Sri Lanka signs Open Skies Agreement with India

India signed an Open Skies Agreement with Sri Lanka and five other countries at the International Civil Aviation Negotiations (ICAN), 2016 which were held in Nassau, reported.

The other countries are Jamaica, Guyana, Czech Republic, Finland and Spain.

The open skies allows unlimited number of flights to six metro airports namely Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai.

The Conference was attended by 106 countries out of ICAO membership of 191 countries. India held negotiations with 17 countries and “Memorandum of Understanding” was signed with 12 countries.

India also renegotiated traffic rights with Oman increasing the entitlements with 6,258 seats effective from Summer 2017. India agreed with Saudi Arabia to increase the capacity by 8000 seats per week.

“This was in response to the needs of increasing traffic between the two countries where Indian carriers have been utilising open sky in Damman to mount more flights than the Saudi Arabian side,” the aviation ministry said. Indian also agreed with Ghana to increase the present allocation of 2 frequencies to 7 frequencies per week.

Negotiations were completed with nine countries to enable the legal framework between the governments of these countries to make possible code shares between the airlines ofIndia has signed an Open Skies Agreement with six countries at the International Civil Aviation Negotiations (ICAN), 2016 which were held in Nassau from December 5-9. two sides.

“The negotiations have enabled domestic code shares with Czech Republic, Portugal and Malaysia, domestic and international code shares including third country airlines with Guyana, removal of restriction of counting of capacity in case of code share with 3rd country carriers and domestic code share to additional two points to Mauritius, code share with 3rd country carriers and 4 additional domestic code share points with Saudi Arabia and Spain and code share with 3rd country carriers with Sri Lanka.” (Colombo Gazette)


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