An air services agreement (sometimes called an air services agreement, ATA or ASA) is a bilateral agreement that allows international commercial air services between signatories. The bilateral system is based on the Chicago Convention and related multilateral treaties. The Chicago Convention was signed in December 1944 and has regulated international air transport ever since. The Convention also contains a number of annexes covering issues such as aviation security, security oversight, airworthiness, navigation, environmental protection and facilitation (acceleration and departure at airports). – bilateral negotiations between each EU Member State concerned and its partners, each bilateral AA being amended separately, the International Aviation Office and the US Department of State negotiate bilateral and multilateral air transport agreements with us foreign air partners. Such agreements form the basis for the airlines of the countries concerned to provide international air services to passengers, cargo and mail. Through air agreements, the United States is developing a pro-competitive operating environment for U.S. air services between the United States and abroad. For information on specific flight service contracts, please contact us. In most cases, air services are excluded from U.S. trade agreements. When air services are included, their coverage is very limited.

In this case, the International Aviation Office cooperates with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Department of State to ensure that these provisions are consistent with United States aviation policy. In the General Agreement on Tariffs for Services (GATS), the Annex on Air Transport explicitly limits the scope of air services only to the repair and maintenance of aircraft, computerised reservation systems, and the sale and marketing of air transport. Under our bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs), air service coverage is limited to aircraft repair and maintenance as well as special air services. For more information, please contact us. Air agreements (SAAs) are formal agreements between countries – accompanying memoranda of understanding (MoU) and diplomatic exchange notes. It is not mandatory to have an ASA for the operation of international services, but cases where there are services without a contract are rare. Since 1992, the Ministry has adopted an “open skies” policy aimed at eliminating government involvement in airlines` decision-making on routes, capacity and prices in international markets. . . .