Open skies for UAE and Greece

The United Arab Emirates represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has signed an open skies deal with Greece.
Representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, RAK Airways and flydubai attended the negotiations in Abu Dhab earlier this month.
UAE carriers, such as Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways, are currently operating seven flights a week to Athens. Bilateral trade reports indicate that non-oil trade exchange stood at $117 million in 2010, ranking Greece as 39th UAE’s trade partner.
The two delegations agreed that any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services. The UAE delegation designated Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the agreement. The Hellenic Republic designated Olympic Air as Greek national airline.
The agreement allows full flexibility on the routes, capacity, number of frequencies and types of aircraft, in any type of service, passenger or cargo. The deal also includes the exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights. In addition, both countries agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled / charter operations between the two countries. UAE now has air services agreements with 146 countries, of which 106 are open skies or fully liberal arrangements.
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