Dubai Airports issued a statement on Thursday to clear the air on inaccurate reports related to slot allocation for Indian carriers at the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai International (DXB).
“It’s important to understand that the assignment of traffic rights via bilateral agreements and slot allocation are two discrete processes'” explained Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.
“Traffic rights are negotiated between governments. Slot allocation is managed separately by an independent organisation at arm’s length and in accordance with international guidelines established by the International Air Transport Association,” he said.
Specifically, Dubai International’s slots are allocated by an independent slot coordinator, Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), in accordance with IATA guidelines. ACL conducts slot allocation activities at other major international airports around the world as well.”
The announcement follows news in the Indian media that Indian airlines may be able to get slots of their choice at the airport in Dubai, and the country’s aviation ministry would discuss the same with Emirati counterparts.
Economic Times quoted a senior aviation ministry official as saying that Indian carriers had complained about not being given favourable time slots at Dubai airport.