Indian, Malaysian carriers to operate 20,410 seats per week

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New Delhi, Nov 17 (UNI) India and Malaysia today revised their Air Services Agreement, allowing the designated airlines of each country to operate 20,410 seats per week in each direction with effect from Summer 2009.

The designated airlines of Malaysia will operate: Delhi (5,620 seats per week), Mumbai (3,770 seats), Chennai (4,740 seats), Kolkata (1,000 seats), Bangalore (2,730 seats) and Hyderabad (2,550 seats).

The designated airlines of both countries have been entitled to operate unlimited number of frequencies with any type of aircraft with capacity not exceeding that of a B747-400 aircraft on the routes specified.

On the request of the Malaysian side, the Indian delegation agreed that the designated airlines of Malaysia will be permitted to use the unutilized entitlements at Kolkata for operations to and from Mumbai.

No rights have been increased but India has allowed adjustment within the overall capacity to allow a second airline to operate, an official release said.

The revised capacity entitlements will enable another designated airline of Malaysia to commence a daily service to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

However, in the event one of the Malaysian airlines does not either commence operations by winter 2009-10 schedule or withdraws its services on a particular route, the allocation of the entitlements on that route will be reviewed, the release said.

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