The Governments of the Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic, through the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), signed an Amendment Protocol to the Air Transport Services Agreement.
The protocol allows for the optimization of air transport operations and services for the benefit of users and airlines of both nations.
The new negotiation initiated through the CAB between the two countries modernizes the agreement signed in Nassau, Bahamas, on December 7, 2016.
The document was signed by the president of the CAB, José Ernesto Marte Piantini and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Dominican Government, H.E. Petr Kaván.
Marte has signed agreements with Spain, Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the State of Qatar and now with the Czech Republic.
Piantini indicated that “the signing of this Protocol is part of the actions to expand Dominican commercial aviation, especially towards strategic European markets”.
The diplomat, Petr Kaván, took the opportunity to invite the president of the JAC on the first direct flight between the two nations as a result of the signing of this agreement.
The document contains actions to strengthen air transport services between the two nations and includes the clauses recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to its member states, thus strengthening bilateral ties in commercial aviation matters.
It also establishes very flexible principles tending towards a liberalized approach to air operations between both territories, thus strengthening air commercial relations by establishing: Multiple designation of airlines in order to operate the agreed services, Traffic Rights of up to 5th Air Freedom for passenger, cargo and mail flights, provisions on Code-Sharing operations, among other principles.
The official said that the interest of the current management of the Civil Aviation Board is maintained in the permanent search for new strategic and commercial allies to promote the sector and bring closer the opportunities that the Dominican territory has as a destination.
On the other hand, he indicated that the updating of the document will expand air transport services to and from Europe, allowing Czech businessmen to invest in the country. “This document, as well as the one signed with Spain, will immediately translate into greater connectivity for our territory and an important boost for investment and trade,” said Piantini.
He added that with the signing of this document, the current government headed by the President of the Republic Luis Abinader, fulfills its promise to the Dominicans residing in the city of Prague and other cities of the Czech Republic to establish direct flights to and from the country located in the center of Europe.
He added that with the signing of this document the current government headed by the President of the Republic Luis Abinader, fulfills its promise to the Dominicans residing in the city of Prague and other cities of the Czech Republic to establish direct flights to and from the country located in the center of Europe.
He stressed the importance of creating more opportunities for national air transport operators “Czech Republic is our ninth most active market in Europe after Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium”, said the president of the JAC at the end of the signing ceremony.
The ceremony was held in the Norge Botello meeting room of the Civil Aviation Board and was attended by Nasim Antonio Yapor Alba, member of the CAB, Paola Aimée, president of the Agreements Commission and alternate representative of the Dominican Republic to the ICAO; Plá Puello, secretary of the plenary session of the CAB; Juberkis Luciano, in charge of Air Transport and María Luisa Hernández Rodríguez, coordinator of International Agreements. The Czech Republic was represented by Ambassador Petr Kaván and the Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic in Santo Domingo, José Ramón Brea González.