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International aviation: Bangladesh

An EU Horizontal Aviation Agreement was initialled in February 2015 to restore legal certainty to the bilateral air services agreements between Bangladesh and 8 EU Member States. Both the EU and Bangladesh committed to conclude the respective internal process to allow for its signature as soon as possible.

The agreement will modernise the legal framework for air services between Bangladesh and the EU and establish for the first time a direct legal relationship between Bangladesh and the EU in the field of civil aviation. Most importantly, it will remove nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements between EU Member States and Bangladesh and therefore allows any EU airline to operate flights between Bangladesh and any EU Member State where it is established and where a bilateral agreement with Bangladesh exists and traffic rights are available.

The agreement constitutes an important step towards further strengthening the aviation relations between the EU and Bangladesh.