Singapore: India and Singapore Tuesday signed an enhanced air services agreement, immediately raising airline seats by 10 percent on each way in a response to growing passenger traffic between the two countries.
"As demand for air services between both countries continue to grow, the bilateral air services agreement was enhanced to include more capacity entitlements," a statement from Singapore's Transport Ministry said.
"As part of the enhancement of the agreement, both countries also agreed to meet regularly to review air services matters," the Ministry said.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and Singapore Transport Minister Liu Tuck Yew were present during the signing of the agreement.
Singh, in Singapore from April 2 to 4, is leading Civil Aviation officials in talks with Singapore ministers and officials. He also exchanged views on air transport issues with Lui.
Singh will also discuss the importance of air connectivity in enhancing bilateral trade ties between India and Singapore, with S Iswaran, Singapore's Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Trade & Industry and Home Affairs.
Visiting Singapore on invitation, Singh is accompanied by senior officials from the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The agreement was a rationalisation of traffic entitlements for both countries, including aircraft, Prabhat Kumar, Joint Secretary of the Civil Aviation Ministry, said.
Under the agreement, both sides have increased seats by 10 percent. Indian airlines would have 29,300 seats per week and Singapore 28,600, which would mean using more flights.
"We have also agreed to meet every two years to discuss matters related to air services," Kumar said.
The Air Services Agreement with India was first signed in 1968 and last updated in 2011.
Currently, Singapore is linked by air services to 12 Indian cities, with 216 flights weekly between the two countries, making it the most connected destination in Southeast Asia.
First Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 22:02