Dubai Airports clarifies slot allocation situation with Indian Airlines

Posted: 01-Dec-16 11:36

Dubai Airports CEO, Paul Griffiths, clears the air on inaccurate reports related to slot allocation for Indian carriers. As the busiest airport for international passenger traffic in the world, Dubai Airports’ services with India continue to grow. Nonetheless, Griffiths insists bilateral agreements between the Emirate and the Indian government do not determine slot allocation, which is negotiated by Airport Coordination Limited.

Dubai Airports clarifies slot allocation situation with Indian Airlines

Receiving approximately 50 million passengers per year, Dubai International Airport counts with the most important terminals in the United Arab Emirates and some of the busiest around the world. India has been the biggest client for this air service platform for the past few years and is expected to keep growing as the Emirate and Indian governments reach bilateral agreements.

The ongoing cooperation between Indian carriers and Dubai Airports had raised inaccurate reports on the airport’s slot allocation situation. With over 90 carriers connecting the airport to more than 240 global destinations this platform possesses high demand for a limited supply of slots. Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports CEO recently cleared the air on rumours and explained the nature of the agreements between the world’s busiest airport and their biggest client.

Firstly, Griffiths clarified how the assignment of traffic rights via bilateral agreements and slot allocation are two separate processes:

“Traffic rights are negotiated between governments. Slot allocation is managed separately by an independent organisation at arm’s length and in accordance with international guidelines established by the International Air Transport Association. Specifically, Dubai International’s slots are allocated by an independent slot coordinator, Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), in accordance with IATA guidelines. ACL conducts slot allocation activities at other major international airports around the world as well.”

Dubai Airports is the busiest airport for international passenger traffic in the world. The institution looks to not only maintain this privileged status but also continue to expand with India as their main client. Griffiths added:

“We welcome the expansion of the flying rights between India and Dubai. Despite the competitive slot situation, Indian carriers continue to grow services, operating more frequencies than Dubai-based airlines between Dubai and India.”

Convinced this cooperation will result in larger profits for Indian carriers and the Dubai-based terminals, as well as better services and more opportunities for international passengers, the CEO went on to declare that:

“There is clearly demand for more seats and we are confident that the airlines operating on these routes will take up more seat capacity, if agreed by Dubai and India, and reap the benefits of that growth.” 


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