Few Open Skies in the Region

State protectionism reduces the competitiveness of Latin American air transport, restricting its development and producing prices that are above the global average.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Despite progress in some countries, the region is moving at a slow pace in terms of liberalization and the steady trend of lower prices observed in Europe and the USA.

This was explained by the Chilean expert, Aldo Gonzalez, who added that "Latin America as a whole space, is lagging behind," although "locally some countries are very liberal and are very open."

"The aviation market and free competition have not travelled down the same roads" in Latin America, added the expert who presented a study in El Salvador on competition in air transport at the regional level.

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Central American Integration Needs Open Skies

December 2013

Central American countries need to grant each other complete air freedom, with unrestricted frequencies and multiple designations.

A study of the conditions of competition in air transport for passengers in El Salvador, prepared by the Superintendency of Competition in the country, contains relevant definitions for optimization of air transport not only for El Salvador, but also all other Central countries.

Open Skies Policy Approved in El Salvador

October 2013

A series of reforms to the Civil Aeronautics Act establishes a policy of open skies and eventual pricing setting.

From a press release issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

With 81 votes in favor, the Members of Parliament on Thursday approved nine amendments to the Civil Aeronautics Act, among which is the creation of an Open Skies policy which is consistent with globalization and with the regulations of other countries, to enable authorities to establish competitive agreements with air transport markets on a large scale.

El Salvador Moves Towards "Open Skies"

October 2013

There has been a favourable response to the bill establishing an open skies policy based on reciprocity with states and airlines.

From a press release by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

The Commission of Public Works, Transport and Housing of the Legislative Assembly, reached a favourable ruling regarding the reform to the Civil Aviation Act, to establish in the country a "Open Skies Policy" and create greater competitiveness in the airlines market with fares which are more accessible to users.

Guatemala Signs Open Skies Agreement

May 2011

The "Multilateral Agreement on Open Skies" allows maximum freedom for the development of commercial aviation in Latin America.

Counting Guatemala, there are now four nations signed up to the agreement. About ten more countries are expected to have signed the agreement by the end of 2011.

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