From Korea To China, India To Iceland
On Friday, June 16 -- following a week of talks -- the Korean
Ministry of Construction and Transportation announced a doubling in
the number of flights between China and South Korea.
"China is an important air market to Korea, considering its big
population and rapid economic growth. The agreement is expected to
greatly increase exchanges between the two nations and offer
convenience to travelers," a ministry official was quoted in The
As a first step, the two countries will immediately liberalize
air operations between China's Shandong province and the whole of
Korea, enabling Korean airlines to operate as many flights as they
want in the region. Some 10,000 Korean companies, including
subsidiaries of Samsung and LG, do business in Shandong.
Only 10 new routes will be added from Korea to other Chinese
regions at first, but officials from Seoul and Beijing have agreed
to hold similar talks every year to further open up Chinese
commercial airspace to Korean passengers and cargo.
On the same day, India's Ministry of Civil Aviation announced it
had struck an "air services agreement" with the Republic of
Iceland. Both countries will retain the right to designate as many
airlines as they wish for travel to the other, but each will retain
the right to revoke flight privileges for specific carriers if
conditions of the agreement are not met.
What exactly are those
conditions? ANN's preliminary read on the details of the
India-Iceland agreement likely lost a bit in translation.
According to the India ministry's press release, "the designated
airlines of Iceland shall be able to fly from any point in Iceland
to any two points in India via any two intermediate points and to
any two Beyond points. [And vice versa.] The designated airlines of
each country may at their option omit points on any of the above
Got it? Just don't stray into Korean, or Chinese,