Connectivity through liberalisation
Air transport provides connectivity to regional and global markets. It facilitates travel, tourism and trade. It generates economic growth and development and provides jobs, which foster additional socio-economic benefits. The air transport sector faces regulatory barriers, constraints, uncertainty and economic fragmentation, however. This impedes efficiency, generates friction and hinders better air connectivity.
The Fourth International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Transport Symposium (IATS/4) on "Promoting Connectivity through Liberalised Market Access" aims to promote air connectivity and the benefits of a coherent global regulatory regime through the liberalisation of air transport. Held in Incheon, Korea, from 8 to 10 May, the event also addresses the drivers and impediments to the liberalisation of international air transport. The goal is to assist countries and regions in their liberalisation efforts.
Secretary-General Young Tae Kim presents ITF's work in the session "Sharing Regional Experiences in Liberalization" and moderates the session "Safeguards for Liberalization of Market Access: What Safeguards?". During the Symposium, Mr Kim held bilateral talks with Korea's Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Hyun-mee Kim (photo). Final preparations are underway for the ITF 2019 Summit on "Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration" to be held in Leipzig, Germany, from 22-24 May. Korea holds the ITF Presidency 2018-19.