Indian, Singapore airlines to fly 10pc more passengers
NEW DELHI: Airlines of India and Singapore will now be able to fly 10 per cent more passengers with the signing of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance bilateral air traffic agreement.
The MoU, however, bars Singaporean carriers from operating the superjumbo Airbus A380 to India, Press Trust of India reported.
It enhances by 10 per cent the capacity entitlements with Indian carriers now entitled to operate 29,400 weekly passenger seats from India to Singapore and the designated airlines of Singapore flying 28,700 weekly passenger seats from Singapore to India, an official statement said here.
The MoU was signed by Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and Singapore's Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew earlier this week in Singapore.
"No additional point of call has been given to Singapore. India did not agree to the demand of Singapore for additional points of call at Pune and Madurai," the statement said.
The common pool rights for 5,160 seats earlier available to Singaporean airlines, which provided greater operational flexibility to them at major metro centres like Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, have now been withdrawn, it said.
Ajit also held discussions with the Singapore Transport Minister and Second Minister of Trade and Industry S. Iswaran to explore cooperation in various fields of civil aviation. Bernama