7. The Delegation of the United States drew attention to the high volume of traffic between the United States and the considerable annual growth, but highlighted the difficulties faced by their international airlines in serving this traffic. In addition, the U.S. delegation referred to the level of long-haul flights by U.S. carriers between the United States and India and noted that because of this level of service, U.S. airlines were losing public service sponsorship between India and the United States, which turn to the more frequent services of competing foreign airlines. The Delegation of the United States considered that this traffic, whether it was total traffic from foreign carriers or foreign and partly American airlines, should be taken into account when assessing capacity. It was also pointed out that, in all these circumstances, particularly where they concern lines of this length, the traffic of the third and fourth freedoms is necessarily relatively low, since the ends of the lines are served and that, therefore, if an airline is to operate economically, the fifth freedom must be relatively high. The Indian delegation found difficulties there. (a) each contracting party may collect or authorize fair and reasonable fees for the use of public airports and other facilities it controls; However, each contracting party agrees that these fees must not exceed those that would be paid for the use of these airports and facilities by its domestic aircraft providing similar international services. The Government of India and the Government of the United States of America, the following term referred to as contracting parties, are parties to the International Civil Aviation Agreement, which was signed in Chicago on December 7, 1944, and with the aim of determining the mutual operation of air services between their two countries in accordance with the Convention, since they have been duly approved, have agreed, : consultation between the competent authorities of both parties may be requested at any time by one of the contracting parties: to discuss the interpretation, application or modification of the agreement or list.