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United States and Equatorial Guinea Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement


Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 7, 2014

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On August 7 in Washington, DC, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Rivkin and Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Agapito Mba Mokuy signed an Open Skies air services agreement that will formalize the liberalization of our bilateral aviation relationship. The United States and Equatorial Guinea initialed the agreement in December 2013, and it has been applied via comity and reciprocity since that time.

The Open Skies Agreement enters into force upon signature of the two parties.

The Open Skies Agreement establishes a liberalized aviation relationship between the United States and Equatorial Guinea. It creates opportunities for strengthening the economic partnership between the United States and Equatorial Guinea through closer links in transport and trade.

Open Skies agreements permit unrestricted air service by the airlines of both countries between and beyond the other’s territory, eliminating restrictions on how often the carriers fly, the kind of aircraft they use and the prices they charge. This agreement will allow for the strengthening and expansion of our strong trade and tourism links with Equatorial Guinea, benefitting U.S. and Equatorial Guinean businesses and travelers by expanding opportunities for air services and encouraging vigorous price competition by airlines, while preserving our commitments to aviation safety and security.

The United States has over 110 Open Skies agreements with partners around the world and at all levels of development.

For more information about Open Skies, please visit: http://www.state.gov/e/eb/tra/ata/index.htm.

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