Tunisia needs to launch the “Open Skies” Treaty with Europe with the aim to boost its economy, create a new economic climate, support the economy and give real opportunities, Premier Youssed Chahed told media after meeting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last Friday in Tunis.
The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) threatened to go on strikes if the deal is launched, fearing the fall of the Tunisian National Carrier Tunisair.
According to officials in Tunisia, the “Open Skies” Treaty will help provide thousands of jobs and bolster the tourism sector.
Tunisia and the EU had already agreed on last December to open all Tunisian airports except Tunis Carthage international airport, the main airport to foreign carriers, and Tunis airport will follow after four years. They need to finalise the agreement.