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UAE in support of open skies agreement with India

9th July, 2020 International News


- The UAE is keen to have an open sky agreement with India.

- UAE doesn’t wish to implement sixth and fifth degree of freedom.

Open Sky Policy:

- An Open Skies policy means liberalisation and ease of access and rules of use of national airports for foreign airlines.

- It is joined in order to increase the tourist flow and to develop the potential as a regional air hub.

- The degree of “sky openness” depends on the freedoms of the air in the country granted to foreign airlines.

- There are 9 such freedoms according to the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Indian Open Sky Policy:

- As per National Civil Aviation Policy 2016, Government has planned to enter into an ‘Open Sky’ Air Service Agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC countries and countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5000 km radius from New Delhi.

- Unlimited flights above the existing bilateral rights will be allowed directly to and from major airports within the country as notified by the Government time to time.

Fifth and Sixth degree of freedom:

- Degree of freedom are the rules determined by International Civil aviation 1944.

Reference: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/uae-in-support-of-open-skies-agreement-with-india/article32024879.ece