Seat capacity of Indian passenger carriers to Singapore expanded

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The seat capacity of Indian passenger carriers flying to Singapore has been increased by 10 percent, the civil aviation ministry said Friday.

The development comes as the two governments signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral air services arrangement (BASA) on April 2 in Singapore.

According to a ministry statement, the MoU was signed in the presence of Indian Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and Singapore’s Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew.

“It (MoU) rationalizes the capacity entitlement of both countries in terms of seats per week in each direction with a route specific cap for Singapore on each route,” the statement said.

Indian passenger carriers will now have an entitlement to operate 29,400 weekly seats from India to Singapore, while designated Singapore-based airline will be entitled to operate 28,700 weekly passenger seats to India.

“No additional point of call has been given to Singapore. India also did not agree to the demand of Singapore for additional point of calls from Pune and Madurai,” the statement said.

The Indian government has also withdrawan common pool rights of 5,160 seats earlier available to Singapore, which provided greater operational flexibility at major metro centres viz Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

The designated airlines of Singapore can operate with any aircraft type except Airbus A-380 which is being operated by Singapore Airlines, as none of the Indian passenger carriers operates the world’s largest airplane.

During the visit, Ajit Singh also held minister-level discussions with Lui Tuck Yew and Trade and Industry Minister S. Iswaran, to explore the possibility of co-operation in the area of civil aviation.

“Both the sides, while expressing satisfaction on growing trade and economic co-operation, felt that there was a need to foster greater co-operation in the area of airport development and airport management,” the statement added.

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