This is actually quite interesting news. I knew that some countries in the Balkans were considering joining the openskies..but all at once! wow...this is quite a feat of diplomacy.
Just imagine the bonanza of new routes..finally! Can't wait.
The frenzy feeding is just about to start . No doubt about it ! At the fore front all Eastern and Western LCC are finally given access to countries that are not yet EU members! Over all Great news for low budget travelers of Eastern Europe! Bad news for bus operators though
Quoting JoKeR (Reply 3): this will likely give the final blow to our darling JAT
Not necessarily. I personally see EU’s Open Sky Agreement as a real opportunity for small full-service airlines to access UNRESTRICTED the whole European market. An example that comes to mind is Malev Hungarian who flew Ireland and Finland to Greece this past summer http://www.malev.hu/BP/ENG/I_NEWS_ENG/2005-0705-1718-53HYHT.asp
Moreover there is an US-Europe Open Sky Agreement being negotiated as we speak that would likely allow unrestricted flights from anywhere in Europe to anywhere in US. In other words provided that JAT could lease long-range aircraft they could possibly serve Frankfurt to New York ! http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1594744,00.html