Friday, September 15, 2017

With unlimited flight services, ‘open sky’ pact may help reduce fares

New Delhi: India and Japan Thursday agreed to an ‘open sky’ arrangement under which the airlines of both countries can operate an unlimited number of flights. The agreement was signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held strategic discussions on a wide range of issues.
The move is set to increase air travel and tourism between the two countries. An official release said India and Japan exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open sky.
The agreement was signed in accordance with the National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016. It NACP permits the government to enter into an ‘open sky’ air services agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC nations as well as countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5,000 km radius from New Delhi.

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement saying, “The two Prime ministers welcomed the expansion of civil aviation connectivity between India and Japan, utilising the recently updated open sky policies between the two countries.”
15/09/17 New Indian Express