Air India currently flies 12 times a week between the two countries, with the fifth freedom to pick up passengers to continue their journey to the United States in 10 of them. The agreement provides for an extension of these rights of the Fifth Freedom. The United Kingdom and India have agreed on a bilateral agreement that will double the number of services allowed between the two countries and add new destinations. The real price could therefore be one million passengers – 3,000 per day – who currently use an airport in the Middle East, mainly Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH) or Doha (DOH). Any new direct traffic between the UK and India will almost certainly be subject to fierce competition from Middle Eastern airlines who want to protect this huge market. Both parties agree that the services provided by an airline designated under this agreement maintain as a priority objective the provision of capabilities that are the priority objective of the transport requirements between the country of which that airline is a national and the countries where it is a national flying state and the countries where traffic ends. The right to escalate or descend international traffic to third countries and from third countries, to one or certain places on the routes mentioned in this agreement, is applied in accordance with the general principles of development ordered that both parties approve and is governed by the general principle that capacity should be linked. : The UK Government confirms the agreement and finds that 2.5 million passengers travel directly between countries each year and that there are 88 scheduled flights per week in each direction. He added: “Today`s agreement will open up even more avenues and opportunities.” “The increase in frequency shows our success on the Delhi-London line, its importance in our network and the constant demand for a top-notch full service carrier from India,” said Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara. The bmi member of the Star Alliance has also expressed interest in flights to India, and if the demand for services exceeds that permitted by the new agreement, the UK Civil Aviation Authority will hold a close bilateral hearing to decide on the allocation of slots. The likely winners for new routes could be airports such as Goa (GOI), Amritsar (ATQ), Kochi (COQ) and Kolkata (CCU), none of which have a direct connection to London Heathrow despite the annual traffic of 30,000 to 60,000 passengers.
Air services made available to the public by air carriers operating under this agreement are closely linked to the public`s requirements for these services. Each of the contracting parties may, at any time, notify the other party of its intention to denounce this agreement.