Aviation : Open Sky Policy

What is Open sky policy?

Open skies is an international policy that calls for the liberalization of the rules and regulations of the international aviation industry in order to create a free-market environment. Its primary objectives are:
  • to liberalize the rules for international aviation markets and minimize government intervention as it applies to passenger, all-cargo, and combination air transportation as well as scheduled and charter services; and
  • to adjust the regime under which military and other state-based flights may be permitted.
What is India’s stand on this policy?
  • India is not in favour of this policy as it will hamper domestic aviation players growth
  • Currently, India has open sky agreements with US without restriction.
  • And India has near open skies for the U.K. (restriction on flights to and from Mumbai and Delhi Airports).



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