PROTOCOL OF AMENDMENT TO THE AIR TRANSPORT AGREEMENT

BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA

The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Colombia (hereinafter, the “Parties”);

Desiring to modernize and strengthen their bilateral aviation relationship, to provide for further charter opportunities, and to expand all-cargo international air transport in order to facilitate increased and more efficient commerce and trade;

Have agreed to amend the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Colombia, done at Bogota May 10, 2011 (the “Agreement”), as follows:

Article 1

Amendments to Article 2 of the Agreement (“Grant of Rights”)

In Article 2 of the Agreement:

  1. Paragraph 1, subparagraph (c) shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:(c) the right to perform international air transportation between points on the following routes:
  1. for airlines of the United States, from points behind the United States via the United States and intermediate points to any point or points in Colombia and beyond; and for all-cargo service, between Colombia and any point or points;
  2. for airlines of Colombia, from points behind Colombia via Colombia and intermediate points to any point or points in the United States and beyond; and for all-cargo service, between the United States and any point or points; and

2. Paragraph 2 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

2. Each airline of a Party may, on any or all flights and at its option:

  1. operate flights in either or both directions;
  2. combine different flight numbers within one aircraft operation;
  3. serve behind, intermediate, and beyond points and points in the territories of the Parties in any combination and in any order;
  4. omit stops at any point or points;
  5. transfer traffic from any of its aircraft to any of its other aircraft at any point;
  6. serve points behind any point in its territory with or without change of aircraft or flight number and hold out and advertise such services to the public as through services;
  7. make stopovers at any points whether within or outside the territory of either Party;
  8. carry transit traffic through the other Party’s territory; and
  9. combine traffic on the same aircraft regardless of where such traffic originates;

without directional or geographic limitation and without loss of any right to carry traffic otherwise permissible under this Agreement, provided that, with the exception of all-cargo services, the transportation is part of a service that serves a point in the homeland of the airline.

3. Paragraph 3 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

3. On any segment or segments of the routes above, any airline of a Party may perform international air transportation without any limitation as to change, at any point on the route, in type or number of aircraft operated, provided that, with the exception of all-cargo services, in the outbound direction, the transportation beyond such point is a continuation of the transportation from the homeland of the airline and, in the inbound direction, the transportation to the homeland of the airline is a continuation of the transportation from beyond such point.

4. Paragraph 5 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

5. Any airline of a Party performing charter international air transportation originating in the territory of either Party, whether on a one-way or round-trip basis, shall have the option of complying with the charter laws, regulations, and rules either of its homeland or of the other Party. If a Party applies different rules, regulations, terms, conditions, or limitations to one or more of its airlines, or to airlines of different countries, each airline of the other Party shall be subject to the least restrictive of such criteria. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit the rights of a Party to require airlines of both Parties to adhere to requirements relating to the protection of passenger funds and passenger cancellation and refund rights. Except with respect to the consumer protection rules referred to in this paragraph, neither Party shall require an airline of the other Party, in respect of the carriage of traffic from the territory of that other Party or of a third country on a one-way or round-trip basis, to submit more than a notice that it is complying with the applicable laws, regulations, and rules referred to in this paragraph or of a waiver of these laws, regulations, or rules granted by the applicable aeronautical authorities.

Article 2

Amendment to Article 11 of the Agreement (“Fair Competition”)

Paragraph 3 of Article 11 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

3. Neither Party shall impose on the other Party’s airlines a first-refusal requirement, uplift ratio, no-objection fee, or any other requirement with respect to capacity, frequency, or traffic that would be inconsistent with the purposes of this Agreement.

Article 3

Entry into Force

This Protocol shall enter into force on the date of the later note in an exchange of diplomatic notes between the Parties confirming that all internal procedures necessary for entry into force of this Protocol have been completed.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective Governments, have signed this Protocol.

DONE at _____________________, this ________day of ___________, 20__, in two originals, in the English and Spanish languages, both texts being equally authentic.

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Francisco Luis Palmieri, Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America in Bogota FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA: Martha Lucia Ramirez Blanco, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia

 

U.S. Department of State

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