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UAE initials ‘Open Sky’ air services agreement with Sierra Leone

UAE initials ‘Open Sky’ air services agreement with Sierra Leone

WAM Dubai, Aug. 23rd, 2011 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has initialed an “open” Air Services Agreement (ASA) and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Sierra Leone yesterday.

The agreement was initialled by Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi , Director General of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and David Wayland Banya, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority. Representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline attended the negotiations.

The two delegations agreed that any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services. The UAE Delegation designated Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, RAK Airways, Air Arabia and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the Agreement. The Sierra Leone Delegation will designate its airlines in due course.

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) on the routes between Sierra Leone and the UAE.

The agreement also includes, in addition to the third and fourth freedoms, the exercise of full fifth freedom traffic rights on all points without any restriction while operating any type of services (passenger and/or cargo, separately or in combination). In addition, both Parties agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled operations between the two countries and to allow code sharing arrangements between their respective airlines and between their respective airlines and third country airlines.

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