Antigua and Barbuda and Germany sign Air Transport Agreement

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The Governments of Antigua and Barbuda and Germany today signed an air transport
agreement aimed at establishing the legal framework for air services between and beyond the countries.

The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in St Johns by Sir Robin Yearwood, Minister of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation, Transportation and Energy and
Germany’s ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Her Excellency Ambassador Ute Konig.

Speaking during the signing ceremony Sir Robin noted that the agreement, the first between Germany and an OECS State, established a modern liberalized commercial regime for airlines of both countries to operate within, while also ensuring that the highest standards of international aviation safety and security were maintained.

He indicated that the agreement paved the way for the return of German airlines such as Condor to the Antigua and Barbuda market following the disruptions caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Ambassador Konig indicated her country’s continuing commitment to development of
international aviation and noted the traditionally strong presence of German tourists in the
Caribbean market.

This had been adversely affected by the COVID19 pandemic but there was already some growth in the market and there were expectations that notwithstanding the current problems facing the German and European economies that there would be a
resurgence in travel to the Caribbean.

Negotiations for the air transport agreement were negotiated virtually by representatives of
Antigua and Barbuda and Germany over the past three years.

 

Minister of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation, Transport and Energy Signing of the Antigua and Barbuda – Germany Air Services Agreement Tuesday 6th December 2022

 

  • Your Excellency Ambassador Ute Konig, Ambassador of Germany to Antigua and Barbuda
  • Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation
  • Members of the Press

It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to today’s signing of this landmark aviation agreement between Antigua and Barbuda and Germany.

I believe that this may be the first such agreement between Germany and any of the OECS countries.

Both our countries have enjoyed warm and mutually beneficial relationships over the years and today’s signing is yet another step in that direction.

Antigua and Barbuda is particularly pleased to sign this agreement.

Tourism is the lifeblood of our economy, and we see this agreement as establishing the regulatory framework for strengthening the tourism flows between Europe and the eastern Caribbean using Germany and Antigua as gateways in both directions.

We know that Germany is one of the world’s strongest and most resilient economies, and that Germans love to travel, so we look forward to an expansion of the opportunities for further growth in tourism, as well as trade, between us.

This would not be a new development as for many years Condor provided weekly direct services between Germany and Antigua, andwe look forward to a resumption and indeed expansion of such services in the near future.

In earlier years BWIA, now Caribbean Airlines, also provided a link between the two markets.

This new agreement reflects all the modern policies and measures protecting international civil aviation safety and security as well as providing a liberalized commercial framework for designated airlines of both countries to operate within.

I am optimistic that the agreement will further advance Antigua and Barbuda’s role as a center for aviation in the eastern Caribbean.

I thank you Ambassador for your embassy’s role in facilitating today’s signing.

I know that intra-Caribbean travel is now a very difficult task, something which the government of Antigua and Barbuda is working hard to resolve, so we are appreciative of your efforts to join us here today from your base in Trinidad.

I hope that in addition to your official duties you will be able to find the time to enjoy some of our many natural, historical, culinary and other attractions.

Thank you.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. This must be music to Robin Yearwood’s daughter’s ears, who – I still can’t believe – is still head of our Immigration Department.

    ANY UPDATES ON THE OTHER MISSING ILLEGALS MS YEARWOOD? HELLO, HELLO … ARE YOU LISTENING 👂

    Expect more fake passengers without accommodation, and also without sufficient funds to survive in Antigua, and then watch them disappear into the ether … AGAIN!

    Mi ah tell you again, nepotism and cronyism will NEVER work in the public sector without the correct and proper checks and balances!

    • I am sure the German flights will be full of poor Germans coming from the biggest economy in Europe looking for a job in antigua (and staying Illegal at Sandals) smh…

  2. Antigua and Barbuda is truly becoming a recognized international paradise. We welcome all to our twin island nation.
    Cheers

  3. What happened with Antigua Airways? Where are they? Did they find the missing Nigerians that were brought here? The pregnant one still here?

    What kind of government does this kind of shit? Oh that would be All Bullshit Lying Politicians ABLP headed by Gaston Browne.

    How much money the minister of finance lose now? Hope he bruk and desperate. That might explain why he nar call elections now.

    People starving.
    Pensioners not getting paid.
    LIAT x employees not getting paid.
    Carnival winners only get an empty envelope.
    Govt workers not getting paid.
    Land grab a go arn like it out a style.
    Minister competing with local farmers.
    Mehul Choksi was human trafficked to Dominica.
    Nigel Christian murder being kept under wraps by those in power.

    And worse yet every current minister not starving. They make sure they getting paid first. Nobody robbing them but they robbing us every way they can. They have plenty food on their tables for their families but we have to choose between paying other bills or eating.

    When election time come, vote accordingly.

    ABLP dead.

  4. I would have preferred LUFTHANSA AIRLINES coming to Antigua. That would bring actual money spending people to Antigua. The DR signed LUFTHANSA 25 years ago and now Gernans are their #1 tourist base. By way why isn’t AIR FRANCE making trips to Antigua?

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