Finland, UAE ink open skies agreement

WAM DUBAI, 23rd July, 2013 (WAM) — The UAE, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has signed an Open Skies agreement with the Government of Finland.

The agreement was signed by Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, and Ilkka-Pekka Simila, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the UAE.

The two delegations agreed that any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services between the two countries. The UAE delegation designated Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the Agreement. The Delegation of Finland designated its national airlines.

The MoU allows full flexibility on the routes, capacity, frequencies of flights and types of aircraft, in any type of service (passenger or cargo). In addition, both parties agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled/charter operations between the two countries.

Mr. Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA, stressed the importance of open sky agreements like the one signed with Finland, which will contribute to boosting trade, tourism and investment between the UAE and Finland, taking into account that the designated carriers of the UAE and Finland can now operate direct services between the two countries.

Ms. Laila Ali bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Executive Director of Strategy and International Affair, said that the UAE ranks 2nd internationally in terms of Open Skies agreements. “The United Arab Emirates is driven more than ever to continue its international collaboration in air transport and shall continue its far-reaching and sound advances toward opening and liberating skies with countries of the world,” she added.

The UAE now has air services agreements with over 160 countries, of which 122 are open skies or fully liberal arrangements.

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