Union Cabinet chaired
by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of Air
Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Greece.
The Agreement has the potential to spur greater trade, investment,
tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries bringing it in
tune with the developments in the civil aviation sector. It will provide
enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity while
providing commercial opportunities to the carriers of both the sides
ensuring greater safety and security.
The essential features of the ASA are as follows:
i. Both countries shall be entitled to designate one or more airline.
ii. The designated airlines of either country shall have the right to
establish offices in the territory of the other country for the
promotion end sale of air services.
iii. The designated airlines of the two countries shall have fair and
equal opportunity to operate the agreed services on specified routes.
iv. The designated Airline of each party can enter into cooperative
marketing arrangements with the designated carriers of same party, other
party and third country,
v. As per the Route Schedule, the Indian carriers can operate to Athens,
Thessaloniki, HerakIion and any 3 points to be specified later in Greece
from points in India, whereas the carriers of Hellenic Republic can
establish direct operation to 6 metros viz. New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru,
Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennal. Any points shall be available as
intermediate and beyond point for the designated carriers of India as
well as the designated carriers of Greece.
At present there is no ASA between India and Greece. The delegations of
two sides met in New Delhi on 6-7th September, 2016 and finalized the
text of ASA. The agreement is as per latest International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO) template keeping in view the latest developments in
civil aviation sector and with an objective to improve the air
connectivity between the two countries.