Growth in the Market

Focusing on flight capacity

The current bilateral agreement with India restricts our flight capacity, which has resulted in only a marginal capacity growth of 0.9% since 2012.

In 2015/16, all nine destinations had seat factors above 83%. Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai most clearly demonstrated the impact of flight capacity constraint, with seat factors equal to or greater than 87%.

NCAER’s analysis of our 2013/14 passenger traffic on Indian routes indicates that during this period, Emirates did not increase the number of passengers carried to and from India in comparison to the previous year. In fact there was a 2% reduction year on year. There was no increase in capacity entitlement for UAE carriers under the current bilateral agreement between 2008 and 2013/14, which we believe deprived the airports and passengers of the benefits that come with additional flights.