Connectivity leads to socioeconomic development, prosperity and general improvement of living standards. Therefore, in the context of a globalized economy, more and more States acknowledge the benefits of allowing market forces to determine and improve the development of air services. There are numerous examples of States that achieved meaningful socioeconomic development by leveraging their liberalized air transport systems. Liberalized markets result in high degree of choice for the customers to enjoy of air travel opportunities at competitive prices and encourage the service providers to become efficient and service orientated. Air transport relations between individual States are governed through the Air Service Agreements (ASA). These agreements define the terms of possible routes, the maximum number of allowable flights, and the air carriers permitted to operate between the two cities. Recognizing the need for liberalized agreements, this category of the Award honors States that have carried out the highest number ‘fully liberalized’ agreements in the past three year period.
Data obtained from the Strategic Partner pertaining to the number of fully liberalized agreements carried out by the ICAO member States in the past three years.