Rwandair and Ethiopian Airline sign open skies agreement
Rwanda and Ethiopia have signed an air service agreement, where the two countries agreed to open their airspace allowing their national carriers to operate without restrictions.
According to the agreement, signed between the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA) and Ethiopia Civil Aviation Authority, all air service operations will be conducted under the fifth freedom arrangement.
The fifth freedom means an airline has the right to carry passengers from one country to another and from that country to a third country. This means that RwandAir can now fly to Addis Ababa without any limitations, Silas Udahemuka, the RCAA director general, said.
“The exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights beyond Africa shall be subject to approval of the aeronautical authorities up on request submitted through diplomatic channel,” the agreement indicates.
Under the deal, the two airlines parties can operate unlimited frequencies per week for both passenger and cargo services.
The deal covers the national carriers of the two countries – RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines, as the only designated airlines to benefit from the agreement.
Rwandair and Ethiopian Airlines will now be able to fly without restriction in Ethiopia and Rwanda after the two countries signed an open skies agreement last week.