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U.S.-EU Expand Open Skies Accord

ATLANTA—An aviation agreement that allows airlines to operate flights more freely between the U.S. and Europe is being expanded to include more cooperation between the countries on security and ease of travel.

The Department of Transportation said Thursday the U.S. and European Union agreed to affirm that the terms of the 2007 pact will remain in place indefinitely.

The new agreement also deepens U.S.-EU cooperation on safety and competition, provides greater protections for U.S. carriers from local restrictions on night flights at European airports, and it includes an article on the importance of high labor standards in the airline industry.

DOT did not immediately provide details of the night flights issue or the labor article.

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