In rare concession, India to hike Saudi flying rights by 40%

Saudi Arabia is set to become the biggest and only beneficiary of India’s tightly managed foreign flying rights regime with the Centre giving the oil-rich nation a 40% hike in quota from April 1.

The move, which follows the India visit of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman last month, will make Saudi Arabia the only country within a 5,000-km flying distance from India to have its quota increased by the Narendra Modi-led government. Requests for an increase in flying rights by  others like Dubai, Qatar, China, Singapore and Malaysia, among others, have been rejected.

Saudi Arabia had announced plans to invest $100 billion in India’s infrastructure sector during the crown prince’s visit.  Read More

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