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Launch of the US-Nigeria open skies air transportation agreement

May 20, 2024 | International | 0 comments

The US-Nigeria Air Transport Agreement, which had been provisionally applied since 2000, officially came into force on May 13, 2024.

A statement from the US Embassy in Abuja announced that the bilateral agreement establishes a modern civil aviation relationship with Nigeria. It aligns with the US open skies international aviation policy and commits to high standards of aviation safety and security.

The agreement includes provisions for unrestricted capacity and frequency of services, open route rights, a liberal charter regime, and open code-sharing opportunities.

“This agreement with Nigeria is a significant step in liberalizing the international civil aviation sector in Africa. It further expands our strong economic and commercial partnership, promotes people-to-people ties, and creates new opportunities for airlines, travel companies, and customers,” the statement added.

“With this agreement, air carriers can provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air services to travelers and shippers, thereby promoting tourism and commerce.”

Reacting to the development, Nigeria’s Minister for Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, posted on X, “We have made significant progress in our air-transport relationship with the United States. The United States-Nigeria Open Skies Air Transport Agreement enters into force on May 16, 2024.”

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