India on September 07 signed an open skies agreement with Greece, the first after the finalization of the civil aviation policy in June. At present, there are no direct flights between India and Greece and passengers travel one stop via Gulf states or Turkey to Greece. In fact, there was no air services agreement between India and Greece till now thus preventing the start of air services between two countries. The open skies agreement will allow airlines from India to operate unlimited number of flights to Greece while Greek carriers have been granted unlimited traffic rights to six Indian metro cities. "Greece has become the first country to have an open sky agreement with India under the new policy," said civil aviation secretary R N Choubey. Prior to this, India had entered into an open skies agreement with the US and Britain. The open skies with Britain covers airports excluding London Heathrow.