Rwanda and Ethiopia have entered an aviation service agreement that opens the air spaces of the two countries allowing their national carriers to operate without any restrictions.
Based on the agreement that the two countries have signed, the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA) and Ethiopia Civil Aviation Authority, all air service operations will be conducted under the fifth freedom arrangement.
The RCAA director general Silas Udahemuka said, the fifth freedom means an airline has the right to carry passengers from one country to another and from that country to a third country. This means that RwandAir can now fly to Addis Ababa without any limitations.
“The exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights beyond Africa shall be subject to approval of the aeronautical authorities up on request submitted through diplomatic channel,” the agreement indicates.
The agreement allows for the airlines of the two countries to operate per week with unlimited frequencies for passengers and also cargo. The deal is limited only to the national carriers of the two countries that are RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines.
Based on the agreement there is to be a tax exemption from both countries to the chosen national carriers for the revenues that will be gained from international air services.
Rwanda has made this step towards the liberalization its air space with 37 other African states. This includes countries in the Northern corridor agreement that is Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan which have also liberalized their air spaces.