Central American Integration Needs Open Skies

Central American countries need to grant each other complete air freedom, with unrestricted frequencies and multiple designations.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A study of the conditions of competition in air transport for passengers in El Salvador, prepared by the Superintendency of Competition in the country, contains relevant definitions for optimization of air transport not only for El Salvador, but also all other Central countries.

".../A Central American Common Aviation Market

The study contracted with the firm ADHOC reveals the disparity between schemes granting freedoms in Central America. Moreover, the multilateral agreement signed by El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua does not address important issues in terms of the opening up of air transport services and does not include all of the countries in the region. For these reasons, the Council believes that it is necessary to make a proposal in the sense of promoting a policy of regional character that deals with topics that are commonly regulated by air services agreements (ASA's): air freedoms, capacity airline designations, etc.

A Central American common market in air transport of passengers should have two components: an open skies agreement between countries in the region and the negotiation of agreements between them and third party countries.

The first component would be an agreement under which Central American countries grant to each other complete air freedom, with unrestricted frequencies and multiple designations.

More on this topic

El Salvador Ratifies Air Agreements with L.A. Countries

August 2013

Air agreements have been approved with El Salvador, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Cuba in order to strengthen the open skies policy.

From a press release issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

The House has approved legislation ratifying four agreements on air transport agreements between the Government of El Salvador and the Governments of Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Cuba, which were submitted to the House by the Committee on Foreign Relations, Central American Integration and Salvadorans Abroad.

Costa Rican Congress Delays Open Skies Agreements

December 2011

Lack of approval of three open skies agreements is hindering the tourism benefits of open skies policies.

The open skies agreement signed with the United States in 1999, is one successful example, measured by the growth in frequencies, tourist arrivals and availability of air cargo warehouses.

Guatemala Signs Open Skies Agreement

May 2011

The "Multilateral Agreement on Open Skies" allows maximum freedom for the development of commercial aviation in Latin America.

Counting Guatemala, there are now four nations signed up to the agreement. About ten more countries are expected to have signed the agreement by the end of 2011.

Costa Rica Signs "Open Skies" Agreement with Brazil

February 2011

The countries signed an open skies agreement on February 22nd.

Said agreement grants airlines much more flexibility when selecting routes, frequencies and prices.

Nacion.com adds that "the international policy known as 'open skies' upholds each country's immigration and aviation laws, while permitting carriers much more flexibility."

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