20-Dec-2010 10:36 AM

UAE and Portugal sign open sky agreement

UAE and Portuguese Republic signed (18-Dec-2010) an open Air Services Agreement (ASA) and a record of discussion on 16-Dec-2010. The agreement replaces an old agreement initialled in May-2005 and includes new articles on safety, aviation security, designation and tariffs clauses which meet the European Union requirements.The UAE delegation designated Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, RAK Airways, Air Arabia and flydubai as UAE national airlines under the agreement to operate the agreed services between the two countries. The agreement allows unrestricted frequencies, capacity and types of aircraft, whether owned or leased, to be operated by the designated airlines of each country in any type of service (passenger or cargo). The agreement also includes, in addition to the third and fourth freedoms, the exercise of full fifth freedom traffic rights on all European points without any restriction. [more]

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