U.S. and Nigeria Implement Open Skies Agreement 

U.S. & Nigeria Open Skies pact takes effect May 13, 2024.

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The United States Department of State (DOS) announced the full implementation of the U.S.-Nigeria Air Transport Agreement. 

This bilateral agreement officially took effect on May 13, 2024, replacing a provisional agreement in place since 2000.

U.S. DOS emphasised its commitment to maintaining high aviation safety and security standards as outlined in the agreement with Nigeria, aligning with the U.S. Open Skies international aviation policy.


US-Nigeria Air Transport Agreement

More Flights and Routes: Airlines from both countries will have greater freedom to operate flights, with relaxed restrictions on capacity and frequency. This means there is potential for more flights between the U.S. and Nigeria, increasing options and affordability.

Charter Freedom: The agreement simplifies the process for charter flights, offering more options for business travel and special occasions.

Code-Sharing Opportunities: Airlines from both countries can now partner on flights, potentially offering passengers varied travel options and seamless connections.

In a statement on May 16, 2024, the U.S. DOS said:

“This agreement with Nigeria is a step forward in liberalising the international civil aviation sector in Africa and further expands our strong economic and commercial partnership, promotes people-to-people ties, and creates new opportunities for airlines, travel companies, and customers.”