Curaçao signs operation of 7th freedom charter flights with the U.S.A.
WILLEMSTAD – The Director General of the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) confirmed to the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of International Aviation that it will consider applications made by U.S. carriers for the approval to operate charter flights to and from Curaçao in accordance with the provisions of the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The CCAA Director also indicated in his letter that Curaçao will in addition grant approval for designated U.S. carriers to operate 7thfreedom charter flights on the understanding that the U.S.A. would grant similar rights to designated Curaçao carriers in accordance with the Air Transport Agreement.
The 7thfreedom charter flights is the right to carry passengers or cargo between two foreign countries without any continuing service to one's own country.
The seventh freedom is rare because it is usually not in the commercial interest of airlines, except in Europe where an EU open skies has seen many carriers, particularly low cost carriers, operate flights between two points, with neither of them being in their home country. On 2 October 2007, the United Kingdom and Singapore signed an agreement that allowed unlimited seventh freedom rights from 30 March 2008.