India, New Zealand ink deal for direct flights

India and New Zealand had signed a deal that opens the door for direct flights between the two countries to boost trade. Air New Zealand, Air India and Singapore Airlines are among the operators which have the potential to run such a direct service, New Zealand Herald reported. Bridges said that New Zealand airlines now have the opportunity to code-share to seven Indian cities - Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. Once's there a direct flight that will really change the paradigm in terms of tourism and trade, a direct flight reduces a lot of non-tariff barriers. A direct flight will solve a lot of issues on the trade front as well as on the tourism front. Since the New Zealand Government's Air Transport policy was introduced in 2012, a 50 new or amended air agreements had been negotiated, bringing the total to 78. Most of the major airlines in the world are now able to operate services to New Zealand without restriction, with 18 new air routes announced in the past year alone, the report said. New Zealand's annual trade with India is worth more than 1 billion dollars. In the year to March 31, 2016, Courtesy: The Economic Times

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