Aviation

Cabinet clears revised air service agreement with Malaysia, Serbia

DELHI: The Cabinet on March 31 approved revised air service agreements with Malaysia and Serbia, a move that would help improve air connectivity to these nations.

The updation of the two Air Service Agreements (ASAs) are in accordance with the latest International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) template and takes into consideration the developments in civil aviation sector, reports PTI.

The revised pacts were approved by the Cabinet during its meeting here.

An official release said the revised text of ASA with Malaysia was initialed in 2011.

“Due to some diversion on Article 13 i.e. related to remittance of earning, the agreement could not be signed,” the release said, adding that last year, Malaysia agreed to changes in the article.

The current ASA with Malaysia was 1974 and that is being replaced with the new text as per latest ICAO template.

Among others, cooperative marketing arrangement for 3rd country airlines and clause on domestic code share has been added, the release said.

“The articles on ‘safety and security’ have been added in the revised ASA,” it added.
Further, the article related to ‘intermodal services’ have been added in the revised ASA that would permit air passengers and cargo to move through any intermodal transport from any point in the territory of other party.

Another official release said open sky policy has been formalised with Serbia under the national civil aviation policy.

Currently, there is no connectivity between the two nations and the revised agreement may lead to establishing connectivity between the two countries, it added.

“Now the Indian carriers can operate to any points in Serbia from points in India. Whereas the carriers of Serbia can establish direct operation to four metros — New Delhi, Mumbai and two more points to be specified later,” it noted.

The designated airlines would be entitled to exercise domestic code share operation to any four additional points in each other’s territory over and above the points specified in route schedule.

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