According to news reports, Indian carriers can now operate flights to Myanmar as the country has granted traffic rights to the airlines to pave the way for air connectivity between the nations. “Yes, we (Indian airlines) got the fifth freedom rights, which is a major concession,” Anand Sharma, Minister for Commerce and Industry, and Textiles, Government of India, said. The fifth freedom rights allow an airline to carry revenue traffic between countries as part of services connecting the airline’s own country, Ruchi Kapoor reported in Mint. At present, there is no direct air connectivity between India and Myanmar.
SpiceJet has expressed interest to fly from Delhi to Dhaka, continuing on to Yangon. “SpiceJet has applied to fly on this route under the fifth freedom rights,” an official said, adding the regulatory approval is awaited for the same. During his visit to Myanmar, Sharma held bilateral meetings with various ministers, including Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin, Commerce Minister U Win Myint, Energy Minister U Than Htay, and Communications and IT Minister U Myat Hein. He discussed with them ways to strengthen political, economic and cultural ties between the two nations, the report stated.