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Qatar Airways chief seeks talks to increase India flights

Akbar Al Baker says keen to add more destinations; adds he has 'no intention' to invest in Indian carrier

Qatar Airways chief seeks talks to increase India flights

Qatar Airways is seeking talks with aviation authorities in India in a bid to increase its allocation of flights to the country, its CEO has said.

The Doha carrier wants to launch flights to new Indian destinations and add to its frequencies to others, Akbar Al Baker said in comments published by The Statesman.

The airline currently operates to 13 Indian cities with more than 100 weekly flights but Al Baker told the paper: "We hope that in not too distant future we will have more negotiations with Indian authorities in which we will request for not only additional frequencies but also for additional destinations."

He was also quoted as saying the carrier is looking at outsourcing some maintenance work to Indian companies.

Al Baker was speaking on the occasion of the carrier's maiden A-350 flight between Doha and New York.

However, he declined to give details about which new Indian cities were to be targeted, adding that the new numbers would depend on "how many they (Indian authorities) give us".

Asked whether Qatar Airways had plans to invest in an Indian carrier, Al Baker said he had "no intention" despite rumours of an interest in a stake in IndiGo.

"First of all, we don't talk about our business expansion plans. We keep it very close to our chest. When we decide to do it you will get to know that," he was quoted as saying.

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