The Indian aviation market is likely to witness a huge growth, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a conversation with NDTV, calling for a conducive investment environment for international operators of the Indian aviation market to expand and trade free. From protectionism, “leaving it to the existence of the fittest.”
Describing India’s aviation regulations as protectionist, Akbar Al Baker said that the Indian aviation industry is highly regulated and the growth rate of regulations. “I think it is wrong for the authorities to compete just to protect one or two other airlines. You should leave it for the survival of the fittest,” he said.
Emphasizing the need for competition, he said that competition is always healthy. Al Baker said, “The government should aim to extend the Indian aviation market to international operators because the more flights you get in, the more tourists come, the more business grows and the government gets a lot of revenue. “
He said that Qatar Airways is the best in the world because “we are fighting equality and we always excel. It should really be the mantra for everyone,” he said.
According to the CEO of Qatar Airways, the disinvestment of Air India is a step in the right direction. “The privatization of Air India will increase drastically as the government should not try to protect one carrier against another,” he said.
Al Baker has a personal relationship with India. He spent his younger days at a boarding school in India. “I have got a very high standard of education in India and now you can see that I am a product of Indian education. So, I am very proud to say that I was there and I had the best time of my life. “India,” he said.
Referring to the second Kovid wave in India and the role of Qatar Airways, he said that it is the duty of the countries to come to India’s aid. “Qatar Airways is playing a small part of this huge effort to save the situation. In Qatar there is always a need for people, helping nations in need, and as the national carrier of the State of Qatar, of course, we are looking at the railways. The medium is the distribution of those aids (medical aid, drugs and oxygen). “
He said that Qatar Airways is the only international carrier that has not ceased operations since the onset of the epidemic. “Qatar Airways has a culture of being with people, serving its passengers at a time when it’s good and at a time when it’s bad. We’ve kept people connected, the way we’re working is very Is efficient (sic)) and we will continue to do so because the people of India today (at any time) need more than us, ”he said.
Elaborating on the way forward for the travel sector, he said it was too early to predict the revival of international aviation. The epidemic will be recurring in waves until there is strong treatment and herd immunity develops through vaccination.
Signing with words of caution, he said, “We still don’t have proper control over the epidemic. I know that Europe is planning to open soon, with the rest of the world already talking about opening Are. Also be prepared. Chances are they will get the fourth wave in some countries, it will be the fifth wave and until we have herd immunity, we will continue it. “