What do you understand by Open Sky policy? Discuss India's Open Sky Policy with reference to Draft National Civil Aviation Policy 2015.

Open sky policy refers to an agreement between two countries to allow any number of airlines to fly from either of them without any restriction on number of flights, number of destinations, number of seats, price etc. Currently, India has open sky agreements with US without restriction, some countries in EU and other continents with restrictions.
Open sky policy in Draft National Civil Aviation Policy 2015 provides for India to enter into Open Sky agreement with SAARC countries and countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5000 km radius from New Delhi.

Question for UPSC Mains:
What do you understand by Open Sky policy? Discuss India’s Open Sky Policy with reference to Draft National Civil Aviation Policy 2015.

Published: February 6, 2016 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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