Qatar Airways Asks Indian Airlines To Increase Seats

by Mrunal Mahajan
Qatar Airways Asks Indian Airlines To Increase Seats

Qatar Airways has requested the Indian authorities to increase the number of seats between India and Qatar for a temporary period to compensate the fall of seats per flight.

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Usually, air-fares shoot up as summer comes along and it will be a difficult time for the expats living in Qatar to return to their home country. Qatar Airways has requested the Indian aviation authorities to increase the number of seats between India and Qatar. The high-volume routes that connect the Indian cities like Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore to Doha have been sought by Qatar Airways. This temporary arrangement is made after clearing that no formal changes will be made to the existing seat capacity entitlement under the 2009 Qatar-India bilateral aviation framework.

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This request to Indian aviation authorities comes after Jet Airways’ decision to shut down operations in April as they face cash crisis. They have also suspended operations to more than 15 short-haul international destinations in the Gulf, southeast Asia and SAARC countries.

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There has been a sharp decrease in the number of flights connecting Indian cities with Qatar’s capital Doha. Qatar Airways has also said that if the number of seats is not increased, the Indians travelers would have to buy expensive tickets to return home or will face a complex and burdensome process of re-routing.

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The Chief Executive of Qatar Airways Group, Akbar Al Baker in his statement said, “Qatar Airways believes that the proposed contingency plan is a sound and practical way to address the financial and emotional stress that Indian travelers are set to experience in the coming weeks.”

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He also added that they are extremely proud of the great contribution made by Indian nationals to their airline and to our nation and we seek to be a loyal and reliable partner in the face of adversity. There are approximately 7 lakh Indians living in Qatar and many of them come home to their country for the summer holidays. They will have to face the brunt of the crisis.