Sunday, August 2, 2015

Europe stalls but Ukraine sees hope from US open skies deal


Neelam Mathews - IHS Jane's Airport Review

26 July 2015
Pending changes at Odessa International will see the Ukrainian airport run as a public-private partnership (pictured is the design for the new terminal). Source: Odessa International Airport Ltd
The Ukrainian aviation sector hopes to benefit from an open skies agreement with the United States, although it remains affected by the continuing conflict between government forces and insurgents supported by Russia.
The open skies deal was signed on 14 July 2015 by US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment, Catherine Novelli, and Andriy Pyvovarsky, Ukrainian infrastructure minister.
"This agreement… strengthens our bilateral economic ties and facilitates the growth of civil aviation between our two countries," said Novelli. She added that open skies "eliminate government interference in the commercial decisions of air carriers about routes, capacity, and pricing".
Meanwhile, in a 17 July letter to European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker, flag carrier Ukraine International Airlines expressed concern over a delay on agreeing to Ukraine's inclusion in the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA). Including Ukraine would boost aviation rules and standards in Ukraine, open up trade between the EU and Ukraine, and help to develop the country's "transit potential", the letter argued.
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