Wednesday, October 2, 2013

■ ALGERIA: Austria, Algeria to renegotiate BASA in push to establish direct flights.

Algeria and Austria are set to commence negotiations over a proposed revision of their Bilateral Air Services Agreement signed in 1991, Austria's Ambassador to Algeria, Ms AloisiaWorgetter, announced on Sunday September 29. According to her, the direct air link will facilitate both increased travel and business between the two countries through the estbalishment of direct flights. At present, there are none.

"In a few weeks, Austria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Algerian authorities will start negotiations for the revision of the agreement on civil aviation in order to establish a direct air link between the two countries," the ambassador said on the sidelines of a meeting between the Austrian trade mission and various Algerian businessmen and industry leaders.

According to the Algerian Press Service, the President of the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACI), Tahar Khellil, underlined the "significant improvement" in the relations between Algeria and Austria, noting that the economic cooperation between the two countries is progressing in the right direction.

Meanwhile, Algiers has also lodged a request with Canadian authorities to increase Air Algérie's (AH) frequencies to Montreal to daily up from the current six weekly flights offered during the summer, and three flights per week in the low season.