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Open Skies flights deal faces a bumpy landing

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The second round of “Open Skies” discussions between the European Union and the United States is off the ground, this one about levels of foreign ownership in airline companies on either side of the Atlantic. “Open Skies” Round One has allowed carriers access to any U.S. city from any point in the EU, and vice versa, since March. The fresh talks went ahead in Brdo, Slovenia, the EU’s current presiding nation. Britain is calling for the 25 percent cap on foreign control of U.S. airlines to be abolished. The U.S. envoy to the European Commission, C. Boyden Gray, said this might see the light of day by 2020. The European cap on American stock in airlines is 49 percent. European airlines also want the right to sell tickets for flights between U.S. cities. Britain has warned that if U.S. barriers are not lowered it will terminate Open Skies phase one.