United States delegates to the twelfth International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN 2019) have expanded the network of U.S. Open Skies partners through a newly negotiated and amended agreement with Kenya.
Since 1992, the United States has pursued an “open-skies” policy designed to eliminate government involvement in airline decision-making about routes, capacity, and pricing in international markets.
Delegation headed by Commander of the US Transportation Command, General Stephen Lyons, arrived in Baku for a working visit, the press service of the Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) said on Nov. 9.
During the visit, the guests got acquainted with the Baku Cargo Terminal located at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Terminal building’s total area is 25,000 square meters making it the biggest and most technically advanced cargo terminal in the CIS. The Baku Cargo Terminal is a link for the transportation of goods between the US and Asia… According to him, the US highly appreciates the contribution of Azerbaijan to cooperation in the field of security, including peace-support operations in Afghanistan.
But had Marr been on the ball (something he’s never been), he might also have asked about the US-EU bilateral agreement on safety in civil aviation – the so-called BASA. Even if the open skies agreement could be resolved, this is a far more complex issue, where there is no obvious or simple resolution.(…)
To that extent, it is good to have a little whiff of reality. Our politicians need to know that they are playing with fire, with the order and stability of our society at stake. Should the day come where they do lose control, one also hopes that the media will get their share of the attention. Their incompetence easily matches that of the government.