South Africa Bilateral Air Service Agreements

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The last consultations between the authorities of the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zambia took place on 4 March 2011 in Lusaka, Zambia. During this round of consultations, the parties agreed to depart from a restrictive framework, seat capacity, uniform airline designation and a restrictive route plan. As a result, the parties agreed on a liberal agreement based on the fundamental principles of the Yamoussoukro decision, which includes an unlimited number of frequencies, intra-African open traffic rights of the 5th freedom. The Yamoussoukro decision concerns the liberalisation of access to air transport markets in Africa, adopted by the Heads of State and Government in Lomé (Togo) on 12 July 2000. The agreement will continue to have a positive effect on economic growth, in line with the National Development Plan. The bilateral air services agreement was signed at the International Air Transport Negotiations Conference (ICAN 2013), held in Durban, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The conference organized by South Africa under the aegis of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) began on Monday, December 9 and ends on Friday, December 13, 2013. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters yesterday signed a bilateral air transport agreement in Tshwane, Pretoria, along with her counterpart, the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Yamaha Mukanga. This agreement between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zambia will create the conditions for the emergence of viable, high-quality African air traffic that meets the continent`s integration needs, improved connectivity, intra-African trade and tourism.

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