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KINGSTON — Cabinet has approved the signing of an Air Services Agreement between the Governments of Jamaica and the United Arab Emirates.

This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, at today's post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

Mr. Vaz noted that the Air Services Agreement was negotiated within the context of the Open Skies Policy, which was previously approved by Cabinet.

“The agreement entitles the designated airline(s) of both countries the right to exercise in any type of service (passenger, cargo and mail separately or in combination), full fifth freedom traffic rights to or from any intermediate or beyond points without any restriction,” he said.

Open skies liberalises the movement of airlines between countries, creating a free market and competition. The agreement is meant specifically, to remove limits on the number of carriers, the number of frequencies per week and the size of aircraft operating between the states that are party to these air services agreements.

In addition to commercial passenger and cargo services, the agreement seeks to facilitate code sharing among designated stakeholder airlines, and to encourage fair play among all interests, while discouraging discrimination and abuse of dominant positions.

Open skies are expected to expand air linkages between Jamaica and other countries, facilitate investment and tourism flows and provide a framework within which designated commercial carriers can operate

                                                      

By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter