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Hyderabad, Feb. 18

JET Airways is set to become the first Indian private sector airline to operate between India and the US from this summer.

The airline has been given official permission to operate a three-times-a-week service on the India-Brussels-New York sector.

Sources told Business Line that although the airline had applied for permission to operate a daily service on the route, it was not given, as there are restrictions on the number of flights that can be operated on the India-Brussels route.

While there is a cap of three flights a week on the India-US sector, Brussels and the US follow an open-sky policy, which allows airlines to operate as many flights as they desire between the two countries. Globally, the summer schedule of airlines runs from March-end to October-end.

Incidentally, Air Sahara, the only other private sector airline allowed to operate in the international skies, had not applied for permission to operate to the US during the forthcoming summer.

Air India is the only airline from India that operates regular flights on the India-US route. It has regular services to four destinations in the US - New York, Newark, Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition, at least two US airlines, including North West and Delta, operate regular flights between the two countries.

The Government has cleared a proposal allowing the two private airlines to operate flights to Singapore, Malaysia and the UK from this summer.

While Jet Airways has been allowed to operate a daily service between India and London, Air Sahara can fly twice a week on the sector. Both the airlines have also been allowed to operate a daily service on the Chennai-Kuala Lumpur sector.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 19, 2005)
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