Air Transport Policy and Regulation
The objectives of ICAO’s air transport policy and regulation programme are to:
- reduce State’s costs in performing its economic regulatory functions
- increase consumer’s benefits and choices;
- improve air connectivity; and
- create more competitive business opportunities in the marketplace;
thereby contributing to the sustainable economic development and to the expansion of trade and tourism.
With the focus on liberalization of international air transport services, our major activities include:
- Harmonizing global regulatory framework by developing policies and guidance as those contained in the Policy Guidance on the Economic Regulation of International Air Transport (Doc 9587), Manual on the Regulation of International Air Transport (Doc 9626), and ICAO's Policies on Taxation in the Field of International Air Transport (Doc 8632);
- Serving as a global forum for cooperation and concerted actions, such as the sixth Worldwide Air Transport Conference on the Sustainability of Air Transport (ATConf/6, March 2013);
- Providing practical solutions to address challenges of emerging regulatory challenges of global importance, such as market access, air carrier ownership and control, consumer protection, fair competition, assurance of essential services, and trade in services;
- Enhancing transparency of air transport through dissemination and exchange of information on States’ policies and practices, air service agreements, taxes, and industry trends and developments; and
- Facilitating States' air services negotiations and business-to-business networking among States, international organizations, aviation industry, tourism and other stakeholders (see ICAO Air Services Negotiation (ICAN) event).