The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas have signed an Air Transport Agreement between the two countries. On January 27, 2020, in Nassau, The Bahamas, Charge D’Affaier Stephanie Bowers and Bahamian Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar signed the first bilateral air transport agreement by the neighboring countries. The Agreement establishes a modern civil aviation relationship with The Bahamas consistent with U.S. Open Skies international aviation policy. It includes unrestricted capacity and frequency of services, open route rights, a liberal charter regime, and open code-sharing opportunities. The Bahamas became the 129th nation to sign such agreement with the United States as well as becoming the 23rd air agreement sign by the country to date.
“The agreement provides the same opportunity to our Bahamian designated airlines to operate under this agreement into the United States and any other country of which these agreements have been executed. The implementation of this agreement will also make travel easier for Bahamians and Americans for visiting in greater numbers” said Dionisio D’Aguilar.
In support of the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 strategy, this Open Skies Agreement will further expand a strong economic and commercial partnership, promote people-to-people ties and create new opportunities for airlines, travel companies, and customers. Air carriers can provide more affordable, convenient and efficient air services to travelers and shippers, promoting tourism and commerce. The Agreement commits both governments to high standards of aviation safety and security. It also represents a step forward for the liberalization of civil aviation in the Caribbean and The Bahamas’ connectivity with the world.
“America’s Open Skies policy has gone hand-in-hand with U.S. airline globalization. By allowing U.S. air carriers unlimited market access to our partners’ markets as well as rights to fly to points in between and beyond, Open Skies agreements provide maximum operational flexibility worldwide for U.S. airlines” said Stephanie Bowers.