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Disabled air passengers to get more rights

Air passengers with disabilities will soon be more granted more rights and better access based on an agreement between the European Union and Switzerland.

The accord between the EU's aviation committee and the Federal Aviation Office was announced on Wednesday. Airports will have until November 2009 to implement necessary changes.

The Swiss delegation reiterated calls for a further liberalisation of the commercial aviation market allowing Swiss carriers to fly point-to-point routes within a EU country.

The Federal Aviation Office said Brussels' response to the request had been generally positive and it was conceivable that negotiations could begin next year.

A recent study found commercial air traffic between Switzerland and EU member states would not be adversely affected by a liberalised private aviation market.