For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 15, 2001
Poland: Open Skies
The United States and Poland will sign an Open Skies air transport
agreement on June 18, 2001. The accord demonstrates the
growing ties between the United States and Poland. It
provides a basis for the development of significant new commercial
opportunities for both counties and facilitates new cooperation between
U.S. and Polish airlines.
Compared to the existing agreement that was reached in 1988, the new
agreement represents a substantial expansion in air transport
opportunities for airlines of both countries. By the time
the agreement becomes fully effective in January 2004, U.S. airlines
will have access to all of Poland while Polish airlines will have
access to the entire United States. Last year, some 355,077
passengers traveled between the United States and Poland on the Polish
national airline, LOT. There will be no limits on frequency
or the number of flights.
Open Skies is the aviation regime that most benefits airlines, as well
as the traveling and shipping public in both Poland and in the United
States. Open Skies agreements liberalize bilateral aviation
relationships by allowing airlines to make commercial decisions with
minimal government intervention.
We hope that Poland will join us in supporting further aviation
liberalization throughout Europe and around the world. Open
Skies agreements provide for open routes, capacity, frequencies,
designations and pricing, as well as opportunities for cooperative
marketing arrangements, including codesharing and airline
alliances. An Open Skies regime offers the best environment
for developing markets to attract additional air services for the
benefit of travelers, shippers, tourism and the broader economies of
The U.S.-Poland Agreement includes all substantive provisions of the
U.S. Open Skies model text, including open route rights, unrestricted
capacity and frequency, double-disapproval pricing, liberal charter
arrangements, open code-sharing opportunities and self-handling
provisions. A transitional annex limits, until January 1,
2004, certain groundhandling and route rights.
The Agreement is our nineteenth Open Skies air transport agreement with
a European country, and our sixth with an EU candidate country.