Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 28, 2009

The United States and Uganda signed an Open-Skies air services agreement on Tuesday, October 27, in Atlanta, at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s Conference on African Aviation.

Uganda’s Minister of Transport, the Honorable John Nasasira, and Susan Kurland, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, signed for their respective governments.

The Agreement, which entered into force upon signature, reflects the close and growing cooperation in developing economic ties between the United States and Uganda.

The United States has concluded over 90 Open Skies accords with economies around the world, including 20 such agreements on the continent of Africa.

Open Skies agreements have vastly expanded international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States, promoting increased travel and trade, enhancing productivity, and spurring high-quality job opportunities and economic growth. Open Skies agreements do this by eliminating government interference in the commercial decisions of air carriers about routes, capacity, and pricing, freeing carriers to provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service for consumers.

PRN: 2009/1077