1. PREVIEW


1.1 Background to and experience of liberalization: Basic concept and approaches; issues in regulation and commercialization of air carriers, airports and air navigation service providers; benefits and drawbacks; influence of broader regulatory environment including trade, fiscal, competition, social and labour policies.

1.2 Safety and security aspects of liberalization: Safety and security implications of commercialization, outsourcing and transnational commercial arrangements.

2. EXAMINATION OF KEY REGULATORY ISSUES IN LIBERALIZATION


2.1 Air carrier ownership and control: Alternative criteria for designation and authorization; inward (foreign) investment; right of establishment; nationality of aircraft.

2.2 Market access: Traffic rights (primarily beyond third and fourth freedoms but including, for example, routing and operational flexibility); capacity/frequency; airport access and slot allocation; airline alliances, codesharing and franchising; leasing; specific aspects relating to air cargo and express services and to intermodal transport.

2.3 Fair competition and safeguards: Safeguards against anti-competitive practices (such as in pricing, capacity provision, sales and marketing); application of competition laws/policies (including implications for multilateral cooperative arrangements amongst air carriers); sustainability of air carriers and assurance of service (including provision of State aid); preferential measures for, and effective participation of, developing countries.

2.4 Consumer interests: Consumer rights and obligations (including conditions of carriage); measures to safeguard consumer interests.

2.5 Product distribution: Commercial presence; electronic business to customer (B2C) commerce (including computer reservation systems and the Internet).

2.6 Dispute resolution: Alternative dispute settlement mechanisms and their inter-relationship (in the context of bilateral, regional or multilateral arrangements).

2.7 Transparency: Registration of agreements/arrangements (including obligations under Article 83 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation) and access to information.

3. REVIEW OF TEMPLATE AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT


3.1 Comprehensive template air services agreement containing alternative approaches for discretionary use by States (selectively or in full) in a bilateral, regional or multilateral context.

4. CONSIDERATION OF GLOBAL FRAMEWORK FOR ONGOING LIBERALIZATION

 
4.1 Mechanisms to facilitate further liberalization: Role and future work programme of ICAO; relations with other international organizations (multilateral and regional, governmental and non-governmental).
 
4.2 Declaration of global principles for international air transport: Adoption of a declaration based on a draft text prepared in advance, but taking into account discussions on all above Agenda items.
 
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