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Government Regulation of Air Transport

ASPL 613

3 credits
Government Regulation of Air Transport.

Air & Space Law: Economic regulation of air transport and navigation, deregulation, liberalization, open skies. Economic and regulatory theories, competition, anti-trust regulation. Status, negotiation, and implementation of international agreements on air services.

Offered by: Air and Space Law

  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014 academic year.


This course focuses on the domestic and international economic regulation of air transport, although it also canvasses the relation between economic regulation on the one hand and safety and security regulation on the other. It will draw principally on examples from North America and Europe.

Key themes include: Why do Governments regulate or deregulate markets for air transport? How do the economics of the aviation sector intersect with regulatory paradigms? What are the legal regimes governing key dimensions of the aviation business, such as airline alliances, investment, bankruptcy, computer reservation systems, and airport slots? What is the relation between sectoral regulation and competition law? What is the mix of private and public ownership of air transport enterprises? What are legal constraints upon aviation enterprises, on the one hand, and regulatory authorities on the other? What are the instrumentalities used by Governments as the means for regulating civil aviation? What is the nature of bilateral air transport agreements? What multilateral regimes govern the supply of aviation services?

Students will write a short paper on a current issue of transport regulation, preferably from their country of origin.

Evaluation: refer to the most recent Course Offerings document found on the SAO's Current courses & registration information page, from which the latest exam schedules can also be downloaded.

View ASPL 613 - Course outline [.pdf]

Other available files

Airline Bankruptcy: The Post-Deregulation Epidemic [.pdf]

Airport Privatization: Navigate Carefully [.pdf]

Aviation Safety Regulation [.pdf]

Open Skies for Africa - Implementing the Yamoussoukro Decision [.pdf]

Consumer Protection in the Airline Industry: The USA and the European Union [.pdf]

US Airline Labor and Employment Law [.pdf]