The European Union (EU) has concluded a new set of negotiations with the Tunisian Government for the development of a futuristic aviation agreement.
The agreement is expected to provide additional market access for airlines as well as offer improved connectivity, more choice and reduced fares for travellers.
Negotiated by the European Commission as part of its Aviation Strategy for Europe, the agreement also seeks to bring another 800,000 passengers to Tunisia over a period of five years.
The deal could further generate a GDP growth of 2.7% from travel and tourism, and increase annual traffic by up to 13% every year.
It will also help establish a common regulatory framework for aviation safety and security, among others.
EU Transport commissioner Violeta Bulc said: “Today, we are not only delivering on the EU’s aviation strategy, we are also taking our relations with Tunisia to new heights.
“This far-reaching aviation agreement will improve market access and contribute to the highest safety, security and environmental standards.”
Both the EU and Tunisia have agreed to sign the agreement after completing their respective internal procedures.
The EU is currently discussing new aviation agreements with the Association of South-East Asian Nationals (ASEAN), Qatar, Tunisia and Turkey.
Following the completion of the signing, more than 75% of all passengers flying in and out of the EU, or more than 240 million passengers per annum are expected to be covered by EU-level aviation agreements.
The EU has already negotiated the agreements with its partner nations, including the US, Canada, Morocco, Jordan, Western Balk.