Competition and Innovation in Air Transport

  • Ruwantissa Abeyratne


Air transport is a different animal from other aspects of trade, in that it is circumscribed by the need for airlines to obtain permission of the grantor State to obtain market access. In this context, how does one approach market access in the coming decades. At the most fundamental level, the advantages of free trade as would apply to air transport would be that it would encourage States to trade freely with their trading partners which would in turn help in the growth of the global economy; it would give the consumer a better choice of products and competition generated by free trade would bring down the price of the product. Arguments against free trade in air transport would be that globalization and liberalization will take jobs away from a State; the limit of imports would keep money in the State; free trade could be a threat to national security and a State could develop dependence on the expertise of other more advanced States. Free trade increases national wealth and promotes foreign investment, both of which are absent in the present structure of market access in many States.


Dispute Settlement International Civil Aviation Organization Predatory Price Disruptive Innovation Civil Aircraft 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruwantissa Abeyratne
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  1. 1.Global Aviation Consultancies Inc.MontrealCanada

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