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Emirates' Operations Contributed $848 Million To India’s GDP: NCAER

According to a study done by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Emirates' operations in India have contributed over $848 million annually to country's GDP while supporting over 86,000 Indian jobs and generating almost $1.7 billion in foreign exchange earnings

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According to a study done by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Emirates' operations in India have contributed over $848 million annually to country's GDP while supporting over 86,000 Indian jobs and generating almost $1.7 billion in foreign exchange earnings. Emirates is the world's largest international airline which has been operating in India since 1985. Currently, Emirates operate 183 weekly flights to nine points across India, offering customers seamless connections to more than 140 destinations.

An economic impact study that measures Emirates' contribution to the Indian economy was released in the capital on November 26, 2015 by NCAER.

In February 2014, the aeronautical authorities of India and the UAE negotiated the first expansion of seat entitlements since 2008. As a result, Dubai-based carriers were awarded an additional 11,000 seats per week. The NCAER study models the economic value of potential future bilateral increases and forecasts that, if Emirates were to operate an additional 4,500 weekly seats between India and Dubai, an additional 4,800 jobs would be created, Foreign Exchange Earnings would rise to $1.8 billion with the arrival of almost 40,000 more tourists a year.

If the bilateral arrangements were expanded to allow an additional 13,849 seats per week, NCAER forecasts that Emirates' operations would support 100,405 jobs a year, contribute US $987.8 million towards GDP and boost Foreign Exchange Earnings to $2 billion per year.

With India's aim to become the third-largest aviation market by 2020 and the largest by 2030, the NCAER study emphasises the important contribution that Emirates makes to India's economy and aviation sector. The report also forecasts the increased contribution that Emirates would be able to make if capacity entitlements were expanded.

Adnan Kazim, Divisional Senior Vice President - Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation and Aeropolitical Affairs, Emirates Airline said: "In the past 30 years, we have progressively grown our services to India by increasing capacity and opening new routes."

"The NCAER study underlines the importance of air transport and its role as an economic driver in India. Aviation facilitates trade and tourism, and creates employment in many different industries. Emirates' annual operations alone support more than 86,000 jobs across India and contribute US$848 million to the economy. We are confident that with increased capacity, we can contribute even more to India's economic growth and development by opening new conduits for trade and investment, through our growing worldwide network."

Dr Saurabh Bandyopadhyay, NCAER, said: "The current NCAER report observed that Emirates makes an important contribution to the Indian air transport sector in terms of passenger traffic and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE). The airline's economic contribution to the air transport sector is seen to percolate to the economy at large through various multiplier effects. The study predicts further escalation of economic benefits for the Indian economy as Emirates grows the number of seats into India. This growth would result in direct economic contribution, multiplier effect on output and job-creation along with an induced effect on tourism. Apart from the quantified benefits from Emirates' operations in India, the identified qualitative benefits also entreat an expansion of its operation in India."