Indian Aviation Authority has received a request from Qatar Airways to increase seats in flights to India on a temporary basis. High volume routes such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore would see such an increase if the request fructifies.
As per aviation framework between both the countries, a maximum of 24, 292 passengers per week can fly from a nation’s airlines. This request for an increase in capacity is only temporary and does not intend to alter the current weekly seat capacity allotment that was set up under the 2009 Qatar India bilateral aviation set up.
The Qatar blockade and removal of 28 weekly flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai has intensified pressure of seat capacity in Qatar-India routes. Adding to the pressure is the grounding of Jet Airways flights and stopping of Indigo’s direct flight service to Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad. Moreover, with summer vacations in July, expats in Doha are seeking alternative options to travel to India.
In such a scenario, Indian travelers have to either re-route their travel or make last-minute expensive bookings.