The 2016 National Civil Aviation Policy allows the government to conclude an open skies agreement on a reciprocal basis with ASARC nations and countries beyond a 5,000-kilometre radius of New Delhi. The group thanked President Trump for securing the agreement and said it would protect American workers. She wanted the Obama administration to negotiate formally with the United Arab Emirates, but the previous administration did not make any major progress. The agreement allows any EU airline to fly between the UNITED Arab Emirates and each EU member state in which it is established and in which there is a bilateral agreement with the United Arab Emirates and traffic rights. It does not replace bilateral agreements, but adapts them to bring them in line with EU law. This is an important step in relation to the traditional organisation of air transport based on nationality restrictions and complements the EU`s internal external aviation market. “Unlike some media reports, there is no freeze on operating rights or unspoken commitments imposed by the air transport agreement,” Emirates said in its statement. “The Record of Discussion also makes clear that the UAE and its designated carriers are, and have been at all times in full compliance with the agreement, and that there were never any violations of the agreement by UAE carriers.” News of the deal was first reported by The Associated Press. On 30 November 2007, the EU and the United Arab Emirates signed a horizontal air services agreement allowing EU air carriers to fly between the United Arab Emirates and each EU member state. Read also: Coronavirus | International itineraries are open on a case-by-case basis: the EU member states of the DGCA have authorised the European Commission to start talks in June 2016 with the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. A mandate was given in December 2017 for open-air talks with Armenia and a mandate was given in May 2018 for EU-level talks with Oman. The United Arab Emirates wants an Open Sky deal with India. It is also ready to cooperate with India to create aviation platforms inside the country, Ar Albanna, the United Arab Emirates` ambassador to India, said on Wednesday.
“We need an open skies policy. You can`t be protected and at the same time say you want to become a hub. Open skies policy and the fifth and sixth freedoms are two distinct themes,” Albanna said in a webinar organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The envoy stressed that the United Arab Emirates had succeeded in creating important hubs, notably in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. “The implementation of an open skies policy is one of the main elements or pillars to become an important crossroads,” Albanna said. The UAE`s refusal to participate in the EU-wide open-ski talks is a clear victory for France and Germany. Following the lobbying of their airlines Lufthansa and Air France-KLM, the countries only supported the CATA mandate requested by the Commission after obtaining a guarantee that Brussels would adopt new and stricter legislation against unfair competition from third countries or their entities. Although there is no open skies at EU level and there will therefore be an agreement on air services under the national control of the Member States, the new fair competition rules – better known than the revised 868 – will soon come into force.