India’s civil aviation authorities have granted Akasa Air, the emerging domestic low-cost carrier, the green light to operate international flights to three Middle Eastern countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
These flying rights have been allocated in accordance with existing bilateral agreements.
Akasa Air Flights to Dubai?
However, the airline will have to bide its time before commencing flights to popular destinations like Dubai. It has been revealed that the current bilateral agreements for Dubai have been fully utilized, as reported by the Times of India.
To embark on international operations, Akasa Air must now undergo the process of becoming an officially designated Indian airline and secure approval from the respective countries it plans to fly to. This will also involve applying for airport slots and adhering to various regulations and requirements.
The airline, which currently operates a fleet of 20 aircraft, is now eligible to enter the international arena under the amended “0/20 rule,” which allows Indian carriers with a minimum of 20 aircraft to operate international flights.
Bilateral Flying Rights
However, the exhausted state of bilateral flying rights with several key destinations for Indian travellers, such as Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah, poses a considerable challenge.
These bilateral agreements are signed between two countries and designate specific carriers for each side.
As Akasa Air embarks on its journey into the international market, securing designated status as an Indian airline and navigating the intricacies of international aviation agreements will be crucial steps in its pursuit of serving travellers to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.