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Mineta rules out cabotage for EC airlines.(European Commission)(Norman Mineta)(Brief Article)

Cabotage will not be part of any agreement to create a transatlantic Open Aviation Area with the European Union, US Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said last month in Brussels as he urged European negotiators to accept a more limited agreement. "With an election coming up, I can't think of any way of Congress changing the law regarding cabotage ... More than that, I don't think that Congress's feelings on cabotage will be any different in two or three years," Mineta told the European Aviation Club.

He warned that both sides risk "closing the door on open skies for a long and uncertain period" if they do not conclude a deal before the end of the current US administration and European Commission later this year. …

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