Limits of flights to key Indian cities from the UK have been scrapped to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled services between the two countries.
The agreement was signed during a visit to India by the UK government’s aviation minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon where he led a delegation of British companies for the CAPA India Aviation Summit.
Lord Ahmad encouraged Indian businesses to partner with UK aerospace companies when he met with India’s Cabinet Minister for Civil Aviation, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, minister of state at the ministry of civil aviation, Jayant Sinha and representatives from Indian airlines.
Lord Ahmad says: “We are unlocking new trade and tourism opportunities which will boost our economies, create new jobs and open up new business links. This is great news for both the UK and India and is yet another sign that we are open for business and ready to build and strengthen our trade links.”
India Civil Aviation Minister, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju adds: “I am sure that this agreement will bring direct and indirect benefits to many sectors of the economies of our two countries.”
There are 88 scheduled services a week in each direction between India and the UK, and the agreement will open up more routes and opportunities, and the UK government says the final decision will be a commercial one for airlines.