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The Governments of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the United States of America have  resumed negotiations over the last two days  in Nassau  regarding the management of the sovereign airspace of The Bahamas.

Since 1952, a portion of the air traffic through the sovereign airspace of The Bahamas has been managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States.

Air traffic within sixty nautical miles of the Lynden Pindling International Airport and up to 12,000 feet has been managed by Bahamian air traffic controllers.

The purpose of the bilateral talks is to formalize the current arrangement with an agreement that would detail the conditions under which the FAA would continue to manage that portion of the sovereign airspace of The Bahamas presently under its control.

The agreement would detail the services that the FAA would continue to provide to ensure the safe and efficient management of aircraft that move through Bahamian airspace.

In order to invest in technological improvements in the management of air traffic within Bahamian airspace, the Government of The Bahamas has also decided to collect charges from airlines flying within the airspace, as is common practice throughout the world. 

Such charges are provided for in the Chicago Convention, and will be implemented in consultation with airspace users.  

Any fees collected will be used to pay for the provision of air navigation services, as well as to strengthen and upgrade the air navigation system throughout The Bahamas.

The Government of The Bahamas and the Government of the United States of America have always enjoyed excellent relations and it is expected, therefore, that these bilateral negotiations will progress in a friendly and cordial manner and will result in an agreement beneficial to both parties.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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