Open Skies Treaty to be signed in 2014

31 July 2013 10:24
Kyiv (QHA) -

The signing of the Treaty on Open Skies with the European Union is expected in 2014. If concluded, it will enter into force in 2015, Ukraine's Deputy Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Korniyenko briefed the press on Tuesday, reports Ukrinform.

This issue is a priority of the State Aviation Service and the Ministry of Infrastructure. As reported earlier seven rounds of talks have been already held, the last - eighth - is scheduled to take place in October this year.

“In the air traffic today one of the major issues is a common aviation space with the EU. Negotiations are running quite effectively. The signature of the agreement is expected in the summer of 2014, and its entry into force - at the beginning of 2015,” the deputy minister noted.

According to the deputy minister, in air traffic now there are almost no restrictions on flights to Russia. Agreements on the liberalization of air service are being prepared with the United States, Israel and Italy.

To remind, the principle of Open Skies involves the removal of restrictions by countries on the number of routes and air carriers for flights among the participating countries.