U.S. and Australia consider open-skies agreement

Open skies could be on the horizon for airlines serving the U.S.-Australia market.

Negotiators for the two countries agreed during two days of talks in San Francisco to implement an open-skies regime for air cargo service.

They also agreed to continue talks next year on an open regime for passenger service.

Typically, open skies means two governments agree to allow any number of each other's airlines to fly between their two countries, with no restrictions on routes, fares or frequencies.

The U.S. has negotiated a number of such arrangements with European trading partners, but progress has been slower in the Pacific.

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