The Union Cabinet has given the nod to the signing of an Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the Governments of India and the Government of Co-operative Republic of Guyana. The two parties had met on December 6, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas during the ICAO Air Services Negotiations event.
The agreement will come into effect after both the nations exchange diplomatic notes confirming that each party has completed the requisite internal procedure to enter the alliance. Both India and Guyana are signatories to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Chicago Convention. However, there is no such Air Services Agreement setup between them currently.
As per the 2012 census, Indians form the largest ethnic group comprising, that is about 40 per cent of the total population. The said agreement will enforce the guidelines for air services facilitation between the two nations. It offers a legal framework for air operations between the nations keeping in mind the nationality of airlines, sovereignty of nations, and reciprocity of commercial opportunities for both nations’ designated airlines.