United States and Macedonia Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 23, 2012

On August 23 in Skopje, Deputy Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker and Macedonian Minister of Transportation Mile Janakieski signed an Open Skies air services agreement that will formalize the liberalization of our bilateral aviation relationship. The United States and Macedonia initialed the agreement in July 2011. The Open Skies Agreement shall enter into force 30 days after the date of the final notification, via an exchange of diplomatic notes between the two sides.

The Open Skies Agreement establishes a liberalized aviation relationship between the United States and Macedonia. It creates opportunities for strengthening the economic partnership between the United States and Macedonia through closer links in transport and trade.

Open Skies agreements 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 strengthen and expand our strong trade and tourism links with Macedonia, benefitting U.S. and Macedonian 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.

The United States has concluded over 100 Open Skies agreements with partners around the world and at all levels of development.

For more information about Open Skies, please visit: http://www.state.gov/e/eb/tra/ata/index.htm

United States and Suriname Initial Open Skies Agreement

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 21, 2012

On June 21, delegations representing the United States and the Republic of Suriname initialed the text of a U.S.-Suriname Open Skies Agreement. Upon entry into force, the Agreement will liberalize our bilateral aviation relationship.

This agreement strengthens and expands our trade and tourism links with Suriname, and will benefit American and Surinamese businesses and travelers. It will expand air service and encourage vigorous price competition by airlines, while safeguarding aviation safety and security.

For more information about Open Skies, please visit: http://www.state.gov/e/eb/tra/ata/.

Treaty on Open Skies Marks 20 Years Promoting Euro-Atlantic Security

The Treaty on Open Skies, with the signature of U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, on display in Vienna, Austria, March 27, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Diana Marvin serves as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Euro-Atlantic Security in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

On March 24, the United States commemorated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Open Skies, and the role it has played in providing peace and stability for Euro-Atlantic relations. On March 27, Acting Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller spoke at a special reception in Vienna, Austria, hosted by the governments of Canada and Hungary, to mark this occasion. In her remarks, Gottemoeller emphasized, “While much has been accomplished under the Treaty, its potential, in our view, has not yet been fully tapped. Parties need to upgrade to digital sensors as soon as possible, and application of the results should be used to address a wider range of transnational threats and verification challenges.”

In a nutshell, the Treaty gives each State Party the opportunity to conduct unarmed aerial observation… more »

U.S., Colombia Sign Open Skies Agreement

People watch a sunset from the old city wall of Cartagena, Colombia, Jan. 22, 2004. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Jose W. Fernandez serves as Assistant Secretary of State forEconomic, Energy, and Business Affairs.

Earlier today, Under Secretary William J. Burns signed an Open Skies Air Transport agreement with Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin. Signing this agreement not only demonstrates the excellent state of our bilateral relations, but also holds the promise of an even closer partnership between our two countries. Open Skies will strengthen and expand already strong linkages between us, benefiting U.S. and Colombian businesses and travelers by expanding air service and encouraging vigorous price competition by airlines, while safeguarding aviation safety and security. 

Consumers and businesses will begin seeing the benefits of this agreement almost immediately. Colombia is a major aviation partner of the United States; every year more than two million passengers travel between our two countries. In fact, the United States is Colombia’s top aviation market, and… more »