This 4 day course is an expanded version of the regular 2,5 day course. It explains the system of international civil aviation from how it developed to what it is today.
The course describes the present responsibilities and activities of national governments (on behalf of their national airlines), of ICAO and, in particular of the European Union in the field of international aviation. It reviews in some detail the relevant laws/regulations, policies and practices of the stakeholders concerned.
Particular attention is paid to the Chicago Convention, the role of ICAO and a review of the liability conventions it helped to develop. An analysis of the system and contents of bilateral agreements, US initiatives to modernize the economic regulation of international air transport (Open Skies) and its approach to airline alliances and, finally, the ambitious and wide-ranging regulatory and policy actions of the EU, including the landmark EU – US air transport agreement, will be addressed.
Please note that this course deals primarily with the economic regulation of international air transport; it does not address operational/safety/licensing and/or other technical regulations or procedures.
Part I The Chicago Convention System
a. The Chicago Convention of 1944:
b. ICAO – today’s tasks & responsibilities:
c. Economic regulation of international air transport:
Part II Bilateral air transport agreements – commercial, political & ‘technical’ aspects
Part III EU (economic) regulation of air transport
PART III EU (economic) regulation of air transport (cont’d)
Part IV US deregulation
Part V EU aviation relations with 3rd countries
After completion of the course the successful participant should have a clear understanding of the way in which the regulatory system of international civil aviation has developed to what it is today, of the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders, such as national governments, airlines, international organizations (ICAO, EU) and airports, of the background and contents of bilateral and multilateral air transport agreements, and of relevant regulatory activities of ICAO and the EU.
The participant will also have a clear idea of the application of antitrust law (US) and competition law (EU) to international air transport, in particular alliances & mergers, and of the EU regulations, policies and practices in the field of passenger rights, slots etc. and, finally, of EU agreements & relations with 3rd countries, in particular with the US.
Civil servants and (senior) managers of civil aviation administrations and airlines/airports with (future) responsibilities for – or interest in – regulatory or government & industry affairs and bilateral and multilateral aviation relations.
(Some) practical experience in the field of international aviation and/or knowledge of international law/relations is desirable but not essential.