Ceremony to commemorate two international aviation agreements

The U.S. State Department will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first U.S. Open Skies agreement, which was signed with the Netherlands, and the 10th anniversary of the United States-European Union (EU) Open Skies agreement at a gathering July 10 in Washington, D.C. 

The international Open Skies accords permit airlines to deliver global services for passengers and cargo and render commercial decisions free of excessive regulatory activity.

Keynote speakers at the event will include Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Patricia Haslach, EUn Director General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei, and International Air Transport Association General Counsel Jeffrey Shane, a State Department release said.

Netherlands Ambassador to the U.S. Henne Schuwer will give closing remarks.

“Open Skies has vastly expanded flights to and from the United States, promoted increased travel and trade, and facilitated job creation and economic growth,” a State Department spokesperson said on the agency’s website.

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