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Cablegate: Civ Air: Dipnote Authorizing New Route for Colombian Airline

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UNCLAS BOGOTA 003427

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAIR ETRD CO
SUBJECT: CIV AIR: DIPNOTE AUTHORIZING NEW ROUTE FOR COLOMBIAN AIRLINE
AIRES

1. (U) Colombia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered a
diplomatic note dated November 10 stating that Colombia's civil
aviation authority Aeronautica Civil (AeroCivil) has authorized
four new weekly frequencies for Colombian airline Aires between
Cali and Fort Lauderdale. A copy of the diplomatic note and
accompanying letter from AeroCivil has been emailed to DOT and
EEB/TRA/AN.

2. (U) BEGIN UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION OF DIPLOMATIC NOTE:

The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Colombia -- Office of
Territorial Sovereignty and Border Development -- sends its
greetings to the Honorable Embassy of the United States of America,
with the opportunity to pass along a communication from Aeronautica
Civil dated 8 October 2009.

We would appreciate it if the Embassy could send this communication
to the Department of Transportation, Office of Negotiations,
notifying Aeronautica Civil's authorization of service to the
airline "AIRES."

The Ministry of Foreign Relations, Office of Territorial
Sovereignty and Border Development, takes this opportunity to
reiterate to the United States Embassy the assurances of its
highest consideration.

END TEXT OF DIPLOMATIC NOTE.

3. (U) BEGIN TEXT OF UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION OF LETTER FROM
AERONAUTICA CIVIL:

October 9, 2009

Doctor Jaime Bermudez

Minister of Foreign Relations

RE: Designation of the Colombian airline AIRES

Dear Mr. Minister:

I most respectfully request that by means of a diplomatic note,
that the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in the United States
of America communicate to the Department of Transportation of the
United States, DOT (Office of Aviation Negotiations), that the
Colombian Aeronautical Authority has authorized the company "AIRES"
to provide the following service:

Type: Regular international air transport services for passengers,
mail, and cargo.

Routes: Cali-Fort Lauderdale-Cali

Frequencies: Four (4) weekly

Right of Way: Up to the fourth liberty

Aircraft: Boeing 737-700 or authorized aircraft under the
Specifications of Operations of the company.

I would also like to ask that the same diplomatic note indicate
that this designation is authorized under Article 3 and Annex 2 of
the Air Transportation Agreement of October 24, 1956, along with


its amendments and annexes, particularly as addressed in the last
amendment that went into effect via the exchange of notes on
September 28 and November 26, 2007.

Finally, I take this opportunity to reiterate the assurances of my
highest and most distinguished consideration.

Fernando Sanclemente

Director General

END TEXT.
BROWNFIELD

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