Sat, May 31, 2008
20th Such Pact With An African Nation
US Secretary of Transportation Mary
E. Peters announced Friday the United States and Kenya have
negotiated an Open-Skies agreement between the two countries. The
agreement, the first aviation accord between the two countries, was
reached after two days of negotiations in Washington.
The agreement, whose terms will be observed immediately, is the
20th US Open-Skies agreement with an African nation, and Kenya is
the 92nd US Open-Skies partner worldwide.
"This agreement with Kenya is part of our continuing effort to
improve transportation and trade ties with nations around the
world," said Peters. "Today’s agreement lays the groundwork
for future air service between the United States and Kenya that
will provide new options for travelers as well as economic benefits
to both countries."
Under the new agreement, airlines from both countries will be
allowed to select routes and destinations based on consumer demand,
without limitations on the number of US or Kenyan carriers that can
fly between the two countries or the number of flights they can
operate. The agreement also contains no restrictions on capacity
and pricing, and provides opportunities for cooperative marketing
After three years, US carriers also will be able to fly beyond
Kenya to any other African country.
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