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Air transport agreement signed with South Africa

posted on 04/02/2001: 786 views

Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, minister of communications and Abdullah Mohammed Omar, minister of transport of South Africa, on Saturday signed a bi-lateral air services agreement between the UAE and South African governments, for the purpose of establishing air services between and beyond their respective territories.

A joint statement issued today said that this formalised the agreement initialled in Pretoria, South Africa on Nov.24, 1993, during discussions between the aviation authorities of the two countries. After being approved in accordance with the constitutional requirements of each country, this agreement would be submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organisation for registration, the statement said. At present, Emirates, one of the designated carriers of the UAE, operates a daily flight between Dubai and Johannesburg.

All seven flights are code shared with South African Airways, one of the designated carriers of South Africa, which illustrates the close co-operation between airlines of the two countries, the statement said.

The statement said that the formal signing of the air services agreement today will not only encourage airlines, but will further strengthen the friendly and cordial relationships between the UAE and South Africa. The South African Minister also visited the Emirates engineering complex at the Dubai International Airport. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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