Source : The Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government is examining one of the most controversial decisions of UPA -treating the member emirates of United Arab Emirates (UAE) like Dubai and Abu Dhabi -as separate entities for purpose of granting flying rights to India. Bilateral agreements are between two countries which determine the number of seats airlines of each side will operate to the other and also the number of cities they will be allowed to fly to.
However, UAE is the only country with which India has separate bilaterals, or agreements granting flying rights, with individual emirates.
The aviation ministry has started the process of moving from the ad hoc approach to increase bilateral with different countries to a comprehensive strategy that protects the interests of Indian carriers without hurting consumers in any way . This will include examining whether India should have bilaterals with UAE as a whole, one country , or with its individual member states.