Air Transport World

The windy city gets more so.(convention on civil aviation, Chicago, IL)

Chicago--US Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater's ambitious attempt to replicate the 1944 Chicago Convention with an eye toward reshaping the international regulatory regime for the new millennium produced a lively discussion but little else of immediate importance.

With an attendance of nearly 1,000, including government officials from some 90 nations, the two-day conference (Dec. 6-7) had important mass. Opinion of most developed nations and their airlines was strongly in favor of a more-liberalized regime, with regional, multilateral and plurilateral agreements seen to be vastly superior approaches to regulation in the new century. Cargo carriers UPS and FedEx in particular pleaded to be used as liberalism test cases. …

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