India strengthens ties with Mozambique with the signing of air services agreement
July 22, 2016: India and Mozambique sign Air Services Agreement (ASA) to promote air connectivity between the two countries.
The two sides initiated the process of consultation in 2011 to finalise the text of Air Services Agreement. Presently there is no ASA between India and Mozambique.
The Union Cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the same.
The draft text of ASA has been finalised in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department. of Revenue/Department of Economic Affairs), Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Law & Justice (Department of Legal Affairs).
The major features of the agreement include multiple designations of airlines by each party and the designated airline of each party can enter into cooperative marketing arrangements with the designated carriers of same party, other party and that of a third party.
This agreement allows designated airlines of either countries to establish offices in the territory of other country for the promotion and sale of air services.
The designated airlines of the two countries shall have fair and equal opportunity to operate the agreed services on specified routes.
Apart from the above, the ASA also has the provisions relating to Revocation or Suspension of Operating Authorization, Principles governing operations of agreed services, commercial opportunities, safety and security related clause etc that were incorporated in the line of Indian model ASA.
Photo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi witnessing the signing of agreements, at Maputo, Mozambique on July 07, 2016.