The United States and The Bahamas Sign Air Transport Agreement

The Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar and Ms. Manisha Singh, US Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs signing the Air Transport Agreement

The Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Ms. Manisha Singh, US Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs signing the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

NASSAU, Bahamas – On January 27, 2020, in Nassau, The Bahamas, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh and Bahamian Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar signed the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the first bilateral air transport agreement negotiated by the two 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 Agreement entered into force upon signature.

Hon. Dionisio D’ Aguilar stated “Today marks another milestone achievement for Aviation in the Bahamas. The signing of this Air Transport Agreement between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the United States of America will mean that the Bahamas has now successfully concluded twenty-three (23) Air Service Agreements.”

In support of the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 strategy, this Agreement with The Bahamas will further expand our 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.

Information on U.S. aviation policy and our air transport agreements is available on the Department of State’s website HERE.

Bahamian and US government officials at the official signing of the Air Transport Agreement at The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Office

Bahamian and US government officials at the official signing of the Air Transport Agreement at The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Office.

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