The UAE represented by General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has signed an air service agreement on an open skies policy basis by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Gabon.
The agreement was signed by Capt Khalid Humaid Al Ali, director of Air Transport Department in the GCAA, and Oyinamono Dominique, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Gabon. The two delegations agreed that any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services between the two countries.
The MoU allows full flexibility on routes, capacity, number of frequencies and types of aircraft, in any type of service (passenger or cargo). The signed Memorandum also includes exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights. In addition, both parties agreed to allow unrestricted, non-scheduled charter operations between the two countries.
The Gabonese delegation also met a number of GCAA officials to discuss opportunities of collaboration among both states, notably in training. GCAA runs a training programme to host and train a number of African aviation professionals and has hosted trainees from Ghana, Liberia, Sudan and South Africa, among others, over the past two years. The UAE has air services agreements with over 168 countries, of which 122 are open skies or liberal agreements.