An American ban on carry-on electronic devices on planes bound for countries such as the UAE and Qatar in West Asia to the US could turn into a boon for Indian airliner, especially the heavily-indebted national carrier Air India. The restrictions are not applicable for flights originating in India, and without stopovers in the countries facing the latest restrictions.
Etihad Airways PJSC, Qatar Airways Ltd., and Emirates Airline Ltd, which carry about 19 percent of travelers flying to and from India, may be the worst hit by the move to ban the use of iPads and laptops on aircraft originating from cities including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Cairo, and Istanbul. The move may impact about 50 flights a day. Indian Airline Air India, which currently flies to New York, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco in the U.S., will boost its international operations including a new direct flight to Washington as early as July, Vinod Hejmadi said in a statement.