Tunis to Open Its Sky for European Airlines
Tunisia and the European Union will start talks in the few coming weeks on an Open-Sky agreement expected to create new destinations, more job opportunities, spur economic growth and reduce flights costs.
The two sides are expected to engage in several rounds of negotiations on the liberalization of the rules and regulations of the international commercial aviation industry before a reaching a final deal.
Tunisia is one of the EU’s major trading partners in the Mediterranean region. It was also the first Mediterranean country to sign an Association Agreement with the EU.
Air transport experts say there the deal will be beneficial for both sides and will offer consumers more travel opportunities and more direct connections. To avoid the market shocks or any eventual resistance from carriers, the agreement will be implemented gradually opening up and integrating the European and Tunisian skies and travel industry.
According to civil aviation professionals, the phased introduction of the Open-skies, to liberalize the EU-Tunisia air services, will enable carriers to prepare and brace for increased tough competition, brining a number of benefits to passengers with a convenient service.
Open Skies agreements is part of the liberalization of the air transportation and airline globalization. They ban the governments’ interference in the commercial decisions of air carriers about routes, capacity, and pricing, freeing carriers to provide more affordable air service for consumers.