Kochi, Emi­rates’ busiest route

In an in­ter­view with Essa Su­laiman Ah­mad, Vice Pres­i­dent– In­dia and Nepal, Emi­rates Air­lines, finds out more about the car­rier’s plans for In­dia.

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Emi­rates, and the Na­tional Coun­cil of Ap­plied Eco­nomic Re­search (NCAER) in New Delhi, re­leased the re­sults of an eco­nomic im­pact study that mea­sures Emi­rates’ con­tri­bu­tion to the In­dian econ­omy. NCAER es­ti­mates that Emi­rates’ op­er­a­tions have con­trib­uted over US$848 mil­lion an­nu­ally to In­dia’s GDP, sup­port­ing over 86,000 In­dian jobs and gen­er­at­ing al­most US$1.7 bil­lion in For­eign Ex­change Earn­ings.

We have Kochi as the busiest route in In­dia at 91% load fac­tor

Talk­ing about the In­dian mar­ket, Essa Su­laiman Ah­mad said, “We are not plan­ning to start any new desti­na­tion that we have an­nounced in In­dia, but we are look­ing at our bi­lat­er­als. As per the an­nounce­ment of NCAER, we have Kochi as the busiest route in In­dia at 91%. seat load fac­tor.”

Talk­ing about year 2015 and plans for 2016, he said, “We have been grow­ing pos­i­tively and we have a great travel pat­tern from dif­fer­ent type of in­dus- tries and dif­fer­ent types of traf­fic mixes. Year on Year (YOY) we have been get­ting more des­ti­na­tions out of Dubai. New mar­kets have been cre­ated and we are also com­ing up with new prod­uct of­fer­ings. In the next five years, we are look­ing for 67 per­cent growth in the num­ber of

Com­ment­ing on the draft civil avi­a­tion pol­icy for In­dia, Ah­mad, said, “The govern­ment has taken a very pos­i­tive step to in­clude the stake­hold­ers and talk­ing about it. We have been asked by the govern­ment to look at the draft civil avi­a­tion pol­icy, and re­spond with our views as stake­hold­ers and we will be do­ing that in due time.”

Essa Su­laiman Ah­mad

Vice Pres­i­dent – In­dia and Nepal, Emi­rates Air­line

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