The Department of Civil Aviation of Aruba and the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom signed the MoU. This agreement regulates civil aviation rights for airlines for the route between Aruba and the UK and vice versa.
The agreement is based on the open skies principle, a liberal policy with no restrictions or limitations about the capacity or frequency of flights. It is the most effective policy to maximize airlift, which is very important for tourism in Aruba. The signed MoU opens doors for direct flights between the UK and Aruba. The first direct flight from the UK to Aruba will be on March 26, 2023, when British Airways will initiate their new route from London Gatwick to Aruba.
Following the bilateral agreement, the UK authorities will initiate the process to convert this MOU into a treaty.
This MoU is in synch with the Ministry of Tourism's strategic plans to expand Aruba's Civil Aviation bilateral agreement infrastructure to increase airlift and create more connections to Aruba, generating and stimulating more economic activity in Aruba.