Lone Chandigarh-Dubai flight fails to connect flyers to Europe, USA
An airport official, who did not want to be named, said the Chandigarh-Dubai flight’s further connectivity is missing because the private airline operating it does not have a code-share agreement with other airlines.punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2017 12:30 IST
Expectations were high when the Chandigarh-Dubai flight started last year as it was believed that it will connect local flyers to the US and Europe since the Dubai airport is a key halt between the west and Asia.
Most of the flyers on long routes make a halt in Dubai there before boarding for their final destination. The large-scale swapping of aircrafts also happens at the Dubai airport.
But the lone flight between Chandigarh and Dubai failed to provide this strategic connectivity, which is otherwise crucial since the local international airport is handicapped to start long-haul flights due to short runway and watch hour restrictions.
An airport official, who did not want to be named, said the Chandigarh-Dubai flight’s further connectivity is missing because the private airline operating it does not have a code-share agreement with other airlines.
Explaining the relevance of the agreement, he said it is an arrangement whereby passengers of one airline can travel to different destinations through other airlines without facing hassle of repeated security check-ins.
“All airlines can’t cover all routes across the world. Therefore, the underlying motivation of airlines in entering into code-share agreements is to broaden its number of destinations through partner airlines,” the official said.
Sources said that Jet Airways, which has a code-share agreement with Etihad Airlines, wanted to start flight on the Chandigarh-Dubai-Abu Dhabi route that could have opened the connectivity to other international destinations.
But this did not happen because the airline reportedly did not get desired night slot since the flights are not allowed to operate here after 9.35 pm, said sources.
Mohali Industrial Association president Sanjeev Vashist said there is a dire need to bring an airline that can provide given the local travellers further connectivity from Dubai.
“For the past 10 months, we have just single flight to the Gulf that opens the route to at least 150 world destinations. I am surprised that those at the helm of affairs are doing nothing about it despite city is eagerly awaited global connectivity,” he added.
Vaneet Sharma, a Sector 17-based travel firm owner, said it’s a general practice at the Delhi airport to make arrangements for travellers going to far-off destinations through other airlines.
“For instance, Air India and Jet Airways have code-share agreements with many global airlines. If it starts Chandigarh-Dubai route, we can have connectivity to important cities, including London or New York,” he said. “We can also have some international airlines operating from here,” he added.