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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 5, 2005


U.S. Signs Open Skies Aviation Agreement With Maldives

The United States is pleased to announce the signing of an Open Skies air transport agreement with Maldives. U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Maldives Ambassador to the United States Mohamed Latheef today inaugurated aviation relations between their two countries, signing an Open Skies agreement that will permit U.S. and Maldivian airlines to operate air services between the two countries without restriction.

This agreement modernizes U.S.-Maldives aviation relations by allowing airlines to make commercial decisions with minimal government intervention. It provides for open routes, capacity, frequencies, designations, and pricing, as well as opportunities for cooperative marketing arrangements, including code-sharing. It also includes all-cargo seventh freedom rights, allowing airlines to perform international cargo operations without a connection to their homeland.

Establishing Open Skies as the basis of U.S.-Maldives aviation relations is an important step toward spurring trade, investment, tourism, and cultural exchange between the two nations. The agreement with the Maldives follows the U.S. Open Skies pact signed last month with neighboring India, as well as previous Open Skies agreements with other South Asian nations, including Sri Lanka and Pakistan. With this signing, Maldives is the 69th country with which the United States has negotiated a bilateral Open Skies agreement.

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