India, Pakistan to meet on air links

Top officials from India and Pakistan may hold talks next month to review bilateral air services agreements.According to the Press Trust of India, the two countries are looking at further commercial cooperation and to iron out differences on tariff and non-tariff barriers.

The officials may look at boosting the number of air links between the two countries, as well as increasing the number of airlines flying these routes.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said that civil aviation officials will meet in New Delhi on March 7-8 to review the air links.

A Pakistani delegation will be headed by retired General Muhammad Asharaf Chaudhry, Additional Secretary of Defence. The delegation will travel to New Delhi for talks with their counterparts, a ministry statement said.

Last year the two sides held inconclusive discussions. Pakistan International Airlines were interested in extending their reach beyond Delhi and Mumbai to service Kochi, Hyderabad and Chennai.

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Islamabad and Peshawar were offered as additional routes for Indian Airlines and other private operators.
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