US, Suriname sign Open Skies agreement

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Thursday July 11, 2013 – United States Ambassador to Suriname, Jay Anania has signed an Open Skies air services agreement with Suriname’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Lackin, “formalizing the liberalization of our bilateral aviation relationship.”

“The Open Skies Agreement will enter into force, upon an exchange of diplomatic notes between the governments, confirming that all necessary internal procedures for entry into force of the agreement have been completed,” said a statement from the US State Department.

It said the Open Skies Agreement, signed on Monday, “creates opportunities for strengthening the economic partnership between the United States and Suriname through closer links in transport and trade.”

The Open Skies agreement permits unrestricted air service by the airlines of both countries “between and beyond the other’s territory, allowing airline managements to determine how often to fly, the kind of aircraft to use, and the prices to charge.”

“This agreement will strengthen and expand our trade and tourism links with Suriname, benefitting US and Surinamese businesses and travelers by expanding opportunities for air services and encouraging vigorous price competition by airlines, while preserving our commitments to aviation safety and security,” the State Department said.

The United States  has Open Skies agreements with over 100 “partners” around the world. Besides Suriname, the Caribbean “partners” comprise Aruba, the Netherland Antilles, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Guyana. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)