India has signed an Air Services Agreement (ASA) with Guyana to facilitate smooth travel between the two countries. The Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, M.P and the High Commissioner of India to Guyana, KJ Srinivasa, signed the agreement on Saturday in the presence of External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, who is on a 3-day tour to Guyana.
The move is aligned with the government’s aim to forge ties between Guyana and the world. It will support over 50 ASAs Guyana has negotiated with other ICAO governments to promote interstate travel. The agreement encourages strengthening international air services between India, Guyana, and the global aviation market.
It furthers covers critical topics like the Grant of Rights; Revocationor Suspension of Operating Authorization, Designation and Authorization of Airlines; Principles governing the operation of Agreed Services, User Charges, Application of Laws, Aviation safety and security, Customs Duties, and Charges, among others. The agreement opens up new investment opportunities for Guyanese-owned airlines to get direct market access to international airports in India and vice versa.
Among those present were Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Guyana, Hugh Todd; Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Elizabeth Harper; the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Lt. Col. (ret’d) Egbert Field, and other Technical Officials from India and Guyana.