Qatar Airways calls on India to open skies

March 2, 2014 12:34 am

Akbar al-Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways has said the airline’s expansion into India will depend on whether the government will further open the nation’s skies after elections due by May, Bloomberg has reported. “Unfortunately the government regime does not allow free access to the Indian market,” al-Baker told reporters in Sharjah. “Aviation is a very important tool of a country.” Qatar Airways, which operates 13 destinations to India, still has room to increase existing routes, he said. The carrier also sees “huge potential” in serving the Iranian market and hoped authorities will allow them to expand the three destinations it already offers, al-Baker said.