India & Laos Agree Direct Flights

The governments of India and Laos have signed a new agreement that paves the way for direct flights between the two countries.

The Hindu reports that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) penned on Friday will enable airlines of both countries to operate direct flights, and Anil Wadhwa of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, was reported saying that airlines would now explore the possibility of new routes.

“I think there was more demand from Lao travellers who want to go into the Buddhist area, especially Bodh Gaya and New Delhi,” said Wadhwa, the ministry’s secretary for eastern regions.

Lao Airlines would be seriously looking at that proposition in the coming days. We would also be exploring this with our own airline in the future.”

He added that the Indian government would be talking to Air India and private Indian carriers about the plans.

The air service MoU was signed during a state visit to Laos by India’s vice president Hamid Ansari.

Source: Travel Daily India

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