In September 2011, when IndiGo opened routes to Singapore, shortly after meeting India`s requirement to be overseas for five years before being allowed to launch international services, the LCC had big ambitions to expand in Changi. IndiGo started with a daily flight to Delhi and Mumbai, but initially expected to expand both routes to two daily flights in early 2012 and take daily flights to Chennai and Kolkata with Bangalore and Hyderabad. Article VIII When performing air services agreed by the designated airline of a Contracting Party, the interests of the designated airline of the other Party shall be taken into account in order not to unduely affect the services it provides in whole or in part on the same route. The details are complex, as is often the case with air services contracts, and not entirely transparent. However, this is not significant, as the final result and positive effects for the SIA group are the same, regardless of the specific details. Sia Group will be able to increase capacity and offer up to 28,700 weekly places in India`s eight main markets, up from the approximately 24,500 currently offered. SIA Group`s airlines and subsidiaries were all involved in the recent negotiations and ensured that the agreement was designed to meet the overall objective of the group`s 2013/2014 winter plan for the northern hemisphere. In recent years, bilateral restrictions in India have been a sore point for SIA, as India is a profitable market and an important part of its current strategy to focus more on growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region in order to address weaknesses in long-distance markets such as Europe. The group is still interested in increasing capacity in India`s major cities, which in many cases can easily absorb capacity increases due to the strong period of activity between Singapore and India and the strong network of SIA connection services. Article V Charges levied in the territory of a Contracting Party for the use of airports and other aerial facilities by aircraft of the designated airline of the other Party shall not exceed the charges paid by the aircraft of a national airline providing similar international air services. Deliveries of fuel, lubricants, spare parts, scheduled equipment and warehouses of aircraft imported or loaded into aircraft of the designated airline of a Contracting Party in the territory of the other Party, intended exclusively for their use by or in such aircraft and which remain on board from the last airport of call in that area, are granted; as regards customs duties, control charges or other similar charges, treatment no less favourable than that accorded by the Second Party to domestic air carriers providing scheduled international air services or to air carriers of the most-favoured-nation State.
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