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Cablegate: New Director General of Civair "Intends" To

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS MADRID 001905

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

EB/TRA/OTP FOR MEGAN WALKLET
EB/TRA/AN FOR JOE YOUNG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAIR SP
SUBJECT: NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CIVAIR "INTENDS" TO
ESTABLISH BILATERAL OPEN SKIES RELATIONSHIP

REF: A. SECSTATE 91041

B. MADRID 1833

1. We sent reftel A talking points in a letter welcoming
Spain,s new Director General of Civil Aviation Manuel
Bautista Perez and requesting an introductory appointment.
To our surprise, Bautista responded notifying us of the GOS's
"intent" to establish an open skies relationship.

2. An informal translation of the relevant paragraphs follow:

Begin informal translation:
As you already know, Spain actively takes part in the (US-EU)
negotiations that are being held, and has supported with
determination the work directed at reaching greater
cooperation in competitive matters, common regulation and
progressive market access liberalization for the companies of
both parties.

On the other hand, and as it was declared in previous
occasions to the Embassy as well as to representatives of the
Department of State and Department of Transportation of the
United States, Spain has the intention of establishing an
open skies relationship with the United States which permits
resolution, as soon as possible, of the current disadvantaged
situation of Spanish companies compared with companies of
other Member States that have concluded open skies agreements
with the U.S.

End Translation

3. Bautista also promised to contact us "as soon as
possible" to set up a meeting. We will clarify with him
Spain's willingness to enter into bilateral open skies
negotiations.

4. Comment: The GOS has expressed concern several times
before about the unequal status of Spanish airlines compared
with airlines of member states with open skies agreements
(see ref B). But this is the first time the GOS has
expressed an "intention of establishing an open skies
relationship" that is not contingent upon the consent of
Brussels. We will seek more detail about GOS plans when we
meet with Bautista. End Comment.
ARGYROS

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