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India-based Airlines to Get Burma Access

11 June 2013

Indian airlines have been given a green light to fly into Burma, according to a report by The Hindu. The newspaper quoted Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, who was visiting Burma, as saying that the airlines had been granted “fifth freedom rights,” which allow an airline to carry revenue traffic between countries as a part of services connecting the airline’s own country. At present, there are no direct flight between Burma and India, but that could change soon, as Indian private carrier SpiceJet has expressed interest in adding flights from New Delhi to Rangoon via Dhaka.