India and UK sign MoU to ease restrictions on number of scheduled flights
- India and the UK signed a MoU to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled flights between the two countries, following successful talks in India.
- Limits on flights from key Indian cities including Chennai and Kolkata have been scrapped, allowing for a greater range of flights for passengers while providing a boost to trade and tourism for the UK and India.
- Building new links with important trading partners is a key part of the government’s plans for a Global Britain, opening up new export markets and creating jobs and economic growth.
- The agreement also opened all destinations in the UK for Indian carriers for code share flights, and reciprocally the UK carriers can also operate code share flights to any International Airport in India, through domestic code share arrangements.
- Tourism from India makes an important contribution to the UK economy. In 2015, there were 422,000 visits from India to the UK, bringing more than £433 million to the economy.
- India is a rapidly expanding and important market for aviation and the agreement signed today will allow airlines to develop new services and air routes.
- The final decision on additional flights between the UK and India is a commercial one for airlines.