The Union Cabinet
chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval
for updation of the existing Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India
and Serbia which was signed on 31st January, 2003. The updation is as
per latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template
keeping in view the latest developments in civil aviation sector and
with an objective to improve the air connectivity between the two
2. The essential features of the new Air Services Agreement are as
(i) The open sky has been formalized with Serbia as per National Civil
Aviation Policy. Now the Indian carriers can operate to any points in
Serbia from points in India. Whereas the carriers of Serbia can
establish direct operation to 4 Metros - New Delhi, Mumbai and 2 more
points to be specified later. Apart from this through routing
flexibility any intermediate and beyond point can also be served by the
designated carriers of both sides.
(ii) The designated airlines shall be entitled to exercise domestic code
share operation to any four (4) additional points in the territory of
the other Party over and above the points specified in route schedule,
These 4 points may be specified at any time.
(iii) The designated Airline of each party can enter into cooperative
marketing arrangements with the designated carriers of same party, other
party and third country.
(iv) It will not only provide direct connectivity but also connectivity
through 3rd country carriers, which may also be viable for Indian
(v) Both countries shall be entitled to designate one or more airline.
In earlier arrangement only maximum of two airlines of could be
designated by each side.
The new updated and liberalized Air Services Agreement between India and
the Serbia has the potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism
and cultural exchange between the two countries bringing it in tune with
die 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. As of now there is no connectivity between
the two nations and the revised agreement may lead to establishing
connectivity between the two countries.