New air services agreements with Denmark, Norway and Sweden more flexible

New Delhi: In a move aimed at aligning air services agreements with global practices, the Government on Thursday amended a clause that required airlines of Denmark, Norway and Sweden to sign advance agreements with the Indian carriers. It also amended rules to allow carriers of these countries to fix fares on a commercial basis.

A cabinet meeting, chaired by prime minister Manmohan Singh, approved the changes made to these air services agreements, according to information and broadcasting minister PR Dasmunsi told reporters here.

The amendments include a provision on tariffs, which allows the designated carriers of these countries to decide the fares based on commercial considerations. Airlines of the three countries would also not be required to file tariffs for air services to India.

Designated carriers of the three countries and Indian carriers will now operate code-share flights, including those to third countries.

According to Dasmunsi, the amendments have the potential to spur greater trade, investment and tourism between these countries.