India and U.S. Increase Flights Between Countries

    April 15, 2005

The United States and India signed an aviation agreement in which both countries can operate as many flights between each other as they like.

A fifty-year-old treaty limited the amount of flights between the two countries until the new agreement was signed by India’s Aviation Minister Praful Patel and The U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.

According to an article from The Hindu,

“Several U.S. carriers have already announced new services. Delta plans a daily service between New York and Chennai while Northwest Airlines plans a service connecting Minneapolis and Bangalore. Recently, Continental Airlines announced new non-stop service between Newark and New Delhi from November 1.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for replacing the 1956 Air Services Agreement with the new one according to which Air India and other carriers will have ports of call other than the existing ones such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Newark (New Jersey). Similarly, American carriers will also be able to have direct operations to additional cities in India. Currently, Indian carriers operate 28 flights a week to the U.S. which, in turn, has 14 flights. Mr. Patel said the agreement would help Air India realise its plans to operate flights to Washington, San Francisco and Houston. The private carrier Jet Airways has been allowed to operate flights to New York via Brussels.”

The demand for more flights between th two countries has grown since the number of Indian immigrants to the U.S. has grown.

The agreement was proposed last year by the United States.

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