The Acting Permanent Secretary of the Civil Aviation Authority in Sierra Leone David Wayland Banya on Wednesday signed a memorandum of Understanding in Dubai with the Director General of the GCAA Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi agreeing that any number of designated airlines by both parties will have the rights to perform scheduled air services.
The agreement allows unrestricted frequencies, capacity and types of aircraft, whether owned or leased, to be operated by the designated airlines of each country in any type of service (passenger or cargo) on the routes between the UAE and Sierra Leone. The agreement also includes, in addition to the third and fourth freedoms, the exercise of full fifth freedom traffic rights on all points without any restriction while operating any type of services. Both parties also agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled operations between the two countries and to allow code sharing arrangements between their respective airlines and between their respective airlines and third country airlines.The UAE delegation designated Etihad Airways, Emirates, RAK Airways, Air Arabia and flydubai as UAE national airlines under the agreement. Sierra Leone will designate its airlines in due course.
Representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline attended the negotiations.