More flights to Ethiopia, Kenya to boost India-Africa air link
Civil aviation ministry of India has agreed to increase air connectivity with Kenya and Ethiopia, while conceding Oman's long-pending demand for an increase in bilateral entitlements for air services. These measures were agreed upon at International Civil Aviation Negotiations 2015 held last month, the ministry announced on Thursday. During these negotiations memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with Finland, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Oman and Ethiopia. The capacity entitlements with Kenya have been increased from 14 frequencies for each side to 21 additional frequencies and Hyderabad was allowed as an additional point of call for the designated carriers of Kenya. Capacity entitlements between India and Ethiopia have been increased from 21 flights a week to 28 for both sides. Ethiopia was allowed to replace Kolkata with Bengaluru as a point of call. The release added that three additional domestic code share points exclusively for code sharing with state-run Air India have been granted, namely Jaipur, Kolkata and Pune. Courtesy: The Economic Times.