Agreement on Air Traffic Signed between Georgia and India

Within the visit of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, an Agreement on Air Traffic signed between the Governments of Georgia and India. The Agreement was signed by Giorgi Gakharia and the Minister of Civil Aviation of India, Ashok Gajapati. 

Flights between the countries shall be based on Open Sky liberal principles, which implies establishing of the air-enterprises and allowing them to determine the tariffs, flight frequency and provide air navigation safety requirements established by the ICAO. 

Air travel will be available between the various parts of the countries, which are or may be the points of the international air traffic. For air-carriers assigned by Georgia several destinations will be available including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Goa.

“Open Sky agreement will facilitate development of aviation and flights. I think that since we are preparing to sign the Free Trade Agreement with a country and have already started to explore opportunities in this direction, direct flights and the Open Sky regime will contribute greatly to business relations and facilitate the rapid economic growth,” – Giorgi Gakharia stated.

“This agreement is very important in terms of further development of the relations between Georgia and India. It serves to the facilitation of the relations between the nations, cultures and economies and in total, it is a great step forward. We also agreed upon the further consultations in order to establish direct flights between the two countries as soon as possible” – Georgian Ambassador to India, Archil Dzuliashvili noted.

There was no Air Traffic Agreement signed between Georgia and India. However, the consultations on this issue were launched in 2016, when on November 9 of 2016 the Memorandum of Cooperation in Civil Aviation was signed in Tbilisi upon the meeting of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and the Minister of Civil Aviation of India. On 9-10 January, 2017, negotiations on the issue were held in Tbilisi and as a result, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Civil Aviation officials of the two countries. Final draft of the Agreement on Air Traffic was also adopted during the consultations which led to the signing of the Agreement on April 11, 2017.

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