The role of air transport regulation in developing an economically viable civil aviation system

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The economic development of air transport has been a key ICAO priority since the establishment of the Organization in 1944.

A sound and economically viable civil aviation system generates wealth, employment and numerous socio-economic benefits through its own activities, supply chains and a wide spectrum of other economic activities, in particular trade and tourism.

It would also feed into aviation re-investment and support a sustainable and healthy cycle of aviation and economic development.

To foster the development of a sound and economically viable civil aviation system, robust air transport policy and regulations are required.

These reduce States’ costs in performing economic regulatory functions, improve air connectivity, create more competitive business opportunities in the marketplace and increase consumers’ benefits and choices.

Stemming from these aims and objectives, ICAO developed policies and guidance on air transport policy and regulation, which include policies on charges and taxation, guidance on national, bilateral and multilateral regulation, market access, airline ownership and control, trade in services and the economic oversight of airports.

ICAO Member States are encouraged to ensure their national regulations on air transport reflect and complement these policies and guidance.

To support these efforts we developed the Air Transport Regulation and Air Transport Regulation Issues online courses to help participants understand, interpret and apply the basic concepts and institutional considerations of international air transport economic regulation at the national, bilateral and multilateral levels from the perspective of the policy maker, regulator and industry.

These courses were developed based on ICAO’s updated policies and guidance on air transport regulation, and cover the following:

Air Transport Regulation online course

  • National regulation
  • Bilateral regulation
  • Multilateral regulation
  • Market access
  • Air cargo
  • Airline ownership and control
  • Non-scheduled air service
  • Economic oversight of airports

Air Transport Regulation Issues online course

  • Competition
  • Passenger rights
  • Taxation
  • Airport operations
  • Trade in services

To learn more these courses, click on their links above.

ICAO Training equips and empowers current aviation professionals with the techniques and tools to thrive in today’s challenging aviation sector.

Our courses engage learners from diverse backgrounds, facilitating relationship-building and collaboration across borders.

The full portfolio of training courses can be found through the link for the Aviation Training and Education Directory shared below.

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