UAE signs open skies agreement with Sierra Leone
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has signed an Open Skies agreement for the UAE with the Government of Sierra Leone enabling any number of each countries' designated airlines have the right to perform scheduled air services between the nations.
Full flexibility is given on routes, capacity, frequency and types of aircraft (passenger or cargo) and the MoU includes the exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights.
The deal was signed by H.E Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and chairman of GCAA, and H.E Leonard BalogunKoroma, Minister of Transport and Aviation in Sierra Leone.
Also in attended were H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of UAE GCAA, who stressed the importance of open sky agreements in boosting trade, tourism and investment, and Laila Hareb Al Muhairi, assistant director general of Strategy and International Affairs Sector.
She said: "United Arab Emirates is driven more than ever to continue its international collaboration in air transport and shall continue its far-reaching and sound advances toward opening and liberating skies with countries of the world."
The UAE has air services agreements with over 164 countries, of which 87 are open skies agreements.