POND ISLAND--The United States and St. Maarten signed a modernised bilateral open skies agreement that will continue to foster opportunities for air travel and commerce between the two countries.

This agreement modernises the US-St. Maarten relationship by reducing administrative burdens on carriers and governments, clarifying route rights and reaffirming mutual adherence to international safety and security standards.

The agreement, signed by US Consul General and Chief of Mission Margaret Hawthorne and Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher, will enter into force after the two countries exchange diplomatic notes to confirm they have completed all necessary domestic procedures to adopt it.

The modernized agreement strengthens the partnership and economic ties between the United States and Sint Maarten. It continues to preserve commercial opportunities and travel options for airlines, travellers, businesses, airports and localities, with unrestricted market access for passenger and cargo flights between the two countries and beyond. In doing so, the new agreement will continue to facilitate future travel and commerce between the United States and St. Maarten.

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