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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Royal Aeronautical Society
No.4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J7BQ, UK

Seminar: 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Reception: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

There is no charge, but we request that you pre-register for the seminar, no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

Free of charge

Hosted by the Japan International Transport Institute and ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Japan International Tranport Institute

1819 L STREET, N.W. SUITE 1000
PHONE:+1- 202-833-9763
FAX: +1-202-833-9769

ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Activities of our institute are made possible through the generous assistance of the Nippon Foundation.


Seminar on the Liberalization of International Aviation
~ Will the 2nd Stage of EU-US Aviation Negotiations Bring About True Liberalization ? ~

It has been about 60 years since the Chicago Convention, the Convention on International Civil Aviation, was agreed upon in 1944. Despite the dramatic growth in the past and its sure path to further growth in the future, international air transport is still governed by the international rules which originated from the thoughts and situations during and immediately after WWII. The Chicago Regime has placed very strict quantitative limits on international air travel. Leaving details of the rules to bilateral negotiations, the Chicago Regime produced the very inconvenient reality in which rules for international air services, which should be universal by right, differ from one bilateral agreement to another. The Chicago Regime not only loses out on the merit of market economy where the most efficient survives in competition, but it also fosters various forms of protectionism based on the bilateral agreements. It is clear that the Chicago Regime is outdated.

The future development of the EU-US agreement, covering the two largest aviation markets in the world, has a potential to bring about large-scale changes to the current framework of international aviation. The 1st stage of the EU-US agreement takes a traditional open skies agreement a step further. The agreement is unique because it has a multilateral nature as it was conducted among the US and each EU member state. However, issues such as the liberalization of ownership and control of carriers have been left for the 2nd stage of negotiations. There is much to be seen on whether the 2nd stage of negotiations, scheduled for May 15-16 in Slovenia, will bring about true liberalization, moving from traditional exchange of traffic rights to full liberalization in trade and from government-controlled economy to market economy.

This seminar points out the problems of the Chicago Regime and explores ways to resolve these problems, thereby facilitating various international discussions including the 2nd stage of negotiations between the EU and the US on how a new regime on international aviation should be.


Hiroshi Maruyama
President, Japan International Transport Institute

Karel Van Miert
Former EU Commissioner for Competition
 Bio  Presentation 

Willie Walsh
CEO, British Airways
 Bio  Presentation 

Hayao Hora
Senior Vice President, All Nippon Airways, International & Regulatory Affairs and Facilities
 Bio  Presentation 

Rigas Doganis (Moderator)
Visiting Professor, Cranfield University (UK)
Non-Executive Director of easyJet and of Hyderabad International Airport (India)

R. Russel Bailey
Senior Attorney, Legal Department, Airline Pilots Association

Barry Humphreys
Director of External Affairs and Route Development, Virgin Atlantic Airways

Julie Oettinger
Managing Director, International and Regulatory Affairs, United Airlines

Frederik Sorensen
Civil Aviation Counsellor, Fresair

Akira Yamaji
Vice President, ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Katsuhiro Yamaguchi
Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo