The agreement will not only promote connectivity and passenger traffic between the two countries, but will also reduce the price of flights on these routes. The UAE is keen to have an open sky agreement with India, its Ambassador to India A.R. Albanna said on Wednesday. The degree of “openness to the sky” depends on the freedoms of the air in the country granted to foreign airlines. Under the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation, there are nine such freedoms. The “open skies” treaty is indefinite and open to the accession of other states. The republics of the former Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.), which are not yet contracting parties, can join at any time. Applications from other interested countries are subject to a consensus decision by the Open Skis Advisory Board (OSCC).  Since it came into force in 2002, eight countries have joined the treaty: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Sweden. Austria, Cyprus, Ireland, Switzerland, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Armenia and Uzbekistan are particularly absent. The Republic of Cyprus applied to join the treaty in 2002; But since then, Turkey has blocked its accession.
[Citation required] An open-air service agreement allows airlines in both countries to have an unlimited number of flights and seats in each other`s jurisdictions. India has signed open skies agreements with the United States, Greece, Jamaica, Guyana, Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka. The envoy stressed that the United Arab Emirates had succeeded in creating important hubs, notably in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. “The implementation of an open skies policy is one of the main elements or pillars to become an important crossroads,” Albanna said. New Delhi: The United Arab Emirates and India should have an open airspace policy instead of an airlift agreement between them, the Gulf nation`s ambassador to India, Ahmed Al Banna, said on Wednesday, saying such a move would benefit the two countries` airlines.