New Zealand deal opens passage for flights to India

, 1:54 PM IST

{Syed Mujeeb} A new deal between New Zealand and India opens the door for a direct flight between the two countries.

The air services agreement, signed in Auckland today, should also boost tourism and trade between New Zealand and world’s second most populated nation, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

Bridges today signed the deal with Sanjeev Balyan, India’s Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare.

The ceremony, at the Langham Hotel, was witnessed by Prime Minister John Key and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, who is visiting New Zealand.