UAE inks Air Services Agreement with Niger

WAM DUBAI, June 27th, 2013 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has signed an “Open Skies” agreement with the Government of Niger.

The agreement was signed by Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy and Chairman of GCAA, and Ibrahim Yacoba, Minister of Transport – Niger.

Also present were GCAA Deputy Director-Genera,l Omar Bin Ghaleb and GCAA Director of Air Transport, Capt. Khalid Humaid Al Ali.

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 Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the Agreement. The Delegation of Niger designated its national airlines.

The MoU allows full flexibility on the routes, capacity, frequencies and types of aircraft, in any type of service (passenger or cargo). The signed memorandum also includes the exercise of the fifth “freedom of the air” traffic rights. In addition, both parties agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled or charter operations between the two countries.

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

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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