Jamaica and the USA have signed an agreement amending an air transport accord made in 2008 which prevented new freighter services, according to the Jamaica Observer.
The amendment the publication reports includes the “seventh-freedom rights” for all-cargo operations, effective as of the date of signing, which permits flights between a second and third country without touching the carrier’s home country.
The State Department of Jamaica is quoted in the article as saying these right “facilitate the efficient and cost-effective movement of goods, strengthen global express delivery cargo networks, enhance connectivity and competitiveness, and promote economic growth”.
The fresh Open Skies Air Transport Agreement between Jamaica and the USA, the Department added, removes government intervention in commercial airline decisions about routes, capacity and pricing.
The amended agreement was reportedly signed on Thursday by US Chargé d’ Affaires Eric Khant and Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague.