Where To, North America’s Approach To Open Skies?
As the originator of the swathe of open skies agreements in the 1990s and the early part of the 21st century, the US is a vital part of the modern liberal bilateral system. Now Brexit prompts a vital review of the North Atlantic multilateral agreement, while the US is seemingly wavering in its commitment to the principles of a laissez-faire international marketplace. Meanwhile Canada remains committed to its (dark) Blue Skies protectionist policy. In the wake of the US big three’s recent onslaught on the Gulf carriers, there is still a lack of clarity over the US position on liberal market access, a question made more poignant by the Trump administration’s attacks on free trade generally. However, some comfort can be drawn from Washington’s apparent reluctance to intervene in a protective way.
• How does the industry navigate the crossroad between trade and travel?
• Does the US big three vs ME3 white paper still have a role to play in the future of the region?
• Ownership and control limitations – encouraging investment into airlines and infrastructure
• Should antitrust immunity be expanded or contracted?