The Union Cabinet, presided over by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ratified the Aviation Services Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The Air Services Agreement will enter into force following the exchange of diplomatic letters certifying that each party has completed the required internal procedures for this Agreement’s entry into force.
Indians are the largest ethnic group in Guyana, with over 40% of the population according to the 2012 census. The signing of the Air Services Agreement with Guyana will facilitate the provision of aviation services between the two nations. In light of the expanding aviation market and events such as the liberalisation of the aviation sector in India, numerous countries have inked air services agreements to facilitate international air connectivity. Air Services Agreement (ASA) provides the legal foundation for air operations between two countries based on the principles of national sovereignty, nationality of carriers, and reciprocity in terms of commercial opportunities for the designated airlines of each side. There is no Air Services Agreement (ASA) in place between the governments of India and Guyana at this time.
The Convention on International Civil Aviation is signed by India and Guyana (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 initialled the text of an ASA for scheduled air services between the two countries in accordance with the MoU between India and Guyana dated 06 December 2016.
The new Air Services Agreement between India and the Co-operative Republic of Guyana would offer an enabling environment for improved and seamless connectivity, as well as commercial opportunities for airlines on both sides.