Pictured from left to right: Charge d'affaires United States Embassy, John L. Armstrong; FAA official, Carey Fagan; Transport and Aviation Minister, Glenys Hanna-Martin; Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philip Davis; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Hope Strachan.
Nassau, Bahamas – Officials of the Governments of The Bahamas
and the United States of America (USA) met for the first time to discuss
matters relating to air space use. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of
Transport and Aviation represented the Bahamas Government. United States
Embassy Charge d’affaires, John L. Armstrong, and Carey Fagan of the Federal
Aviation Administration, represented the United States. The meeting was held on
March 26 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cable Beach.
Minister Hanna-Martin said the objective of the meeting was to
seek an agreement regarding the management of The Bahamas air space and a
redefinition of air space as it relates to the geographical reality of the
archipelago of The Bahamas.
“The management arrangement in the first instance we anticipate
lead inter alia to a sharing of revenues emanating from over flight fees and
the exemption of Bahamas registered aircraft flying in Bahamian air space from
the levying of such fees,” she said.
The meeting follows 10 years of discussions between The Bahamas
and the USA.