The Union Cabinet
chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the
signing of the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Georgia.
The Agreement between the two countries is based on latest International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template keeping in view of
developments in Civil Aviation sector and with an objective to improve
the air connectivity between the two countries. Presently there is no
Air Services Agreement between these two countries. ASA is the basic
legal framework for any air operation between the two countries.
The agreement will help establish air connectivity between the two
The features of the Air Services Agreement are as follows:
i. Both countries shall be entitled to designate one or more airline.
ii. Now the Indian carriers can operate to any points in Georgia from
any points in India. Whereas the carriers of Georgia can establish
direct operation to six points namely New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru,
Hyderabad, Chennai and Goa. Apart from this through routing flexibility
any intermediate and beyond point can also be served by the designated
carriers of both sides.
iii. The designated airlines of either country shall have the right to
establish offices in the territory of the other country for the
promotion and sale of air services.
iv. The designated Airline of each party can enter into cooperative
marketing arrangements with the designated carriers of same party, other
party and that of a Third party. In view of this, it will not only
facilitate the direct connectivity but also connectivity through 3rd
country carriers. It will provide viable options for the carriers of
The Air Services Agreement between India and the Georgia 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.