Air India, the country’s flag carrier, has recently claimed that its passenger bookings on UAE-India routes saw a double-digit growth since the US government imposed the electronics ban on certain US-bound routes, Arabian Business reported.
Last year, almost 2.7 million passengers flew from India to the USA of which around 1.3 million used the Gulf carriers – Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways with transit in their Middle East hubs.
Following the US government’s ban, Air India’s official told Arabian Business that the airline saw an increase of 18-20% in passenger load on UAE-India routes, with many flying to the US and Europe from India.
In addition, a significant number of Middle Eastern travelers also transited in India for their flights to the US. The airline offers a free lounge facility for international passengers transiting through India for 6 to 12 hours of waiting.
Air India now operates a fleet of 112 aircraft and flies to a total of 90 destinations, 52 domestic and 37 international, in 27 countries.
In the end of March, US and UK governments have almost simultaneously announced banning large electronic devices in the cabin on inbound direct flights from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa as a part of increased safety measures. The ban has been in power ever since.