Spain approves air transport agreement with Dominican Republic

The Council of Ministers has authorized this Tuesday the signing and provisional application of the air transport agreement between Spain and the Dominican Republic reached in 2019 and whose signing is expected to take place this week.

As explained by Moncloa, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation is interested in the signing of the agreement taking place during the celebration of FITUR, which will take place in Madrid from January 19 to 23, 2022 and which has the Dominican Republic as a partner. In fact, the country’s president, Luis Abinader, is already in Madrid to participate in the fair.

The agreement, initialed in Áqaba (Jordan) on December 2, 2019 on the occasion of consultations held between the aeronautical authorities of both countries, establishes the legal framework that provides coverage for air links between the two countries, bringing it into line with EU regulations.

The text includes the usual formula of this type of bilateral agreements on air services and includes in its articles the administrative clauses recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to its member states, as explained by the Government.

As it is an agreement of mixed competence between Spain and the EU, it also complies with all the precepts on negotiation and application of air transport service agreements between member states and third countries, as it includes the standard principles and clauses established and required by the EU.

As regards the content, it establishes very flexible principles in the regime of operations that may be carried out between Spain and the Dominican Republic, thus strengthening mutual relations in the field of commercial air transport.

Each country “could designate as many airlines as it wishes, in order to operate the agreed services in the specified routes, as well as to substitute it for another previously designated airline”, Moncloa explained. In terms of capacity, the designated airlines will enjoy a fair and equal opportunity.

As regards routes, the aeronautical authorities will be free to jointly establish in the Technical Agreement -to be signed together with the main agreement- the table of routes to be operated by the designated airlines and will specify the traffic rights with which the routes may be operated, being allowed the commercialization of code-sharing services.

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