Air Transport World

Break.(Brief Article)

The push to reduce barriers to international competition is approaching a natural pause as US national elections near, a break that will allow the sorting out and maturing of positions on numerous background issues.

As was made clear by the DOT-sponsored ministerial meeting in Chicago, Beyond Open Skies, the impulse to open the door to competition is widespread. However, the number of approaches to the issue seem as numerous as the number of entities involved in the discussion. The involvement of the EU complicates the process, with its own jurisdictional disputes further deepened by Portugal's subsequent acceptance of open skies.

Even so, the EU, represented by VP and Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio, backed the aggressive plan proposed by AEA for a Transatlantic Common Aviation Area, a proposal filled with both promise and trouble. …

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