Panama and Colombia Expand Air Cargo Services

The aeronautical authorities of Colombia and Panama have recently managed to sign an aviation agreement, exclusively for cargo planes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

From a press release from the Civil Aviation Authority in Panama:

The Civil Aviation Authorities of Panama and Colombia, held a bilateral meeting to consider extending the Memorandum of Understanding of February 18, 2010, regarding the services exclusively for cargo.

These talks were held at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation Authority of Panama, under a frank and cordial atmosphere.

The delegations were led by the Director General of the CAA of Panama, Cap. Rafael Barcenas, and the Director General of Civil Aviation of Colombia, Dr. Santiago Castro Gómez.
The meeting also was attended by several representatives of the air cargo sector from both countries.

At the end of the discussions it was agreed that exclusive cargo flights will operate on multiple designations, without limitations on frequency or equipment, with traffic rights of up to fifth freedom in the continent of America.

It was also agreed that airlines from both parties may exercise sixth freedom rights, as established by parameters for flexible schedules and procedures for the simplification of granting authorizations.

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