Air India's rise to affect Emirates but we will adapt: Country head

Airline has approached govt for allocation of more flights to India

Deepak Patel New Delhi
Emirates India head, Mohammed Sarhan

Emirates India head Mohammed Sarhan

Air India’s rise will affect Emirates, but it will adapt by reviewing its flight network according to the situation and maintaining top-class in-flight products and services, said the airline’s vice-president (India & Nepal) Mohammed Sarhan. “We don’t focus too much on the competition. We do our part, and that is how we are always ahead of the game,” Sarhan told Business Standard in an interview.
In 2022, Emirates carried 4.45 million passengers on 15,814 flights between Dubai and India. In 2021, when Covid-related travel restrictions were in place, the airline carried 1.33 million passengers on 8,633 flights between Dubai and India.
Asked if he was worried about the incoming competition from Air India, Sarhan replied: “Yes, it will affect us. But, of course, we will adapt. The market is big. The demand is very strong. I think India deserves a lot more supply. At the moment, the demand is not matching the supply

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First Published: Feb 27 2023 | 9:10 AM IST

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