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More air services planned to fly to St Kitts holidays with Open Skies agreement

Negotiations between the U.S and the sister islands of St Kitts and Nevis are due to start as the two nations discuss an Open Skies Agreement which hwould highly benefit the St Kitts and Nevis holidays market.

More air services planned to fly to St Kitts holidays with Open Skies agreement

Boosting the St Kitts holidays market for American travellers, the government of St Kitts and Nevis has given the greenlight for the twin-island Federation to begin negotiations with the United States of America for an Open Skies Agreement.

In a move that might see an increase in the number of visitors taking Caribbean holidays in St Kitts and Nevis, the Federation’s Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. Richard Skerritt, when bringing this important matter before the Cabinet, explained that the intended outcome of achieving an Open Skies agreement with the USA was to derive mutual benefit for the two countries particularly during this period of global economic downturn where the travel market needs to be given extra attention and that extra push, especially when it comes to Caribbean holidays which have badly suffered during this challenging period.

Skerritt specifically advised that a successful agreement, if reached, would help establish rules to facilitate growth of an efficient, market-based aviation system, enhancing potential for business, investment, exports and tourism; and the strengthening of bilateral ties with the USA.

Open skies is an international policy concept which promotes the liberalization of rules and regulations for the international aviation industry, particularly commercial aviation, thereby opening up a free market for the airline industry. An Open Skies policy gives effect to the Convention on International Civil Aviation signed in Chicago in 1944.

Three US carriers – American Airlines, US Airways and Delta Airlines -- operate scheduled service into St Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. American Eagle also operates scheduled daily service to the Vance Amory International Airport in Nevis and the Bradshaw Airport in St Kitts. Other US-based carriers including Miami Air also operate charter services to St Kitts.

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