To learn more about U.S. aviation policy and our open-air air agreements, check out the State Department`s website: www.state.gov/civil-air-transport-agreements/ U.S. open skies policy has gone hand in hand with the globalization of U.S. airlines. By allowing U.S. airlines unlimited access to our partners` markets, as well as the right to take points between the two and beyond, open ski agreements provide U.S. airlines with maximum operational flexibility around the world. Eager to modernize and strengthen its bilateral air transportation relationship and expand the opportunities offered by international air transportation across cargo, to enable stronger and more efficient trade and commerce, the United States has reciprocal open air travel with more than 125 partners. These include a number of important rights and obligations agreements with several aviation partners: the 2001 Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transport (MALIAT) with New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and Chile, to which Tonga and Mongolia subsequently acceded; the 2007 Air Services Agreement with the European Union and its Member States; and the 2011 Air Services Agreement between the United States of America, the European Republic and its Member States, Iceland and Norway. The United States has more restrictive air agreements with a number of other countries, including China. The Department of Foreign Affairs negotiates, in collaboration with the Ministries of Transport and Trade, agreements with foreign governments that provide the framework for commercial air services. The most liberal of these civil air transport agreements, called “open skies” agreements, offered the possibility of expanding international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States. They promote economic growth by increasing travel and trade, increasing productivity and creating quality jobs.

Open skies agreements do this by eliminating state intervention in air carriers` business decisions on routes, capacity and prices, thereby enabling airlines to offer more affordable, convenient and efficient air services for consumers and shippers. . . .