Monday, August 6, 2012

Asean Airlines Could Offer Unlimited Flights to Indian Metros

Indian Government is likely to permit airlines from the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) to offer unlimited flights to Delhi, capital city of India, says a report that was published in The Hindu Business Line, an Indian financial daily.

Flights to Delhi will be offered from the capital cities of the member countries.

The report states eventually Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata will also be offered this exemption and unlimited flights will be offered to these Indian cities.

Once the proposal is approved by the Government of India, the 2003 India-Asean open sky agreement that permits airlines to run daily flights to various metros is set for an updation.

Carriers from the Asean region are also permitted to provide unlimited flights to several India tourist destinations like Kochi, Thiruvanathapuram, Kozhikode, Tiruchi, Port Blair and Visakhapatnam. Officials point out that India is now likely to pursue China’s example in liberalising its air services agreement with the Asean.

The report also makes it clear that such international accords work on the basis of reciprocity. This means Indian airlines will also be authorised to operate more flights to the Asean region.

UK and other international travellers who plan twin centre holidays in the Southeast region are likely to be benefited by the move as this allows them greater flexibility and much more alternatives in terms of flights between India and Asean destinations.

Asean, the 10-member regional bloc includes countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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