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Qatar Airways plans direct flight to Mangaluru, six other cities


Doha, Apr 18 : Doha-based Qatar Airways has sought a significant increase in capacity entitlements and access to seven new cities including Mangaluru as it aims to counter the growth of its rivals — Etihad Airways and Emirates — in India, according to a Business Standard report.

Documents reviewed by Business Standard news paper show that Qatar is planning to start direct flights to several cities where it doesn’t have a presence, while increasing frequency by four times on its current routes.

Recently, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Akbar Al-Baker had announced starting a fully-owned airline in India, signalling an ambitious expansion plan in the country.

Qatar has asked for a weekly quota of 66,374 seats, up from 24,292 at present. The company has also sought government permission to land in seven additional cities, apart from the current 14. It also wants a nod from the authorities for code-sharing with third-country airlines.

The goal is to fulfil this expansion plan within four IATA (International Air Transport Association) schedule seasons, it is learnt.

The new locations that Qatar Airways wants access to are Pune, Mangaluru, Lucknow, Jaipur, Tiruchirapalli, Chandigarh and Madurai, while the frequency of flights could be stepped up from metros such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Qatar Airways did not respond to a detailed query sent by this newspaper. A liberal code-sharing policy with third-country airlines will allow Qatar Airways to boost traffic from Indian cities it does not have access to, through partner airlines via Doha.

A 10-member Qatari delegation, led by the chairman of the country’s civil aviation authority, Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al-Subaey, and Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker in a meeting with the Indian authorities last November, had made these demands.

During the meeting, Al-Subaey referred to a letter he had written to Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey in August 2016, expressing his disappointment that Qatar Airways had failed to get any enhancement to its share of bilateral rights since 2009, while Gulf rivals Emirates, Etihad and FlyDubai had been granted additional seats several times during this period.

The last talks to enhance traffic rights between India and Qatar were held in 2009, and since that period, several bilateral seat enhancements had been successfully concluded with many neighbouring countries, Al-Subaey had said. Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the home countries of Etihad and Emirates, respectively, have 51,000 and 66,504 seats. The Indian authorities subsequently decided that the request of Qatar Airways would be considered by a committee headed by the Cabinet secretary. “Since designated airlines of India are utilising only 38 per cent of the total capacity on India-Qatar sector, requirement of Qatar would be taken to the committee for its consideration. Any decision in this regard would be communicated shortly,” the Ministry of External Affairs wrote to the Embassy of Qatar, according to the letter reviewed by Business Standard.

graph The National Civil Aviation Policy-2016 had clearly said that bilateral negotiations for enhancement of traffic rights can only be done when Indian airlines have utilised 80 per cent of their entitlements. Experts said that Qatar Airways’ expansion plans and its decision to open a new airline in India should be seen in synergy. “The airline is keen to develop additional networks and pull in greater traffic to and through its new hub in Doha, and with India having a growing population now using air travel, Qatar Airways wants to ensure it is in the thick of the mix rather than be an outside observer. Any new airline it sets up in India will have synergies and connectivity options for passengers with Qatar Airways to provide better travel solutions,” said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research.

While Dubai’s seat entitlements increased from 10,400 to just six cities in 2003-04 to 54,200 seats a week and 14 cities by 2008-09, Abu Dhabi gained through traffic feed from Jet Airways in which its national airline Etihad owns 24 per cent stake.

However, the Qatar Airways’ demand could face resistance from domestic airlines as they fear deep-pocket airlines from the Gulf would skew the Indian market. A private airline executive said that granting further access to Qatar Airways was against the policy of developing India as a global hub.

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  • Rampa, Moon

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    IF GAIKWAD ASSAULT ANY QATAR STAFF. HE WILL END UP IN DOHA JAIL WITHOUT BAIL.

    EVEN SUSHMA CANNOT SAVE HIM.

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  • Darius, Coimbatore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Please start a service to Coimbatore also

    DisAgree [13] Agree [4] Reply Report Abuse

  • SAYED RAHMATULLAH, Mangalore / Bahrain

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Fabulous news!!! Please add DOHA / BAHRAIN / MANGALORE.... fed up travelling with AIR INDIA (BAHRAIN / KUWAIT / MANGALORE) HORRIBLE ROUTE FOR ALMOST 6.30 HRS JOURNEY...

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  • rahamath, manglore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    it is another step for developing to Mangalore . i hope up coming days all the international flight moving from the Mangalore airport especially in all gulf nation .

    DisAgree Agree [18] Reply Report Abuse

  • Rampa, Moon

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    IN FLIGHT DONT PUT HAND OUTSIDE THE WINDOW. MAKE SURE U GET A SEAT. SO RUN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND GRAB THE SEAT

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  • Rampa, Moon

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    QATAR AIRWAYS ARE VERY STRICT.

    DONT PUT UR HAND OUTSIDE THE WINDOW.

