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Air Service Agreements And Open Skies Topic Of Discussion

Air Service Agreements And Open Skies Topic Of Discussion
Andre Viljoen
April 21
11:26 2016


Delegates to the 2016 Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress will tomorrow hear Fiji Airways chief executive/managing director, Andre Viljoen, speak on two important topics.

These will be on Air Service Agreements and Open Skies and relate these to our national airline.

Delegates will get to hear from the man himself his views on the impact of Open Skies on the overall tourism of our country and whether it is an open playing field.

Air Services Agreements are bilateral international instruments designed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

These agreements play a critical role in establishing the structure and viability of a nation’s international and domestic air transportation system.

They allow countries to develop their international aviation policy to balance competing roles of domestic carriers and foreign carriers.

There are altogether 28 Air Services Agreements that Fiji has negotiated.


Open skies

Meanwhile, open skies is an international policy concept that calls for the liberalisation of the rules and regulations of the international aviation industry, especially commercial aviation.

This is in order to create a free-market environment for the airline industry.

It allows unlimited access to all destinations and routes for a particular country and quite often includes no restrictions on intermediate and beyond traffic.

ASAs protect the National Carrier from larger foreign airlines who have huge resources

And greater distribution power, and who are focused on dominating regions/skies and pursuing growth targets.


Some points to be touched on

One of the things Mr Viljoen will look at answering is whether the liberalisation of ASA’s lead to win-win situations for the airlines, industry, and the country as a whole.

Particularly, touch base on what liberalisation means for small island nations like Fiji.

Mr Viljoen will also speak on what the past evidence of adopting Open Skies revealed?

He will also talk about what are the current threats faced by Fiji Airways as a national airline?

And also what are the proposed principles for future Fijian ASA management?



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