The Chicago Convention established that no international air service without authorization can be operated on or on the territory of a contracting state. In the following years, ICAO developed a number of traffic rights known as Freedoms of the Air. These freedoms remain the basis of the rights traded today as part of the air services negotiations (the Australian government. Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, 2009)2. Bilateral air services agreements (“BASAs”) are contracts signed between countries to enable international commercial air services between zones. The BASA promotes the international air link between countries, which provides and enables the transport of passengers, freight, trade and tourism. These agreements provide the framework in which the identified airlines of the two countries fly in the designated ports of the other country. It generally deals with issues relating to traffic rights, the use of intermediate links, the nature of aircraft, safety standards, competition, ownership policy, airline design and control, etc., so that both countries can benefit from the agreement, tariffs and tax issues. In 1913, a bilateral exchange of notes [1] between Germany and France was signed in the first agreement to provide airship services. The Office of International Aviation and the U.S.

Department of State negotiate bilateral and multilateral air transport agreements with U.S. foreign air partners. Such agreements provide the basis for airlines in the countries concerned to provide international air services to passengers, freight and mail. Through air agreements, the United States is developing a competitive operating environment for U.S. airlines between the U.S. and abroad. For information on certain flight contracts, please contact us. Most air services are excluded from U.S.

trade agreements. When air services are included, the scope is very limited. In these cases, the Office of International Aviation cooperates with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the State Department to ensure that these provisions are consistent with U.S. aviation policy. In the General Service Tariff Agreement (GATS), the Air Services Annex explicitly limits air service coverage to aircraft repair and maintenance operations, computerized 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 services and specialized air services. For more information, please contact us. Air Services Agreements (ASAs) are formal contracts between countries – Memorandums of Understanding (Memorandum of Understanding) and formal diplomatic notes. It is not mandatory to have an ASA for the operation of international services, but cases where contract-free services exist are rare.

An air services agreement (also known as the ATA or ASA) is a bilateral agreement that allows international commercial air services between signatories. At a press conference in January 2017, the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority revealed that Nigeria concluded bilateral air transport agreements with 90 countries in December 2016.