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Criticism over EU-US Open Skies deal

The US and EU have agreed to make permanent the 2007 agreement allowing airlines to fly between any EU and US city, but failed to move forward the issue of airline ownership.
They also agreed to deepen cooperation between the US and the EU over aviation security, safety, competition and ease of travel.
 
IATA (the International Air Transport Association) criticised the agreement for not going far enough. Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's director general and ceo, said: "It is disappointing that, at this critical time, we did not make significant progress on the issue of ownership.
 
"The agreement was not a step backwards, but it did not move us forward. The long-term financial sustainability of the industry is dependant on normal commercial freedoms. I urge both governments to keep this on the radar screen for urgent follow-up."
 
The International Air Carrier Association said its members were "frustrated and disappointed by the failure to agree a balanced deal for all airlines".
 
Sylviane Lust, IACA's director general, said: "This deal is completely one sided in favour of US airlines... [it] hasn't brought airlines any closer to a genuine open sky and provides no new opportunities for European carriers.
 
"IACA calls on both side to honour their commitments made at the start of the EU-US aviation talks in 2003. After all those years of trumpeting minor breakthroughs, it is really time to achieve a genuine open sky, with equal opportunities for both sides."

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Is there anyone in the aviation industry who did not realise that this agreement would end up favouring the Americans? The US doesn`t do deals that puts foreign businesses on a level footing with American business. They never have done and we all knew from the beginning that it would turn out favourable to them, and the EU would always back down

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