The bmi member of the Star Alliance has also expressed interest in flights to India, and if the demand for services exceeds that permitted by the new agreement, the UK Civil Aviation Authority will hold a close bilateral hearing to decide on the allocation of slots. In accordance with the guidelines drawn up by the European Commission, the UK is not intended to limit bilateral negotiations to national airlines. Brussels, however, has hinted that it will not oppose agreements to promote the liberalisation of the air transport sector. These ground operations include services that facilitate the preparation and completion of aircraft flights, including ticketing, check-in, baggage sorting, refueling and de-icing. Both parties agree that the services provided by an airline designated under this agreement maintain as a priority objective the provision of capabilities that are the priority objective of the transport requirements between the country of which that airline is a national and the countries where it is a national flying state and the countries where traffic ends. The right to escalate or descend international traffic to third countries and from third countries, to one or certain places on the routes mentioned in this agreement, is applied in accordance with the general principles of development ordered that both parties approve and is governed by the general principle that capacity should be linked. : The agreement adds 21 weekly services to airlines in each country until the winter of 2005, in addition to the 19 services authorized by the current agreement. Additional flights will be phased in, with seven additional flights for each country in each of the next three seasons starting in the winter of 2004. India has set up an air bubble with Afghanistan.
Indian airlines and Ariana Afghan Airlines are now allowed to offer more flights between India and Afghanistan and to carry on these flights the following categories of persons: Article V The charges levied on the territory of a contracting part for the use of airports and other facilities by the aircraft of the other contracting party must not exceed the fees levied by aircraft of a national airline that operates similar international air services. Article VI Deliveries of fuel, lubricants, spare parts, equipment and warehouses of aircraft imported or shipped in aircraft designated by one contracting party in the territory of the other party, intended exclusively for use by or inside these aircraft and which remain on board the most recent call airport in that area with respect to customs duties , control taxes or similar taxes, a treatment that is no less favourable than that granted by the second contracting party to national airlines operating scheduled international flights or to the most favoured nation`s airlines. Unless no party is required to grant the designated airline of the other contracting party an exemption or rebate of customs duties, control taxes or similar taxes, unless that other contracting party grants the designated airline of the first contracting party an exemption or surrender of those duties.