The civil aviation ministry on Friday said that India and Korea have agreed to increase capacity entitlements for carriers on both sides to 19 flights per week from the existing six.
India and Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance bilateral air service cooperation last month.
Apart from the increase in frequencies, both countries also agreed to open more destinations for airlines on both sides.
Korean carriers have been allowed to mount flight from two additional destinations —Chennai and Bengaluru. Indian carriers, who can connect Tokyo and Los Angeles via Korea, have now been allowed to connect Seattle and Vancouver too via Korea.
The increase in bilateral entitlements with Korea was agreed upon after the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
An official statement said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a state visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) on the invitation of Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea on May 18-19, 2015. The two leaders welcomed and encouraged the ongoing efforts, including through an aviation cooperation conference, by their respective civil aviation authorities ….”