US and the European Union will resume open skies negotiations today (07-Oct-2009) (Dow Jones, 06-Oct-2009). During the three-day session, the US is reportedly planning to focus on European restrictions on noise and night services and other regulations affecting cargo carriers, while the EU is expected to continue its push the US to ease restrictions on foreign ownership and control of airlines from the current 25% level.
US and EU resume liberalisation talks
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