    GO EARLY IF U WANT SEAT. OR ELSE U NEED TO STAND.

    DisAgree [12] Agree [9] Reply Report Abuse

  • Samuel Sadanand, Balmatta/Kuwait

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Awesome ...our wait is finally over...thanks to Qatar airways for choosing mangalore.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [29] Reply Report Abuse

  • Hasan Yusuf, Mangalore - Kuwait

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Good News.

    QATAR AIRWAYS - Welcome to Mangalore.

    Please include KUWAIT - MANGALORE - KUWAIT sector in your Schedule.

    regards,

    Coastal Karnataka NRIs in Kuwait
    and
    North Kerala NRIs in Kuwait

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  • R DSouza, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Direct flights from Qatar to Mangalore by QA is a dream :)

    DisAgree [7] Agree [22] Reply Report Abuse

  • SKM, MANGALORE

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Welcome! hope it will be done soon. Qatar Airways is one of the best airlines in the world

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  • Naveen, Yerla avu but bega kudla muttod..

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Yerla avu but bega kudla muttulekka avodu...

    DisAgree Agree [27] Reply Report Abuse

  • Prakash Mascarenhas, Uppinangady / Dubai

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Good news, hope to see Qatar Airways : Doha - Dubai - Mangalore (DOH-DXB-IXE) very soon, so that all can benefit.

    DisAgree [3] Agree [17] Reply Report Abuse

  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Qatar Air Aircrafts seats are much more confortable and the space provided in between is worth even if paying more in terms of Air fair than AI express. (chosen because other alternative Carreers/direct flights)

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  • JAGANNATH SHETTY, MOODBIDRI

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Any airlines OK. But there should be daily flight to Mangalore form each Gulf countries.

    DisAgree [3] Agree [20] Reply Report Abuse

  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Welcome news. But after seeing their ticket price may be, people will love Air India more than before.

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  • Rajesh Shetty, UAE

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    I don't think this will practically work out because I believe seats to and from MIA is already saturated. Airlines are flying with more than 30 percent vacant seats averegly( intl) especially to UaE. Anynew airlines will definitely not be profit making on long run. Either they will run on loss, or knock off another airline with their money power and Govt support.

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  • Nishan salian, Qatar

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Good news QA direct flights to doha mangalore, saves time as well as money. On flying on other multiple airline from mangalore to doha and also hope, QA luggage weight is also 40k instead of 30k,20k.

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  • Rampa, Moon

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    LITTLE EXPENSIVE BUT NO PROBLRM

    DisAgree Agree [9] Reply Report Abuse

  • R. Lewis, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    One of the best carrier in the world, really good news.

    DisAgree [3] Agree [26] Reply Report Abuse

  • JERRY, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    It is Truly good news for the people flying from Kuwait to Mangaluru If it starts, and would be a dream come true. need new competitors for some airways specially the ground staff who misbehaves and are rude to the people flying nor compromise to the need of the Flyers.

    DisAgree Agree [19] Reply Report Abuse

  • Parvez ali, Riyadh, saudi arabia

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Let them start first ever RIYADH - MANGALORE flight (may be with one stop and direct flight).

    DisAgree [4] Agree [18] Reply Report Abuse

  • Allan Dcosta, Kinnigoly / Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    There is only plan. Still a long way to go before it becomes reality. Hope it happens soon. If done it Will be golden moments for mangaloreans as well as mangalore airport.

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  • Desi Jawan, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    I request the authorities not to allow it happen otherwise our Indian market would be taken away as it happened in Europe, North America and elsewhere.

    DisAgree [39] Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse

  • Zain, Managalore/Doha

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Dear,
    In that case let our Air India match Standards of Qatar Airways, then everyone will support you.

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    enk Air India ne aav atleast seats specious undu. I really dont know, what special services people talking about from other airliners.

    only free bottles????? If flight timing is early morning then 50 % of travellers are not having food or liquor.

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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Mangalore airport does not have facilities for wide-bodied equipment to land due to space paucity. Qatar Airways will need to operate only on narrow-bodied equipment just like is the case with budget airlines like Air India Express, Spice Jet, Indigo etc. as per their March 9, 2017 news expressing their interest in Indian skies.

    However, the bottom line is it would be cool to see Qatar Airways launching a carrier in India and potentially allow Qatar to connect their route network to more destinations in India, though at the same time it won’t be easy to turn a profit, at least based on how other airlines in India are performing.

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  • Mubeen, Mangalore/Doha

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Good News...☺️ Air india Se Bach Gaye !!!

    DisAgree [7] Agree [19] Reply Report Abuse

  • Kannadiga, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Thank god.. We can finally quit Air india express...

    DisAgree [11] Agree [16] Reply Report Abuse

  • Kannadiga, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Thank god.. We can finally quit Air india express...

