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EU-US Open Skies expansion

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The EU-US open skies accord, act II. Two years after the entry into force of a first deal, Europe and the United States have agreed on further steps for liberalisation of transatlantic commercial aviation. The first text gave EU countries’ airlines the right to land and take off from airports in the US and vice versa.

The new deal expands commercial opportunities and cooperation on issues such as the environment, social protection, competition, and security.

The US still limits foreign ownership and control of its airlines, and some leaders in EU aviation want more freedom to operate in the vast American market. Open Skies II moves towards that.

Both sides have also found that a joint committee which meets to work on matters of mutual concern is more successful than they had expected.