India, Iran agree to expand air services

India and Iran on Friday signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) on air services, on the sidelines of the 16th India-Iran Joint Commission meeting. The civil aviation delegation of the two countries discussed air services matters and signed the new agreement.

The new agreement facilitates code sharing and marketing cooperation between the airlines of the two countries. The agreement also allows enhancement in the capacity entitlement for the designated airlines of each side from 23 services/week at present to 31 services/week.

Two additional points of call in the respective countries, to be mutually decided later, has also been agreed upon.

The new air services agreement (ASA) will be based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template. The revised ASA will supersede the ASA initialled between the two countries on 30 April 1980.

The new ASA has the potential to spur greater trade investment, tourism and strengthening the cultural exchange between the two countries besides being it in tune with the developments in the international civil aviation scenario, a government release said.