18-Mar-2010 9:19 AM

European Union and Jordan to inital "comprehensive" aviation agreement

European Union and the Kingdom of Jordan initialled (17-Mar-2010) a "comprehensive" aviation agreement, which will open up the respective markets, strengthen cooperation and offer new opportunities for consumers and operators. The agreement is expected to be signed at the next EU Transport Council meeting in Jun-2010. The aviation agreement will also put in place common standards for air transport in order to reach the highest level of safety, security, consumer protection, environment and air transport management. It will allow air carriers of both sides to provide air services from any points in Europe, Jordan and other Mediterranean partners without restrictions regarding fares and capacity. [more]

European Union: "After two years of negotiations, Jordan becomes the very first country of the Near East concluding with the European Union such a comprehensive aviation agreement. This agreement will boost the overall economic, trade and tourism relations between Jordan and the EU. We expect new routes to be created and newcomers to enter the market, allowing better and cheaper flights for the citizens on both sides", Siim Kallas, Vice-President Commissioner for Mobility and Transport. Source: EU Statement, 17-Mar-2010.

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