Does the open-skies agreement in India only apply to certain territories?
The seasonal open-skies (November to February) this year permits all airlines currently operating to India to increase frequencies or capacity on those routes they are already operating.
Does India restrict service in to India from countries outside of this open skies legislation?
All countries with whom a bilateral aviation treaty is in effect are covered by this seasonal open-skies policy.
Does the UK restrict services into LHR from India?
Yes. The UK-India bilateral permits 17 weekly services between the two countries on each side, plus an additional frequency to Kolkota (as amended in a sideletter). BA
utilizes all 17 of these frequencies (7x BOM, 7x DEL, 2x MAA, 1x CCU plus the additional CCU frequency) from the UK side. From the Indian side, Air India WANTS to operate the permitted 17 frequencies, but no slots at LHR
have been made available for them. As a result, they are restricted to only 10 frequencies at present. Of the 7 dormant frequencies, they allow Virgin to utilize 2 (and now 3) of them for DEL-LHR
flights provided that VS
grants codeshare rights on those flights (its actually a reverse-codeshare deal).
Are there slot restrictions/government control of slots into Indian airports?
The airports at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkota, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram are designated as Level 3 airports with consequent slot controls.
Does India have a Bermuda 2 type arrangement like LHR?
India-UK flights are governed by the bilateral agreement between the two countries described above.
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