Bahamas Tourism & Aviation Minister attends air services meeting in Nairobi

Published on : Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar led a delegation attending negotiations on air services in Nairobi, Kenya, 10-14 December 2018.


Other members of the delegation were Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Captain Charles Beneby, Director General of the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority, Juliea Brathwaite-Rolle, Manager of Safety Oversight of the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority and Shane Miller, Assistant Director of Legal Affairs of the Office of the Attorney General.


The Bahamas conducted some 24 meetings over the five day period, where Minister D’Aguilar signed ten Air Services Agreements (ASAs) and seven Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) during the meeting.


Minister D’Aguilar expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of meetings, pointing out that these agreements pave the way for future economic growth and stimulus through the aviation sector. More specifically, he said, attending this conference and signing these agreements is an efficient and cost-effective way to facilitate the commencement of air service to The Bahamas, by airlines domiciled in the countries with whom the agreements were signed.


Amongst the MOUs signed in Nairobi were one with the Government of Turkey designating Turkish Airlines to fly officially to The Bahamas and a code-share with the Netherlands.


This was the 11th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s negotiating event, ICAN 2018.  ICAN provides States with a central meeting place to conduct multiple bilateral (regional or plurilateral) air services negotiations or consultations. Since its inception, it has served as an efficient platform for conducting air service negotiations. So far more than a total of 142 States have participated in and benefited from ICAN at least once.

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