India and New Zealand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand civil aviation between the two countries.
The MoU was signed by India’s Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal and the High Commissioner of New Zealand, David Pine.
India’s Minister of Civil Jyotiraditya Scindia and the New Zealand Minister for Trade Growth, Agriculture, Biosecurity, Land Information, and Rural Communities O’Connor were present on this occasion.
Mr Scindia said in a tweet:
“A special day for the India – New Zealand relationship! Delighted to witness the signing of an MoU to expand civil aviation between the two countries. Confident that it will pave way for a sea of opportunities for people and businesses, and thus, further deepen our ties.”
This agreement will cover key areas like scheduling new routes, codeshare services, capacity entitlement, aviation security, and aviation training.
Similarly, the designated airlines from India will be able to operate any number of services to/from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and three more points in New Zealand to be named by the Indian Government.
Earlier, on 1 May 2017, India and New Zealand had also signed the Air Services Agreement in Auckland. After a detailed review, both nations have added points to further boost the bilateral ties in civil aviation.
India is among New Zealand’s top 15 trading partners, with two-way trade in goods and services worth nearly NZ$2.2 billion.
Exports to India are worth NZ$1.1 billion (NZ$467 million in goods, NZ$633 million in services) with imports worth NZ$1 billion (NZ$878 million in goods, NZ$202 million in services).
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