    DisAgree [8] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • Azim, Dubai/Udupi

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Kind request improve / repair the runway , Always BP will be high during landing

    Rest OK

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  • Irshad Ahmed, Doha

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Great news from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Akbar Al-Baker of Qatar Airways.We thank you for your effort may god bless you

    DisAgree [1] Agree [14] Reply Report Abuse

  • Ronald dsouza, mangalore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Great news for mangaloreans and Thank you so much to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Akbar Al-Baker

    DisAgree [1] Agree [14] Reply Report Abuse

  • vijay m, mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Nice to hear that international air crafts are planning to land in Mangalore soil.

    A kind request to upgrade or extend the runway and upgrade the airport according to the name international.

    DisAgree Agree [35] Reply Report Abuse

  • PREM, DUBAI

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    In the beginning even other airlines was looks good.
    Only time will tell us about their service.

    DisAgree [9] Agree [18] Reply Report Abuse

  • Prem Prasad, Bangalore KSA

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Air India Express ka Kya hoga re..... Ravindra Gaikwad will fly no doubt.

    DisAgree [4] Agree [28] Reply Report Abuse

  • Joseph, Qatar

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    He will wholly own it. He will first give Marathi manoos jobs (if they are qualified enough though..) and TRY to turn around it to a profit-making entity with his dadagiri stunts as is the case with the Shiv Senas...

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Mangalore Airport cannot be called International until it is able to accommodate the major airlines of the world. This will not be possible if it sticks with the table top - hillside runway formula which still remains one of the most dangerous approaches in the country. Till then, instead of an Emirates, we may get a Fly Dubai and instead of Qatar Airways, we may get their subsidiary airline.

    Do we want Mangalore to be called as a hub for only budget airlines ? Why should passengers give a sigh of relief every time the plane touches the runway safely? Doesn't our smart city deserve a new airport at ground level ?

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  • mathew, valenca

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    GULF TO mangalore more direct flights to start as only Air inida exepress for the last 9 years and they dont want fare to be reduced. more flights to come and they compell to reduce the fare

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    How about New York, London & Canberra ...

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  • john, mangalore/kuwait

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    GREAT NEWS EVER!!! I AM FED UP TRAVELLING WITH JET, AIR INDIA, THE PROUDNESS AND EGO OF THE CREW!! WELCOME QATAR AIRWAYS !! I LOVE YOU

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  • zia, dubai

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Dear John ,
    Have you ever travelled in air india express and jet airways,I am travelling from last 10 years and service were indeed good at air india express,some times staff are old but now a days service is excellent especially airindia express to mangalore from doha.Once QA enters we hope service will improve and price may come down.Competition is always good for person who travels.

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  • Rampa, Moon

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    EMIRATES WILL BE LIKE RELIANCE GIO

    QATAR WILL BE LIKE AIRTEL

    JET WILL BE LIKE VODAFONE

    AIR INDIA WILL BE LIKE BSNL POOR NETWORK.

    U PEOPLE ARE LUCKY. DURING OUT TIME THERE WAS NO AEROPLANE. WE USED TO DEPEND ON CAMEL.

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  • munna a h, nitte karla

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Waa kaala daar eer?

    DisAgree Agree [43] Reply Report Abuse

  • rolf, Dubai

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Dear Rampa, why you are scared hiding the true fact . People used to travel by Bull a cart why double stand.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [27] Reply Report Abuse

  • Real Mangalorean, Mangalore, Dubai

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Raaaampaaaaaaaaaaaaa, wa lokod ullar itthe?

    DisAgree Agree [6] Reply Report Abuse

  • chris, Doha

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    It is a great news and there will be a good competition and the price will decrease . So it will be good for the people travelling from Qatar as right now they have only Air India express and Jet airways Via Mumbai. Hope to see QA soon in Mangalore

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  • ramesh, dubai

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    It is a great news,if this proposal agreed then mangalore could have world class service from qatar airways.Competition will decrease the price and in turn offer better service from all player like air india express is the presently only flight from mangalore to doha.

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  • VK, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Hoping for Emirates to operate from Mangalore very soon.

    DisAgree [2] Agree [43] Reply Report Abuse

  • Denver Roche, Manipal

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Not possible at the moment. Emirates doesnt have any medium bodied airliner that is capable of landing in Mangalore. The only Aircrafts capable of Landing in Mangalore are, B737, A320, A321, ATR, Bombardier and Ilyushin.

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  • mohammed jaseen, doha

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    As iam qatari..
    its a pleasure to say because i study my degree in mangalore.. i always travel in qatar airwats to every country..
    thnks to Qatar Airways

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  • WALTER MONTEIRO, BELMAN/ABUDHABI

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Wow good news. welcome to Mangalore. We are looking forward Qatar Airways landing in our Mangalore Airport.

    DisAgree Agree [59] Reply Report Abuse

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