India, Pak to hold talks reviewing air services
The top officials from the two countries would hold talks to iron out differences on tariff and non-tariff barriers.india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 19:58 IST
The top officials from India and Pakistan would hold talks next month to review the bilateral air services agreement, to further commercial cooperation and to iron out differences on tariff and non-tariff barriers.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said the civil aviation officials of both the countries would meet in New Delhi on March 7-8 to review the existing bilateral air services agreement.
A Pakistani delegation headed by retired General Muhammad Asharaf Chaudhry, Additional Secretary of Defence would travel to New Delhi for talks with their counterparts, a ministry statement said.
The officials will discuss the possibility of setting up air links between more cities and increasing the number of airlines flying the routes, it said.
Last year the two sides held inconclusive discussions. During that meeting Pakistan surprised India by asking for permission to operate its Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights to Kochi, Hyderabad and Chennai, besides the existing Delhi and Mumbai.
In addition, Pakistan has offered Islamabad and Peshawar as additional routes for Indian Airlines and Indian private operators.
India, while promising to consider Pakistan's request for three more destinations on Indian routes, did not show much interest in the new destinations proposed by Islamabad due to viability factor.
Both sides also held inconclusive discussions over permitting private airlines between the agreed destinations.