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Open Sky Agreement Tunisia

The open skies consist of the opening of Tunisian airspace and national airports to the planes of the various European airlines at first. In a second phase, aircraft from other international airlines will be affected by this agreement. Once implemented, the “open skies” would lift restrictions on direct flights between the EU and Tunisian airports, with the exception of Tunis-Carthage, where restrictions would be lifted at the end of a five-year transitional period. Nouvelair, since 2013 A charter operator has been developing since 2013 a number of scheduled flights to European destinations, such as France and Germany, to which the company intends to continue its expansion from 2016, in light of a recently signed cooperation agreement with the two countries. The airline has also begun to charter its aircraft abroad – in particular to airlines in Morocco (Royal Air Maroc), Algeria (Air Algeria) and low-cost Saudi flynas, among other things – to adapt its fleet within the country to local needs and prevent its resources from remaining unused. A fourth operator, Syphax Airlines, which targets direct long-haul flights, is currently in the planning phase. The agreement aims to allow new airlines to enter the market at competitive prices, thereby increasing the number of tourists. This should allow Tunisia to take advantage of the expected increase in air passengers worldwide, which will more than double over the next two decades. The agreement is also expected to affect a number of related air services, such as ground transportation, technical assistance and catering.

After seven years of negotiations, Tunisia and the European Union have finally agreed on the issue of the “open skies” agreement. “The ratification and signing procedures are currently under way on both sides,” EU sources told The Arab Weekly, “but as the procedure on the EU side is quite long, it has been agreed to apply the agreement on an interim basis as soon as Tunisia`s ratification is completed.” According to the EU delegation in Tunisia, the “open skies” agreement is expected to draw an additional 800,000 passengers over a five-year period between the continent and Tunisia, an increase of 13% per year.

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