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Luxembourg, Kazakhstan Sign Aviation MoU

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

27 November 2012

Luxembourg's Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Claude Wiseler and Kazakhstan's Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Azat Bekturov have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to facilitate the development of aviation activities between the two countries.

According to the Luxembourg government, recent negotiations held between Luxembourg and Kazakhstan delegations culminated in the signing of the aviation agreement, to formalize the framework for aviation relations between the two countries.

The MoU confirms the arrangements for airline companies of both countries to operate up to seven passenger or cargo services per week between Luxembourg and Kazakhstan destinations. The MoU also confirms the granting of fifth freedom traffic rights for routes to Kazakhstan, enabling Cargolux to commercialize its stopovers on flights to or from Kazakhstan.

Furthermore, the concluded arrangement provides for both parties to carry out technical stops without restriction. Given the size and geographical location of Kazakhstan, this constitutes an "interesting asset" for operating cargo flights between Luxembourg and Asia, the Luxembourg government emphasizes.

The government points out that Cargolux currently operates two flights per week to Kazakhstan, noting that this market presents "interesting potential," particularly in the area of cargo.

Concluding, the Luxembourg government explains that it was also agreed to increase cooperation in the field of civil aviation, allowing for example personnel of the Kazakhstan aeronautical authorities to participate in training 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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