US DoT invites carriers to apply for Samoa operating approvals following its withdrawal from MALIAT

    US Department of Transportation issued (15-Mar-2019) a notice advising US carriers holding blanket open-skies route authority that Samoa will be removed from the Department of Transportation’s list of Open Skies Agreements ‘Currently Being Applied’, effective 09-Jul-2019. This notice invites carriers seeking to provide scheduled foreign air transportation to Samoa after that date to file applications for exemption authority. On 09-Mar-2019, Samoa withdrew as a party to the Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT), ending its open-skies relationship with the US as a multilateral partner. On 11-Mar-2019, the US DoT issued a notice stating it will remove Samoa from its list of Open Skies Agreements Currently Being Applied.