MUMBAI, MARCH 27: Singapore has refused to sign the bilateral pact for flights with India. This means the hoped-for increase in the number of flights between the two countries is unlikely to happen. Earlier this month, representatives of the Indian and Singapore governments met to sign the bilateral agreement. But the meeting was inconclusive. For the time being, there does not seem to be any possibility of further negotiations.
The issue gains significance in the light of the government’s permission to allow private domestic carriers including Jet Airways and Air Sahara to fly to more overseas destinations including Singapore. A senior official in the aviation industry said, ‘‘Representatives from both the countries met earlier this month, but the signing of the bilateral agreement did not take place.’’ The official added that the talks were centred around the issue of having more flights between India and Singapore.
Does anyone have any details on exactly what it is that Singapore refused to sign?
Pure speculation on my part - India wanted to "gradually" open up the market, but Singapore wanted a mechanism where they could get their desired 210 flights a week (discussed in the past)? Or possibly Singapore wants "cabotage" rights within India (Imagine flying Bangalore -> Ahmedabad on SQ!)?