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EU-US Open Skies Delayed Again

Wed May 17, 2006 6:28 am

"EU-US open skies agreement delayed yet again
Tuesday May 16, 2006

EU and US aviation officials concluded aviation negotiations in Brussels last week with predictable results: The pushing back of the deadline to reach agreement on the transatlantic Open Aviation Area.The stumbling block remains limits on foreign ownership in US carriers and the recently revised Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the US Dept. of Transportation.

EU negotiators had been expecting a firm proposal last month that, if satisfactory to the member states, would have opened the way to the signing of an open skies agreement at the EU Transport Council in June. However, the US has extended its internal decision-making process, meaning the EU will not receive a firm proposal until later this year. The earliest an agreement could come into force would be the summer 2007 traffic season."

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Summer 2007? What do you guys think - will the US concede on foreign
ownership and can CO and other US airlines be soothed with something regarding their demands for guaranteed access/slots for LHR?