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UAE signs 'Open Sky' air services agreement with Turkmenistan

The United Arab Emirates represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has initialed an 'Open' Air Services Agreement (ASA) and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turkmenistan in Dubai on 21st June 2009.

The agreement was signed by Omar Bin Ghaleb, Deputy Director General of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Mr. Sariyev Yagdy, Representative of Turkmenhowallary, State Civil Aviation Department.

Representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation, Sharjah Civil Aviation, Emirates airline, Etihad Airways and RAK Airways, attended the negotiations.

The two delegations agreed that any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services. The UAE Delegation designated Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, RAK Airways, Air Arabia and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the Agreement.

The Turkmenistan party designated Turkmenistan Airlines as national Airline of Turkmenistan.

The agreement allows for the operation of any capacities, numbers of frequencies and types of aircraft, whether owned or leased, by the Designated Airlines of each country in any type of service (passenger or cargo) on the routes between Turkmenistan and the UAE.

The agreement also includes, in addition to the third and fourth freedoms, the practice of full fifth freedom traffic rights on all points of their choice without any restriction while operating any type of services (passenger and/or cargo, separately or in combination).

They might also offer code share services between any point(s) in the territory of the other Party, provided that such services are operated by an airline or airlines of the other Party. In addition, both Parties agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled operations between the two countries.