India flights to Qatar may get longer and costlier

Air India passenger planes are seen parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, February 7, 2017. Picture taken February 7, 2017. (Reuters)

Flights between India and Doha will remain unchanged, but trip durations are expected to be longer.

Due to the diplomatic rift in the region, many countries have taken the decision to no longer offer flights to Doha.

India flights are expected to increase travel time due to the restriction imposed on accessing airspace for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.

According to the Times of India, the only flights that will not be affected are the flights from Delhi as they fly over Pakistan and enter through Iran.

“The UAE has told Indian carriers that their aircraft overflying or crossing its airspace on India-Doha route must take prior permission.

Flights from places other than north India like Mumbai will have to take a much longer route: fly north over the Arabian Sea, enter Iran and then fly straight over the Arabian Gulf to Doha.

The same route will have to be taken on return if the UAE denies permission,” said the operations head of an Indian airline reported to the Times of India.

The travel time is estimated to increase up to two hours depending on the direction of the route.

It is reported that an increase in travel time will eventually lead to an increase in prices due to the additional fueling.

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