Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Foreign flying rights up for Ethiopia

New Delhi: Air traffic on international routes, where Indian carriers do not fly to or have any plans to, is set to get a boost, with the government allowing a 25% increase of foreign flying rights between India and Ethiopia.

"Since Indian carriers do not have plans, Ethiopia's bilateral entitlements are being raised by 25%, basis the formula suggested by the committee of secretaries," said an official in the know, who did not want to be identified.

India and Ethiopia allow carriers from both sides to operate 28 services per week between them. While Ethiopian Airlines are using all of it and offer 11,172 seats per week, Indian carriers are neither utilising the bilateral rights currently, nor have any plans to. Under the new agreement, it will be increased to 35 services per week.

This makes Ethiopia the first beneficiary of the government's policy to allow flying rights to foreign countries on routes where Indian carriers do not have any plans to launch flights. This policy decision was taken by a committee of secretaries headed by the cabinet secretary, which was constituted to discuss reforms in bilateral air services agreements.
09/01/18 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times