News Jun 24, 2011

Iceland joines EU-US Open Skies Deal

Under the deal, airlines in non-EU members Norway and Iceland will be able to fly to the United States from anywhere in the 27-nation EU rather than just from domestic airports.

And EU carriers, for instance, will be able to open routes to the United States from Oslo or Reykjavik.

“Joining this agreement is…in line with our policy to open up markets and create a level playing field,” Norwegian Transport Minister Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa told Reuters.

She said it would help harmonize regulations on both sides of the Atlantic and bring about safer travel.

A half-yearly meeting of European and U.S. officials on Wednesday in Oslo is set to discuss a dispute about EU plans to widen penalties for carbon emissions to aviation from January 1, 2012, to help slow global warming.

Read more here.