‘Let us fly from ter­tiary air­ports too’

Sud­hir Sreed­ha­ran, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Com­mer­cial (GCC, Sub­con­ti­nent, Africa), fly­dubai, is look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture – not load fac­tors and prof­itable routes, but tourism de­vel­op­ment and eas­ier and cheaper move­ment across bor­ders to fuel eco­nomic

TravTalk - India - - AVIATION - HAZEL JAIN

Are you plan­ning to add flights to the DubaiMum­bai route?

The cur­rent ca­pac­ity of five flights a week is hardly enough for a me­trop­o­lis like Mumbai that has a pop­u­la­tion of 20 mil­lion. Plus, Dubai to­day is more of an ex­ten­sion of In­dia. So, yes we would love to in­crease ca­pac­ity. Mumbai is a no-brainer.

What are your plans for In­dia?

We will be adding four new fre­quen­cies by March 2015 ei­ther from the cur­rent seven points that we fly to or some new air­ports we will be given ac­cess to. We cur­rently have per­mis­sion to land only in 11 In­dian air­ports. So we def­i­nitely want to ex­pand in In­dia but are not get­ting per­mis­sions. In re­ply, we are say­ing don’t give us Delhi or Mumbai – give other air­ports. Let a for­eign car­rier invest in de­vel­op­ing newer mar­kets if the In­dian car­ri­ers don’t want to. We urge the In­dian gov­ern­ment to have an all-in­clu­sive pol­icy. We have 54 mar­kets other than Dubai the North­east part of the coun­try is very hos­pi­tal­ity driven. But de­spite the hos­pi­tal­ity boom in Dubai, I don’t see peo­ple from the North East be­ing able to par­tic­i­pat­ing in that growth be­cause the rates for some­one from Shil­long to fly to Dubai are ex­or­bi­tant. If we are able to of­fer a `

14,000 fare from Shil­long to Dubai, that’s news!

If Shil­long for in­stance is given to us as a point of en­try, we will en­sure that we are able

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