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EU to sign air transport deal with Qatar, the ‘first’ in Gulf

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BRUSSELS, June 28, (KUNA): The European Union Monday gave the goahead for the signing of three neighbourhood aviation agreements with Ukraine, Armenia and Tunisia as well as an air transport agreement with Qatar. The agreement with Qatar will open the market equally with all 27 EU member states, upgrading the rules and standards that currently exist for flights between Qatar and the EU. This is the first such agreement between the EU and a Gulf country, noted an EU statement.

These agreements will open up the air transport market, offering new opportunities for both consumers and operators. Through more efficient connectivity, they will promote trade, tourism, investment and economic and social development, it said. “The Council is now ready to sign four important aviation agreements that will improve market access for airlines and enhance connectivity and freedom of movement for citizens. At the same time, they will ensure the highest level of safety and security and provide for a level playing field” said Pedro Nuno Santos, Portuguese Minister for Infrastructure and Housing whose country holds the current EU Presidency

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