A Slow Opening: Airlines Are Taking a Cautious Approach to the Opportunities Presented in the US-EU Open Skies Accord

This article describes the historic commercial aviation agreement between the European Union and the U.S. that goes into effect on March 30, 2008. The accord establishes a single, transatlantic Open Aviation Area that replaces the bilateral agreements between the 27 EU member states and the U.S. New routes and new markets that generate three million additional passengers this year and 26 million over the next five years have been predicted in a study entitled “The Economic Impacts of an Open Aviation Area between the EU and the U.S. Others are not so optimistic; Eurocontrol expects only moderate growth. The EU-US market is substantial, nevertheless, with more than 55 million passengers accounted for in 2007. The article includes a number of accompanying charts as well as a short article on the second stage of negotiations that will begin May 29, 2008. The author also describes the competition for slots at Heathrow, and the projection of growth for Dublin’s airport.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 24-25, 28-30
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  • Accession Number: 01091152
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 24 2008 11:14AM