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India, Italy sign aviation pact, allow more flights

India and Italy signed a new air services agreement in New Delhi on Wednesday that modifies the existing pact to allow airlines of both countries to operate at least seven more flights a week in each direction.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 03:37 IST

India and Italy signed a new air services agreement in New Delhi on Wednesday that modifies the existing pact to allow airlines of both countries to operate at least seven more flights a week in each direction.

The new pact allows for multiple carriers -- including private airlines -- to be designated to fly between the two countries. This will be in addition to current flag carriers Alitalia and Air India.

Under various combinations, the carriers of the two sides can now fly as many as 24 flights a week between India and Italy.

The two sides -- led by India's Civil Aviation Secretary Ajay Prasad and Italy's Director General for Navigation, Merchant Navy and Air Transport Aldo Sansone -- also agreed to make Kolkata a new point of call in India for Italian carriers.

Currently, no Indian carrier serves Italy, while Alitalia flies to Delhi and Mumbai.

Italy had for a long time been seeking India's nod to allow more Italian airlines, such as Blue Panorama, Euroflight and cargo airliner Ocean, to not only fly to India but also to allow them access to a larger number of Indian cities.

Designated Indian carriers can now operate air services to Rome and Milan. The intermediate points of call are Karachi, Kandahar, Jeddah, Bahrain, Kuwait, Tel Aviv, Dhahran, Tehran, Basra, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Cairo, Athens, Sophia, Istanbul and Belgrade.

Indian carriers can also fly home from several third country stations via Italy. These stations are Vienna, Geneva, Zurich, Prague, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt or Dusseldorf or Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Shannon, Gander, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Indian carriers can operate without fifth freedom rights between Madrid or Lisbon and one point in Latin America, including South America, Central America and Mexico.

The airlines designated by Italy can operate air services to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, with intermediate points of call like Istanbul, Athens, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad, Basra, Tehran, Dhahran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jeddah, Kandahar and Karachi.

Italian carriers can also operate via India from Yangon, Bangkok and further on to Saigon, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo, Singapore, Jakarta, Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Italian carriers will not have fifth freedom rights while operating between India and Beijing, Shanghai and one point in Australia or Asia, including China.