Air Transport World

Groundwork.(US, EU air negotiations)(Editorial)

To get to where the global aviation community must go, the current talks between the EU and US must succeed. It is not hyperbole to say that this is the most important international air negotiation since the 1944 Chicago Convention created the regime we all now recognize as the status quo. In its early years this regime served the industry and the world well, but now it needs to be replaced.

The goals of the North Atlantic talks are slightly more modest on their face, but the commercial and political clout of the US and the EU mean that the product of the talks likely will become the baseline regime around the world, changing the essence of international aviation. As one participant said, "This is serious stuff." US carriers need to start their groundwork now to make these changes possible. …

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