UAE, Turkmenistan ink 'open sky' pact
Dubai, June 21, 2009
The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Sunday signed an “open” air services agreement (ASA) and a MoU with Turkmenistan in Dubai.
As per the pact, both countries agreed to permit any number of designated airlines from both sides to perform scheduled air services.
Omar Bin Ghaleb, GCAA deputy director general and Sariyev Yagdy, representative of Turkmenhowallary, State Civil Aviation Department signed the agreement.
Representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation, Sharjah Civil Aviation, Emirates airline, Etihad Airways and RAK Airways, attended the negotiations.
The UAE delegation designated Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, RAK Airways, Air Arabia and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the agreement. The Turkmenistan party designated Turkmenistan Airlines as national airline of Turkmenistan.
The agreement allows for the operation of any capacities, numbers of frequencies and types of aircraft, whether owned or leased, by the designated airlines of each country in any type of service (passenger or cargo) on the routes between Turkmenistan and the UAE.
The agreement also includes, in addition to the third and fourth freedoms, the practice of full fifth freedom traffic rights on all points of their choice without any restriction while operating any type of services (passenger and/or cargo, separately or in combination).
The agreement also permits both countries to offer code share services between any point(s) in the territory of the other party, provided that such services are operated by an airline or airlines of the other party.
In addition, both parties agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled operations between the two countries.-TradeArabia News Service