India and United Kingdom (UK) have signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled flights between the two countries.
The MoU was formally signed by Union Minister of Civil Aviation Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju on behalf of India and Lord Tariq Ahmad of UK during his visit to India.
Under this MoU
- Limits on flights from key Indian cities including Chennai and Kolkata have been scrapped, allowing for a greater range of flights for passengers while providing a boost to trade and tourism for the UK and India.
- All destinations in the UK is opened for Indian carriers for code share flights, and UK carriers can also operate code share flights to any International Airport in India, through domestic code share arrangements.
The increase in number of flights between both countries will boost businesses and tourists. It will bring direct and indirect benefits to many sectors of the economies of two countries. Tourism from India makes an important contribution to the UK’s economy. In 2015, there were 422,000 visitors from India to the UK, bringing more than 433 million pounds to its economy.