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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 30, 2002


Open Skies Agreement Between Jamaica and the U.S.

Delegation heads from the governments of the United States and Jamaica today initialed an Open Skies air transport agreement negotiated over the past three days in Washington D.C.  The U.S. delegation was led by State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and included representatives from the Department of Transportation and U.S. industry.  The agreement will enter into force upon signature by both governments.   

The two governments had earlier (October 2000) negotiated an all-cargo Open Skies agreement, but this comprehensive Open Skies accord will replace the all-cargo agreement when it enters into force.  It is the 59th bilateral Open Skies agreement negotiated by the United States.

The agreement initialed today is a tribute to the aviation industry's vitality and to the strong commercial ties between the United States and Jamaica.  It creates important new opportunities to strengthen U.S.-Jamaican economic relations through closer air links in tourism and trade.

Upon its entry into force, the agreement provides for immediate implementation of nearly all Open Skies provisions, including substantially open route rights, unrestricted capacity and frequencies, and code-sharing opportunities.  A transitional annex provides for implementation of certain rights relating to passenger charter services within a few years.

The Open Skies agreement creates opportunities for Jamaican and U.S. air carriers to develop our two countries' aviation market.  Such shared commercial interests build a foundation for the close bilateral cooperation that both our two governments seek to promote.

Released on October 30, 2002

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