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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 exchange diplomatic notes.

The agreement “reflects the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles and the new legal status of the BES Islands as special municipalities of the Netherlands,” a statement said.

This new pact does away with government intervention in commercial decisions made by airlines regarding routes, capacity, and pricing.

Additionally, the agreement allows carriers to give consumers and businesses with more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service, which could potentially lead to more commercial opportunities between the United States and the BES Islands.

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