India and New Zealand Ink MoU to Enhance Civil Aviation Collaboration

  • 31 Aug 2023

On 29th August, the governments of India and New Zealand have sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at bolstering cooperation in civil aviation.

Key Points

  • The MoU covers multiple facets of collaboration, including the introduction of new routes, code sharing services, traffic rights, and capacity entitlement.
  • Enhanced Air Services: The MoU outlines provisions enabling designated airlines from New Zealand to operate an unlimited number of services using various aircraft types.
  • Additionally, it grants third and fourth freedom traffic rights to and from six major Indian cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.
  • Continuing Cooperation: The MoU builds upon the Air Services Agreement signed by both countries on May 1, 2016, in Auckland.
  • The governments of India and New Zealand reviewed existing arrangements to further enhance air service connections.
  • Extensive Freedom Rights: The MoU affords significant freedom rights to designated airlines from both countries. It permits operations of all-cargo services with diverse aircraft types, featuring third, fourth, and fifth freedom traffic rights.
  • These rights encompass routes via intermediate points and extend to beyond points, irrespective of the Route Schedule.