Friday, September 18, 2009
With the World Trade Organization back in the news, blog readers may be interested in staying aprised of developments in the second review of the General Agreement on Trade in Services's Annex on Air Transport. A full website dedicated to the review is available here.
Of particular interest should be the extensive three-part series of review documents which chronicles global trade developments in the air transport sector. While some methodological issues have been raised over the course of the review, the WTO's Quantitative Air Services Review (QUASAR) offers the best analysis of global trends toward (or away) from air transport liberalization and provides a wealth of country-specific data on the types of air service agreements they have in force, their exchange of freedoms, and how different sectors of their air transport market are affected.