International Air Service Agreements

Air agreements between Member States and third countries In most cases, air services are exempt from US trade agreements. When air services are included, their coverage is very limited. In this case, the International Aviation Office cooperates with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Department of State to ensure that these provisions are consistent with United States aviation policy. In the General Agreement on Tariffs for Services (GATS), the Annex on Air Transport explicitly limits the scope of air services only to the repair and maintenance of aircraft, computerised reservation systems, and the sale and marketing of air transport. Under our bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs), air service coverage is limited to aircraft repair and maintenance as well as special air services. For more information, please contact us. The bilateral system is based on the Chicago Convention and related multilateral treaties. The Chicago Convention was signed in December 1944 and has regulated international air transport ever since. The Convention also contains a number of annexes covering issues such as aviation security, security oversight, airworthiness, navigation, environmental protection and facilitation (acceleration and departure at airports). The Australian government is putting in place a bilateral air services negotiation programme to strengthen our airlines` access to the world and allow foreign airlines to improve their access to Australia. Bilateral air services agreements contain provisions on: Air Agreements (SAAs) are formal agreements between countries – accompanying memoranda of understanding (MoU) and diplomatic exchange notes. It is not mandatory to have an ASA for the operation of international services, but cases where there are services without a contract are rare.

After the war, when many nations fought to rebuild their destroyed economies, it is easy to see why protectionist elements were incorporated into the drafting of the Chicago Convention. The Treaty has determined that no scheduled international air service may be provided over or to the territory of a State Party without the express authorization of that State Party. Commission Decision authorising standard clauses for inclusion in bilateral air services agreements between Member States and third countries, established jointly by the Commission and the Member States An Air Services Agreement (sometimes referred to as an Air Services Agreement, or ATA or ASA) is a bilateral agreement that allows international commercial air services between signatories. The Chicago Convention laid down the rules under which international carriage by air operates. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was also established, the United Nations Organization responsible for the planning and development of international air transport. . . .