India grants carriers new international traffic rights

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India's ministry of civil aviation has detailed the international traffic rights awarded to private carriers, stating that none of the carriers have been allocated state-owned Air India's traffic rights.

For the summer season, the ministry granted low-cost airline SpiceJet rights to operate daily services from New Delhi to Kabul, Guangzhou, Dubai, Hong Kong and Riyadh.

The carrier was also granted rights on routes such as Madurai-Colombo, Hyderabad-Bangkok, Mumbai-Dubai and from Male to Trivandrum and Cochin.

Jet Airways was awarded rights to operate daily services on Mumbai routes to Chittagong, Kuwait, Singapore and Dar Es Salaam. The airline also received rights to operate daily flights on the New Delhi-Singapore, Kolkata-Bangkok, Trivandrum-Dubai and Chennai-Colombo-Male routes, and four times weekly between Guwahati and Dhaka.

IndiGo also received rights to operate daily services from Singapore to Chennai and Hyderabad; from Dubai to Cochin, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi; and on the Mumbai-Jeddah and Kolkata-Kathmandu routes.

Effective from winter this year, Jet Airways will be able to operate daily services from Mumbai to Frankfurt and Paris.

The airline is also permitted to operate from Brussels to Bangalore, Chicago, San Fransisco and Washington DC. From Munich, it can operate services to New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai.

"Traffic rights to private airlines have been given from the balance of traffic rights available as per air services agreements of the concerned country," says the country's civil aviation minister Ajit Singh.