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India-Japan Signed Open-Sky Pact

Published on September 16, 2017
India and Japan have signed an open-sky pact which will result in the reduction in airfares.

India-Japan Signed Open-Sky Pact

Highlights of the Pact

  • Airlines from India and Japan will soon be able to operate as many flights as possible between New Delhi and Tokyo
  • Japanese airlines can add as many flights, depending on availability of slots, at six major airports in the country: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
  • Indian carriers will also have no restriction on adding flights to Japanese destinations
  • Japan will be a new addition to the list of countries that have signed open skies with India, after the new civil aviation policy allowed such agreements with all Saarc nations and countries beyond a 5,000-km radius. 
  • India recently signed such agreements with Greece, Jamaica, Guyana, the Czech Republic, Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka. 

New Civil Aviation Policy of India

  • National Civil Aviation Policy was approved by Union Cabinet on 15 June, 2016.
  • It covers the broad policy areas, such as Regional connectivity, Safety, Air Transport Operations, 5/20 Requirement for International Operations, Bilateral traffic rights, Fiscal Support, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, Air-cargo, Aeronautical 'Make in India'.
  •  The UDAN Scheme which was launched on April 27, 2017 by PM Narendra Modi, is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP)
  • New civil aviation policy allows open-sky agreement with all Saarc nations and countries beyond a 5,000-km radius. 
  • The policy also mandates 80% utilisation of bilateral seat rights by Indian carriers to trigger any further increase in flying rights

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