US, SL amend Open Skies Agreement

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Sri Lanka and the US signed an agreement to amend the US-Sri Lanka Open Skies Agreement of 2002 to facilitate the movement of cargo goods more efficiently and profitably,” the US Embassy said today.

In a statement, it said US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap and Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary G. S. Withanage signed the agreement on Monday.

The Embassy said the amendment strengthens global express delivery cargo networks, enhances bilateral connectivity and competitiveness, and facilitates economic growth and job creation.  

Ambassador Keshap said the amendment to the bilateral Open Skies Agreement further strengthens the robust and longstanding trade relationship between the US and Sri Lanka.

“As Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner, the US seeks economic growth that provides employment and opportunity for the citizens of both our nations,” he said.

The signing took place during the Tenth International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN 2017) held in Colombo on Monday.

Within the ICAN 2017 framework, the US is meeting with over a dozen countries and agreed in principle on amendments to two existing aviation agreements to expand rights for US carriers to include key seventh-freedom rights for all-cargo operations,” the Embassy said.

“This year’s ICAN also provides a venue to discuss a wide range of civil aviation issues with bilateral partner governments to resolve business issues and to obtain new rights for US carriers. The US delegation includes representatives from the Departments of State and Transportation,” it said.

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  • Neviil Fernando Tuesday, 05 December 2017 03:13 PM

    What are the amendments done ? Not stated in the PR.

    daham Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:22 PM

    Yes, Of course, The people have a right to know that.

    sunny Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:31 PM

    Sri Lanka will not benefit anything on this agreement. Sri Lanka is loosing. Lot of US air craft overflying Sri Lanka and will not pay anything. Sri Lankan airline do not go to US to gain anything

    Scooby Doo Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:42 PM

    How is it possible to have ties with USA and China at the same time?

    Gayan Tuesday, 05 December 2017 07:30 PM

    What benefit for us? We dont have cargo or commercial planes flying over USA regularly.


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