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PROTOCOL BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF [1968] INTSer 1

PROTOCOL BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS REGARDING EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF AIR TRAFFIC

New Delhi, 22 November 1968

Discussions were held in Delhi between the Delegation of the Government of India and the Delegation of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of U.S.S.R. The discussions which commenced on the 18th November 1968 and concluded on the 22nd November 1968, were held in a spirit of utmost courtesy and cordiality and were marked by the consideration shown by each delegation of the points of views of the other.

The delegations took note of the very cordial relations existing between India and the Soviet Union and the close co-operation existing between them in all spheres of mutual co-operation.

The two delegations signed the text of a Protocol which is annexed to this Summary of Conclusions.

Sd/- Sd/-
S.S. PAVLON R C DUTT
Head of the Delegation of the Head of the Delegation of the
Ministry of Civil Aviation of U.S.S.R. Government of India

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PROTOCOL

18th to 22nd November 1968
CITY OF DELHI

In the negotiations took part
On behalf of Ministry of Civil Aviation of U.S.S.R.
Mr S S PAVLOV - Head of the Delegation
Mr V A MAKAROV - Member of the Delegation
Madam L.I. NIKOTINIA - Member of the Delegation
Mr V A SHLYAKOV - Member of the Delegation
Mr B E KOLOTILSCHIKOV - Member of the Delegation

On behalf of the Government of India
Shri R C DUTT - Head of the Delegation
Air Marshal M S CHATURVEDI - Member of the Delegation
Shri J N GOYAL - Member of the Delegation
Shri G C ARYA - Member of the Delegation
Shri S K KOOKA - Member of the Delegation
Shri A K SARKAR - Member of the Delegation
Shri B M MANCHANDA - Member of the Delegation
Shri S N KAUL - Member of the Delegation
Shri J P de ANDRADE - Member of the Delegation
Shri I D SETHI - Member of the Delegation
Shri S K DATTA - Member of the Delegation.

1. During the course of negotiations both the parties examined the question about ensuring equal distribution of traffic between Air-India and Aeroflot on the Pool Route Moscow-Delhi and reaffirmed their decision to fulfil the provisions of paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Protocol of negotiations dated 18th March 1968.

2. The parties agreed that Aeroflot be given the right to extend its flights Moscow-Delhi in both directions to 3 points beyond India in South East Asia, that is, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

The parties agreed that on the extension of Aeroflotís flights beyond India the conditions applicable to the carriage of through traffic on such services would be the same as those applicable under paragraph 5 of Appendix 1 of the agreed minutes dated 12th and 13th April, 1965 and paragraph 2(C) of the Protocol dated 13th March, 1968 to the carriage of through traffic by Air-India on the route India-Moscow-UK.
3. The Soviet Delegation raised the question about the grant of right of Aeroflot to fly beyond India to the points in Australia and New Zealand. The Indian Delegation was prepared to grant Aeroflot these rights in exchange for similar rights being granted to Air-India to fly through Moscow to U.S.A. and Canada.

4. The Indian Delegation raised the question about the mutual grant of commercial rights to Air-India from Moscow to London via two points in Europe and to Aeroflot from Delhi to three points in South East Asia.

The Soviet Delegation took note of this request and informed that the Ministry of Civil Aviation of U.S.S.R. will study this proposal with due attention.

5. The Soviet Delegation proposed substitution of Bombay for Amritsar in Article 3 of the Agreement between the Government of U.S.S.R. and India on Air Services or supplementing this Article by paragraph granting Bombay to the Soviet airline and Leningrad to Indian airline.

The Indian Delegation declared that it was not in a position at the present moment to consent to the flights of the Aeroflot planes operating both to Delhi and Bombay, but stated that it could consider the grant of third and fourth freedom rights at Bombay to Aeroflot provided the following problems are solved :

The question about the flights of Air India to U.S.A. and Canada and Aeroflotís flights to New Zealand and Australia, with commercial rights; the grant of commercial rights between Moscow and London to Air India in exchange for Delhi/Singapore or Jakarta rights for Aeroflot; the question about the final settlement of the problem of ensuring equal load for Aeroflot and Air India on the Pool Route Moscow-Delhi and the removal of the limitation on the carriage of through traffic.

6. The Soviet Delegation proposed an increase in the number of flights on the route Moscow-Delhi.

The Indian Delegation was prepared to consider the Soviet proposal regarding increase of frequency for Aeroflot and Air India provided that the pool revenue was shared equally without any ceiling on payments, and the conditions that the revenue from through passengers between the India and U.K. in excess of 96 should be credited to the pool is removed. The parties agreed to examine this question about increasing the number of Aeroflot and Air India flights upto three or four flights per airline in accordance with the increase in the traffic on this issue.

7. The parties agreed that the Aeroflot and Air India Delegation will examine separately the terms of pool calculations for the winder period 1968-69.

8. The parties agreed to hold the next consultation between the Civil Aviation Department of the two countries and also to review the terms of pool calculations for the summer period 1969 in Moscow in the first half of 1969.

The present Protocol was signed in New Delhi on the 22nd November, 1968 in two copies in Russian and English both having equal validity.

Sd/- Sd/-
S S PAVLOV R C DUTT
Head of the Delegation of the Head of the Delegation of the
Ministry of Civil Aviation, U.S.S.R. Government of India


India Bilateral

Ministry of External Affairs, India


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