MP K Hari Babu, in a letter to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, appeal for the inclusion of Visakhapatnam in the list of cities for mutual air services with UAE (United Arab Emirates)/ Dubai. In the representation is given newly, the MP has also appeal for allocation of seats to tier-2 cities Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam, etc. By decreasing the quota from metro cities (Chennai/ Mumbai/ Delhi). If allocating new seats is difficult.
In 2008-2009 the last increase in bilateral air flights (India and UAE) was done to nine cities from six cities. In 2003-04 the nine cities include Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru,
Thiruvananthapuram. Every week there are nearly 1,075 flights that operate between the two countries.
A few points highlighted in a letter and stated that UAE serves as a transit point for more than 55 percent of Indians who travel abroad, around 30 years back the trade between UAE and India was 128 million USD the present trade which stands at 53 billion USD. The reasons being migrant labour traffic or for business tours.
we request you to kindly include both Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada in list of bilateral connectivity, between India and Dubai. In view of the heavy demand for additional seats, also additional quota for tier-2 cities to the tune of 1,500 seats per week in each direction for each city. If a new increase is not possible, the congestion in metro cities can be reduced to promote inclusive growth with proportionate allotment to tier-2 cities,” read a statement from the letter.
launching of international air cargo operations from the Visakhapatnam international airport, there is a huge increase in the GDP of agro-based and marine industries in this region, which will also support in growth of bilateral trade. The growth of service sector, especially the IT sector will be boosted with opening up of direct flights to Dubai which opens up travel to the USA and Europe very conveniently.
The MP had also specified that the High Commissioner of UAE has also requested for permission to start flights to Visakhapatnam with flydubai. Etihad and Air Arabia are also actively considering to start operations to Dubai from Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.