The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri K.C. Venugopal informed Lok Sabha today that the allocation of traffic rights to an applicant airline for international operation on a particular sector depends upon the availability of such rights under the respective bilateral air services agreement. The Government has recently granted traffic rights to Indian scheduled carriers for operation on the following new international routes - Delhi-Rome-Madrid/ Barcelona, Delhi-Moscow, Delhi-Sydney/ Melbourne, Mumbai-Nairobi, Mumbai-Al Najaf, Lucknow- Al Najaf, Varanasi- Al Najaf, Mumbai-Jakarta, Mumbai-Zurich, Delhi-Tashkent, Mumbai-Ho Chi Minh City, Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City, Delhi-Macau.
This move is expected to give a major boost to Indian carriers and spur growth of the Indian civil aviation sector as a whole by considerably improving connectivity of Indian cities with international destinations.
The Government has received requests from eligible Indian carriers for operation on international routes. During the last three years Government has granted traffic rights to eligible Indian carriers for operation to the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Macao, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, , Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, USA and Vietnam.
08/05/13 Press Information Bureau