.
A Jet Airways spokesperson told Arabian Business that they have received permission from GCAA to use UAE airspace for all its Doha-bound flights.
“The airline will start operating on its earlier routes via UAE with immediate effect, helping it reduce guest inconvenience as well as additional flight time,” she added.
An IndiGo spokesperson said the airline is continuously monitoring the
situation on a day-to-day basis.
“As of now, our flights will fly through Iran and Muscat airspace. We
are in touch with the local and other concerned authorities to ensure seamless
flight operations to and fro Doha.”
IndiGo operates two daily flights to Doha – one from Delhi to Doha and
Mumbai to Doha.