India, EU annual summit could lead to "open skies" agreement

New Delhi: The finalisation of an agreement between India and the European Union in the course of their annual summit could pave the way for an eventual "open skies" agreement between the two countries, according to Ms D Smajda, who leads the European Union delegation to the meeting.

Speaking to the media at a conference to announce the launch of a Jet Airways daily flight on the Delhi-Brussels-New York sector, Ms Smajda said that such an agreement would provide the legal framework to work towards an "open skies" agreement between India and the EU.

Meanwhile, addressing the press conference, Jet Airways chairman, Naresh Goyal, said that the airline was keen to operate more flights to the US and planned to connect Washington DC and Chicago among other cities.

"The airline plans to launch a service on the Mumbai-Shanghai-San Francisco route from February next year which would make us the only carrier other than the Chinese and the US carriers to operate on the route," Goyal said.