Cabinet gives nod to air services pact between India and Guyana
New Delhi, Feb 22, 2023: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
The agreement, which will come into effect once the parties exchange diplomatic notes confirming completion of internal procedures, will enable a framework for provision of air services between the two countries.
The signing of this ASA is significant given the sizeable presence of Indians in Guyana, who are the largest ethnic group comprising about 40% of the population as per the 2012 census.
Air Services Agreement (ASA) provides the legal framework for air operations between two countries which is based on the principles of sovereignty of nations, nationality of carriers and reciprocity in terms of commercial opportunities for the designated airlines of each side. At present there is no Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the Government of India and the Government of Co-operative Republic of Guyana at present.
India and Guyana are signatories to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). The delegations representing the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana met in Nassau, Bahamas on 06 December 2016 during the ICAO Air Services Negotiations event where both countries had initialled the text of an ASA for scheduled air services between the two countries in terms of the Memorandum of Understanding dated 06 December 2016 between India and Guyana.
The new Air Services Agreement between India and the Co-operative Republic of Guyana will provide enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity while providing commercial opportunities to the carriers of both the sides.