Thursday, December 1, 2022

India, Canada talks on expansion of bilateral air services

Once such an agreement is signed, each country is free to allocate the bilateral rights to its respective airlines

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Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia met Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra on Wednesday and held talks about expansion of the bilateral air service agreement between India and Canada.

For airlines of a country to operate international flights to another country, the two sides negotiate and sign a “bilateral air services agreement”, which decides how many flights (or seats) per week can be allowed to fly from one country to the other.

Once such an agreement is signed, each country is free to allocate the bilateral rights to its respective airlines. Even after such flying rights are allocated to an airline, it must have slots at both the airports in order to start flight operations.

Canada has a huge Indian diaspora and the agreement will ensure more direct connections to destinations in India from Canada

 

The agreement’s expansion will mean more flights between the two countries. “I personally thanked my counterpart for India’s help in repatriating Canadians stuck in India in the beginning of the pandemic,” Alghabra stated on Twitter after the meeting.

Canada has a huge Indian diaspora and the agreement will ensure more direct connections to destinations in India from Canada. Alghabra said that he was looking forward to more talks to open up travel between the two countries including flights to Amritsar.

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Tirthankar Ghosh
Tirthankar Ghosh is a senior journalist and presently Managing Editor, Newsline Publications. He has also been writing for well over 15 years for the New York-based Air Cargo News Flying Typers.

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