Emirates eyeing India network expansion

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An Emirates airliner seen taxied next to an Air India jet on an Indian airport. Photo - Simplifying.com

A senior Emirates Airline executive announced Thursday the company is in talks with Indian authorities to expand its network of routes across the subcontinent.

The world’s fastest growing airline, which is steadily investing in India, says it wants to increase its frequency on existing routes. However, the Dubai-based carrier rejected rumours it plans to invest in struggling Kingfisher Airlines.

“Emirates will look at any opportunity that makes sense commercially. We are optimistic of FDI being allowed in the sector,” The Times of India quoted Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ senior vice president for commercial operations, Indian Ocean, as saying.

“We are witnessing a growth of 18% in the very important Indian market and our 185 weekly flights see load factors of over 80%. There is a need to increase capacity as we are fully utilising the current rights given to us and we are waiting for some good news soon,” he added.

Emirates says the Indian subcontinent generates about 11-12% of the airline’s total revenue. It operates 21 A380s, with 69 more in the making that will further consolidate Dubai position as a global aviation hub.

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