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Open skies talks.(Asia/Pacific Report)(Brief Article)

Open skies talks between the US and India began in Washington last month as US Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta met with Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel. The current US-India aviation agreement, which dates back to 1956, places restrictions on the number of airlines that can fly between the countries, cities that can be served, the frequency of service and pricing. "Our goal is to do more than shake the cobwebs off a half-century-old agreement," Mineta said. "We seek to usher in a new era where consumers, rather than governments, determine what markets air carriers serve and what fare and service options they provide. …

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