Whats the sticking point in the US-India bilaterals? Northwest's demands for more flights?
Northwest doesn't have any restrictions on the number of flights they can operate to India. The restriction is on KLM because of the India-NL bilateral, which also prevents KLM from codesharing on NW
operated flights. The US DOT has maintained that this is not a matter they have jurisdiction over, despite NW
's protestations. It is an issue between India-NL and hence all US rulings are made over NW
's objections. An open skies deal would not change this at all.
There really is no sticking point at present. There were plenty in the early 1990s over AI
's proposed services to Chicago that were consistently objected to and finally approved only with the caveat that services via London be capped at 3x weekly (which is why we see 3x LHR
and 3x FRA
operations right now) - and then later over AI
's codesharing to the US West Coast, but those were sorted out in the late 1990s. Right now both sides would be willing to sign a new open skies bilateral - they just need to sit down and negotiate the details.
[Edited 2004-07-06 07:40:09]
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