Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Open Skies' Talks Stalled U.S. Walks out after Disappointing Offer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Open Skies' Talks Stalled U.S. Walks out after Disappointing Offer

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U.S. officials said Tuesday that they called off negotiations with Britain for a new "open skies" aviation agreement after receiving what they said was a disappointing offer from London.

The U.S. decision to call off talks scheduled for today and Thursday in Washington surprised London and cast doubt over a proposed alliance between British Airways and American Airlines.

"The U.K. proposal that was provided fell so far short of providing the essential elements of an open skies agreement, it did not provide the basis for discussion," U.S. Transportation Department spokesman Bill Mosley said.

He said that the two sides remained in touch and that the United States was ready to resume negotiations if "the basis for productive talks can be developed."

Another U.S. official said the ball was in Britain's court to resume talks on the open skies agreement.

"Our impression after reading their proposal is either they don't want an agreement or they don't want one soon," said a U. …

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