New deal gives Saudi Arabia "unrestricted" access to U.S. airspace

U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith and Dr. Faisal bin Hamad Al-Sugair, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Director of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, signed the deal on May 28

by The Commentator on 6 June 2013 15:21

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A new deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia is set to give "unrestricted" access by each country to the others' airspace.

The new open skies agreement, which America maintains with around 100 other countries, allows for Saudi airlines to fly to any destination in the United States, and vice versa.

The U.S. State Department website says:

The United States-Saudi Arabia Open Skies agreement will, following a transition period, permit unrestricted air service by the airlines of both countries between and beyond the other’s territory, eliminating restrictions on how often the carriers fly, the kind of aircraft they use and the prices they charge. This agreement will allow for the strengthening and expansion of our strong trade and tourism links with Saudi Arabia, benefitting U.S. and Saudi Arabian businesses and travelers by expanding opportunities for air services and encouraging vigorous price competition by airlines, while preserving our commitments to aviation safety and security. …”

U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith and Dr. Faisal bin Hamad Al-Sugair, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Director of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, signed the deal on May 28.

The agreement is expected to be fully implemented in three years.

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