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Trinidad, US reach open skies agreement

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Caribbean Airlines, the national carrier of Trinidad and Tobago.

The United States and Trinidad and Tobago have agreed to a comprehensive Open Skies agreement that will allow for an expansion of their bilateral civil aviation relationship.

The agreement, which was initialled over the weekend, will strengthen and expand "our already strong trade and tourism links with Trinidad and Tobago and provide significant benefits to airlines of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago and the travelling public, while preserving our commitments to aviation safety and security," the US Department of State said.

The agreement was reached after three days of negotiations in Port-of-Spain between a delegation from Trinidad and Tobago and a US delegation from the Depart-ment of State and Department of Transportation.

The Open Skies agreement represents a market-oriented approach to aviation relations and airlines, not governments, will decide which cities to serve, frequency of flights, equipment used and prices charged.

"The agreement will strengthen and expand our already strong trade and tourism links with Trinidad and Tobago and provide significant benefits to airlines of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago and the travelling public, while preserving our commitments to aviation safety and security.

"Airlines of both countries will enjoy the benefits of liberalisation upon signature of the agreement, pending its entry into force. The agreement will supersede our 1990 aviation agreement and grant, for the first time, code-share opportunities and intermodal rights, and expand cargo opportunities."

The United States has Open Skies agreements with nearly 100 countries.

- CMC