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US, Uganda sign open skies agreement

world Updated: Oct 29, 2009 10:48 IST

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The United States and Uganda have signed an Open-Skies air services agreement, the State Department announced today.

The US-Uganda Open Skies Agreement was signed in Atlanta on Tuesday by Uganda's Minister of Transport John Nasasira and US Department of Transportation's Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Susan Kurland at US Trade and Development Agency's Conference on African Aviation.

"The Agreement, which entered into force upon signature, reflects the close and growing cooperation in developing economic ties between the United States and Uganda," the State Department said.

So far the US has concluded over 90 Open Skies accords including that with India, of which 20 such agreements have been signed with African countries.

Open Skies deals have vastly expanded international passenger and cargo flights to and from the US, promoting increased travel and trade, enhancing productivity, and spurring high-quality job opportunities and economic growth, the statement said.

"Open Skies agreements do this by eliminating government interference in the commercial decisions of air carriers about routes, capacity, and pricing, freeing carriers to provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service for consumers," it said.