Kenya Initials New Open Skies Civil Aviation Partnership with the United States

Kenya Initials New Open Skies Civil Aviation Partnership with the United States

 Nairobi, Kenya, December 10, 2019 – United States delegates to the twelfth International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN 2019) have expanded the network of U.S. Open Skies partners through a newly negotiated and amended agreement with Kenya.

The agreement with Kenya, initialed on December 4, adds seventh-freedom traffic rights for all-cargo operations.  Such rights facilitate the movement of goods globally by giving carriers greater flexibility to meet the needs of their cargo and express delivery customers.

Open Skies agreements establish rules to facilitate growth of an efficient, market-based international civil aviation system.  These agreements have vastly expanded international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States, promoting increased travel and trade, enhancing productivity, and spurring economic growth.  Open Skies agreements do this by eliminating government interference in the commercial decisions of air carriers about routes, capacity, and pricing, freeing carriers to provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service for consumers.

Information on U.S. aviation policy and Open Skies agreements is available on the Department of State’s website here: https://www.state.gov/civil-air-transport-agreements/.

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For more information please contact:

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Press Office

usembassynairobi@state.gov