UK, Zambia enter into air agreement


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UK, Zambia enter into air agreement

Zambia and the United Kingdom have signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement to allow European and Southern African airlines to enter their respective markets without restrictions. Zambian Minister of Communication and Transport, Sara Sayifwanda, said here the agreement was prompted by the British government’s request to oblige with the change in European Community’s legal provisions concerning the designation of airlines in bilateral arrangements. She explained that the negotiations between the two countries took nearly four years. “The British government had requested the Zambian government to accept the non-discriminatory clause as contained in the European Union regulations,” Sayifwanda was quoted as saying Thursday by the state-owned Zambia Daily Mail. She said the government wished to reach a reciprocal arrangement that would permit the designation of any airline from a member state of the Southern African development Community. British High Commissioner to Zambia, Alistair Harrison, said the latest agreement replaced the one signed in 1968 and allowed for any European and Southern African airline to enter the UK or Zambian without restrictions.

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