“Colombia and the United States reached an “open skies” agreement that will enter into force on Jan. 1, 2013, and allow total liberalization of air traffic between the two countries.
“It means there will be total freedom,” Colombian civil aviation chief Santiago Castro told reporters Thursday in announcing the accord, which was reached after three days of negotiations in Bogota with a U.S. delegation. That team was headed by the acting director of the U.S. Office of Aviation Negotiations, Wendell Albright. The new agreement updates the bilateral treaty that has governed aviation operations between the two countries since 1954, Colombian civil aviation authorities said in a statement.
A transition period will be in effect before the “open skies” system goes into force in 2013, during which time each country will be allowed to add another 21 weekly frequencies on currently operated routes and create new itineraries without restriction. Between 2012 and 2013, both countries will be able to add another 21 frequencies on operated routes. A total of 200 weekly flights are currently operated between Colombia and the United States.” – LAHT