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United States and United Kingdom Open Skies Agreement Enters into Force

Friday, March 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – The United States and the United Kingdom yesterday completed an exchange of diplomatic notes that brings into force the Air Transport Agreement (the Agreement) between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  The United States and the United Kingdom signed the Agreement on November 10 and November 17, 2020, respectively, and began applying the terms of the Agreement on the basis of comity and reciprocity on January 1, 2021.

The entry into force of the Agreement cements it as the sole basis of U.S.-UK air transport relations.  The Agreement meets all the criteria of the U.S. Open-Skies policy and provides for new, additional traffic rights for U.S. all-cargo operations to and from the United Kingdom.  The Agreement also includes the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, expanding and modernizing our air transport relationship with those regions.