The UAE represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) signed an air services Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and initiated an Air Services Agreement (ASA) with the Government of the Republic of Kosovo in Pristina. The agreement was initialed by HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General, of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and HE Dritan Gjonbalaj, Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Kosovo.
As per the agreement any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services between two countries. The UAE delegation designated Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the Agreement. The Kosovo Delegation will designate its airlines in due course. The MoU also 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 the exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights. In addition, both Parties agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled / charter operations between the two countries.
HE Al Suwaidi stressed on the importance of open sky agreements like the one signed with Kosovo, which contribute to boost trade, tourism and investment between UAE and Kosovo, taking into account that now the Designated Carriers of the UAE and Kosovo can operate direct services between the two countries.