The Agreement was initialed by Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Alecos Michaelides, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Works of Cyprus.
Representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline attended the negotiations.
The two delegations agreed that any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services. The UAE delegation designated Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the Agreement. The Cyprus Delegation designated Cyprus Airways.
The MoU allows full flexibility on the routes, capacity, number of frequencies and types of aircraft, in any type of service (passenger or cargo). In addition, both Parties agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled operations between the two countries.
The UAE now has air services agreements with over 150 countries, of which 118 are open skies or fully liberal arrangements.