The “open skies” agreement is a form of air travel agreement that the U.S. government is negotiating with foreign government partners to grant airlines the rights to offer international passenger and cargo services. They promote consumption, competitiveness and growth. This is why open skies agreements promote more travel and trade, promote the creation of quality jobs and promote widespread economic growth. Its provisions include reciprocal obligations to eliminate government interference in commercial airline decisions regarding routes, capacity, spectrum and prices, allowing airlines to offer more affordable, convenient and efficient air transportation services to consumers and shippers. Open skies agreements improve the flexibility of air operations, expand commercialization opportunities between airlines, enable global express delivery networks, liberalize charter rules and require governments to meet high aviation safety standards. To arrive at these aggregate figures, we looked at three distinct efficiency effects that an open aviation sector would have. America`s open skies policy goes hand in hand with the globalization of airlines. With airlines` unlimited access to our partners` markets and the right to fly all intermediate points and crossing points, open-air agreements offer maximum flexibility for airline alliances. Although the United States has negotiated so-called “open skies” agreements with 11 of the 15 European Union (EU) countries, the United States and Europe maintain significant restrictions on transatlantic competition and investment in air transport. This distorts competition and limits the ability of airlines to adapt to market conditions. Since 1992, the United States has created open skis with more than 125 foreign partners. The recently entered “open skies” agreements include agreements with Belize, the Republic of Guinea, Grenada, Namibia and Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands).
We have also expanded the opportunities offered under the open skies agreements with Japan and Kenya and concluded negotiations on new open skies agreements with the Bahamas, Belarus, Haiti, Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom. More than 70% of international departures from the United States now go to Open Skies partners. We have open skis with countries at all levels of economic development, including major economies like Brazil, India and South Korea, as well as smaller countries like Brunei, Cabo Verde and Rwanda.