'OPEN SKIES' AIR TRANSPORT AGREEMENT BETWEEN
SRI LANKA AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ENTERS INTO FORCE
The Air Transport Agreement between Sri Lanka and the United
States of America signed by Hon. Tyronne Fernando, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Hon. Colin Powell, Secretary of State on behalf
of their respective Governments on 11th June 2002, in Washington
DC, entered into force on 18th Nov. 2002, upon completion of all
necessary internal procedures by both countries. It is the first
Air Transport Agreement to be concluded by Sri Lanka with the
United States of America since independence.
This 'Open Skies' Agreement provides the legal framework for
unrestricted capacity and frequencies by the airlines of both
countries including liberalized code sharing and charter arrangements.
The Agreement covers both passenger and cargo services and is
expected to bring substantial economic benefits to air travellers,
the business community and Sri Lankan expatriates in the United
States of America.
The Agreement also provides for cooperation in air traffic security
and safety between the two countries.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
18 November 2002