Air Transport World

Take what they will give you.(European Council and US open skies agreement )(Editorial)

We'll admit to having been caught off guard by the European Council's approval of the US-EU open skies agreement (set to be signed formally at the end of April). With Washington having withdrawn its foreign control NPRM last fall and two previous open skies agreements having failed, there seemed little reason to predict success this time. We also had not expected the Franco-German alignment to prevail over the UK aviation establishment, which had made clear its lack of enthusiasm for the deal. That the Blair government eventually went along with Brussels likely speaks to its desire to rebuild ties partially sundered by its strong pro-US stance in the Iraq war, as well as its realpolitik assessment of the situation on the ground. …

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