Jamaica & USA Sign Improved ‘Open Skies policy’

Jamaica and the United States have agreed to greater improvements in air transport freedom between both countries.

This as the two nations have signed an amended Air Transport Agreement to include seventh-freedom rights for all cargo operations.

U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires, Eric Khant, says Seventh-freedom rights permit airlines to arrange flights between a second and third country without touching down in the airline’s home country.

The amended agreement replaces the previous 2008 Air Transport Agreement. The new accord takes immediate effect.

It forms part of Jamaica’s switch to what’s called an Open Skies policy.

Open skies is an international policy concept that calls for the liberalization of the rules and regulations of the international aviation industry.

Mr. Khant says the new agreement will further fuel Jamaica’s push to be an international logistics hub.

Eric Khant, Chargé d’ Affaires at the United States Embassay in Kingston.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Robert Montague welcomed the new agreement.

They were speaking today at the signing ceremony for the amended air transport agreement at the Ministry’s headquarters in St. Andrew.