Opening Up

As exclusively reported on LBR the Indo-Lanka Economic cooperation deal also threw open air-travel between the two countries.
Private airlines from the two countries could soon be plying international routes.rn

rnThe proposed open skies agreement doesnt stand-alone. A joint study group is also recommending the easing of visa restrictions on the Indian side and the joint promotion of the region as a tourist destination.rn

rnSri Lanka, Kerala in India and the Maldive islands have also been identified as the ldblquote emerald triangle
dblquote for joint tourism promotion. rn

rnExperts say these moves will help increase inter region air traffic that private airlines willing to fly within the region can easily absorb. rn

rnIndustry players say there is a huge shortage of seats in the subcontinent making air travel expensive within the region.rn

rnIndian airline operator Sahara announced that they could start flights within seven days of getting the nod from the government.

Sahara is not alone,