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Luxembourg, Gabon Ink Aviation Accord

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

03 December 2012

Luxembourg’s Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Claude Wiseler and Gabon’s minister responsible for civil aviation Emmanuel Jean Didier Biye have recently signed an agreement relating to air transport services, designed to facilitate the development of aviation activities between the two countries.

According to the Luxembourg government, Luxembourg and Gabon delegations united on plans during negotiations in Libreville on October 2 and 3 to replace the existing agreement dating from 1972 with a new agreement, as several provisions no longer corresponded to current market realities.

The swift signing of the agreement serves to underline the importance that both parties attach to the accord, which, it is hoped, will give a new boost to economic and commercial relations between Luxembourg and Gabon, the Luxembourg government said.

The agreement will enable Cargolux, which has operated two flights per week to Gabon since the end of 2007 on the basis of permits requested for each flight, to operate on a more secure legal basis without any administrative barriers. Cargolux will have the right to land in Gabon.

To respond to the ever-increasing freight volume, the two parties also agreed to allow the respective airline companies three services per week. Gabon and Luxembourg are to discuss the granting of traffic rights during upcoming negotiations, which would enable Cargolux to extend its network in Africa to connect Libreville directly to Brazzaville, Kinshasa, Lagos and Johannesburg.

Both parties also agreed to begin cooperation in the area of security training and aviation safety, organized by the Luxembourg Agency for Aviation Safety.

Based in Luxembourg, Cargolux is one of the leading suppliers of worldwide scheduled and charter air cargo services. The company is currently the seventh largest cargo carrier worldwide and the biggest all-cargo carrier in Europe.

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