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India May Expand Flight Access for U.S., U.K., 33 Other Nations

October 17, 2011

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- India may consider allowing more flights from 35 countries including the U.S. and the U.K., Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi said in Mumbai today.

The negotiations may include the so-called fifth freedom rights, he said. Fifth freedom rights allow airlines to take passengers to a third destination.

As of April last year, Indian carriers were eligible to sell 711,356 seats per week on flights to and from 104 countries.They utilized only 170,914 seats a week, compared with 326,705 seats by overseas airlines, official data showed.

The Indian national auditor’s report on curbing flying rights of Emirates Airline and other Middle East carriers was being reviewed by a parliamentary panel, Ravi said. He declined to comment if India would reduce capacity entitlement to Emirates in the current round of negotiations.

--Editors: Arijit Ghosh, Abhay Singh

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