The United States and Guinea Sign Open Skies Agreement

Today, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Keith Krach and Guinean Minister of Foreign Affairs Mamadi Touré signed the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Guinea.

The Agreement establishes a modern civil aviation relationship with Guinea, consistent with U.S. Open Skies international aviation policy.  It includes unrestricted capacity and frequency of services, open route rights, a liberal charter regime, and open code-sharing opportunities.  Open Skies agreements also allow airlines to make commercial decisions based on demand without intervention from government regulators.  Airlines can provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service to consumers and shippers, thereby promoting travel and trade.

This Agreement with Guinea deepens our nations’ shared commercial and economic ties, and it increases market access for our airlines.  It commits both governments to high standards of safety and security.  The Agreement also represents continuing U.S. leadership to liberalize the international civil aviation sector in a region with the potential to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world.