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Angola and the United States sign bilateral Open Skies Agreement

On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, the Angolan Minister of Transport, Ricardo Viegas D’Abreu, and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, signed a historic Open Skies Air Services Agreement and a Memorandum of Consultations in the field of Civil Aviation.

The signing, which took place in Washington, aims to promote a strong international aviation system between the two countries, based on healthy competition of their airlines and with direct access of Angola to the largest civil aviation system in the world.

For the Angolan Minister of Transport, the signing of these two documents “represents a new step in the consolidation of Angola in the global air space, especially with the new international airport on the horizon. This new modern infrastructure is aligned with the best international technological practices and has been designed to accommodate the largest aircraft, a fact that will also place Angola on the most important commercial and tourist routes in the United States, both fundamental to the socio-economic development of our country.”

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called “the new airport very important for the development of the sub-Saharan region of the African continent and a powerful lever for its development.” He also said that the great commitment of U.S. policy in this area is based on safety, comfort and passenger experience, whether in terms of air, sea or rail transport, or even small things like boarding places, distance between gates and, above all, the green seal, that is, the subject of renewable energy. “Keep us informed of any projects you consider important, because we can always put them on our investors’ radar.” -he added

Recall that this agreement allows airlines in both countries to offer the public a wide range of service options, at innovative and competitive prices.

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