India and Brazil sign new bi-lateral air services agreement

BASIC and BRIC economic group partners India and Brazil signed a new bi-lateral air services agreement (ASA) recently superseding an earlier 2006 agreement, with an intent to drive greater trade, economic investments and tourism between the two nations.

The new agreement allows for any number of designated airlines (which was previously limited to one per country), to operate up to 21 services per week in each direction with any aircraft not exceeding the capacity of a Boeing 747 (Code E) aircraft.

The designated airlines of each side are entitled to operate any point in each other’s territory, via any intermediate point and beyond to any point.

It remains to be seen how this agreement will spur flights between the two countries since no airline from either country operates flights.

There is open sky agreement in existence for all cargo operations between the two sides.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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