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United States and Netherlands sign bilateral Open Skies Agreement regarding BES Islands

The United States and the Netherlands have inked a new bilateral Open Skies Agreement that deals with Bonaire, St Eustatius, and Saba, otherwise known as the BES Islands. The development was revealed by the U.S. Department of State. The pact is partly taking the place of the 1998 Air Transport Agreement between the two nations which governed consumers and businesses. The agreement would enter into force after the two nations …

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Qatar signs Open Air Services Agreement with El Salvador

Qatar has signed an Open Air Services Agreement geared for passengers and cargo, with El Salvador. A statement that was issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority relayed that the agreement was signed in partnership with El Salvador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Roger. Also present during the signing ceremony was El Salvador’s Ambassador to Qatar, Alfred Arturo. Since the embargo of four Arab countries back in June and the …

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LatAm Aviation Defies Protectionism

by Larry B. Pascal – Latinvex.com Although President Trump has criticized free trade policies such as the NAFTA, in Latin America in general and in the aviation sector in particular, we continue to see a variety of important market opening and cross-border developments.  In Chile (Sebastian Pinera), Argentina (Mauricio Macri), Peru (Pedro Pablo Kuczynski), Brazil (Michel Temer), we have seen the rise of right-of-center leaders who more openly embrace free trade …

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Kenya: Tourism stakeholders call for faster adoption of open skies policy

Hoteliers in the region are calling for the open skies policy to be adopted more quickly. The urgent call comes a few weeks before the launching of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) on January 28 at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The implementation of the SAATM is being welcomed by air travellers as it is expected to lower to cost of air travel on the …

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Malawi Airlines welcomes move by African Union to liberalize air market

Malawi Airlines, through its publicist, Joseph Josiah, has said that the biggest winners of the African Union’s (AU) move to liberalize the air transport markets are the customers. The AU is set to liberalize and unite the African air transport markets by the end of the month. This can ease flight connections between member states. This would also allow carriers from other countries to operate in other members’ countries without …

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Ecuador officials welcome adoption of “Open Skies” policy

Cabinet and Civil Aviation officials of Ecuador lauded the country’s adoption of an “Open Skies” policy. They all agreed that the move holds the potential for greater connectivity in the country, job opportunities, an increase of employment and commercial traffic, tourism attraction and the opening of new markets. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Minister of Tourism Edgar Ponce de Leon, Minister of Transport Paul Granda, of Foreign Trade Pablo Campana …

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Single African Air Transport Market to be launched during African Union Summit

African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has declared 2018 to be the year of open skies in aviation. Mahamat emphasized his bold statement some more by confirming that the Single African Air Transport Market – an Agenda 2063 flagship project – would be launched on the margins of the African Union Summit. The event is being held on January 25 to the 28th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This …

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Nigerian carriers’ plans to operate flights to US can spark healthy competition

The plans of two Nigerian carriers, Air Peace and MedView Airlines, to start operating flights to the United States next summer could pave the way for intense competition. The said route is currently being dominated by Delta Airlines The two carriers hold the belief that they can use the huge population of Nigerians who are living and have business in American cities such as Texas, Washington, New York, New Jersey …

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Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno moves to deregulate airline industry

The deregulation of Ecuador’s airline industry moved closer to becoming a reality after President, Lenin Moreno, signed a decree that would permit bilateral civil air transport agreements, which will result in the liberalization of the market. The decree was published on the Presidency’s official Internet page. According to the decree, the goal is to “promote Latin American integration and promote a strategic insertion of the country in the international context,” …

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Brazil’s lower house approves Open Skies agreement with United States

The proposed Open Skies agreement between Brazil and the United States was approved by the lower house of Brazil’s Congress, paving the way for the partnership between the American Airlines Group Inc. and LATAM Airlines Group SA. The Open Skies treaty was actually signed six years ago. However, it encountered stiff resistance from legislators lobbied by local airline interests in Brazil, who were apprehensive about facing competition from U.S. carriers. …

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