India A380s move may benefit Emirates
New Delhi, January 27, 2014
India will allow Airbus A380 planes to land at the country's four main airports, the civil aviation ministry said on Monday. The move is expected to benefit Dubai-based Emirates airline among others.
The four airports equipped to handle the A380s are in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, the ministry said.
The move will also benefit Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways that operate the super-jumbo and fly to India.
Other Gulf-based airlines such as Etihad and Qatar Airways, which have ordered A380s, have yet to take delivery of the aircraft.
The previous ban on A380s was mainly due to concerns that foreign carriers may further hurt state-run Air India by grabbing a larger share of international traffic.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said earlier this month the government was considering removing the restrictions.
"Now, flights of A380 to India will be allowed to airports which are equipped to handle them," the civil aviation ministry statement said.
"The operations of A380 aircraft would be subject to overall traffic entitlements within the bilateral Air Service Agreements (ASAs) with different countries," it said. - Reuters