Qatar Airways seeks partnership proposal from Indian carriers
Qatar Airways submitted a formal request to the Indian authorities for an additional capacity on a temporary operating permit basis to meet the air traffic demand in Qatar-India routes
May 17, 2019: Qatar Airways submitted a formal request to the Indian authorities for an additional capacity on a temporary operating permit basis to meet the air traffic demand in Qatar-India routes, and said it will “seriously” consider any proposal for partnership from Indian carriers.
“Qatar Airways is always open for partnership with other airlines, including Indian carriers. We will seriously consider any proposal for partnership from Indian carriers,” the airline said in a statement.
The move comes in the wake of the “illegal blockade” imposed on Qatar in June 2017, which led to a withdrawal of 28 weekly between Doha and cities of New Delhi and Mumbai, increasing pressure on available seat capacity in Qatar-India routes. The problem has been compounded by the recent shutdown of Jet Airways on April 17 following a cash crunch.
“Salt in the wound - Jet Airways’ sudden, unexpected, unplanned, and immediate withdrawal of 28 weekly passenger flights during summer peak season between Doha and two Indian cities: New Delhi and Mumbai. All these have resulted not only in lesser available seat capacity but also significantly higher air ticket fares, which is set to continue for at least another three months,” the airline said.
The Gulf carrier said airfares had significantly increased due to the unexpected unavailability of restricted capacity during this summer peak season, and asked the civil aviation ministry to favourably consider its request for additional seat capacity “to help evacuate the stranded Indian passengers in Doha”.
According to the statement, people do not have the flexibility of travelling to nearby airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Manama, for their travel to India since the blockade was imposed.