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The Economic Impacts of Air Service Liberalization

This study quantifies the economic impacts of changes in aviation policy and examines five case studies that validate the positive impacts of liberalization on economies. In addition, an economic model has been developed that can quantify the economic benefits associated with greater air service between virtually any two markets around the globe.

The study confirms that liberalizing air travel directly benefits economies by increasing GDP, employment, travel and tourism, and exports.  Increasing air travel also leads to significant gains in the quality and quantity of direct service to various communities worldwide. 

The study was prepared by InterVISTAS-ga2 Consulting

Major sponsors of the study include:

  • The Air Transport Action Group
  • Airports Council International N.A
  • The Boeing Company
  • The European-American Business Council
  • The Franco-American Chamber of Commerce
  • General Electric
  • The International Air Transport Association
  • The Pacific Asia Travel Association
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • The U.S.-ASEAN Business Council
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce 
  • The World Travel and Tourism Council 


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