Uruguay Round back to top
In the Uruguay Round, negotiations focused on aircraft repair and
maintenance services, computer reservation services, selling and marketing
of air transport services.
Current commitments and exemptions back to top
For consolidated information on countries’ commitments and exemptions on
air transport services go to the
If you are seeking the commitments of a specific WTO member, go
to “Jump to a specific sector for a given
Member”, select air transport services from the
sector dropdown list, select the Member of interest and click
“go”. To see a table
showing which Members have made commitments in air transport services choose
“See which Members have made commitments in a
specific sector”, select Air transport services
and click “go”.
Current negotiations back to top
Air transport services are included in the new
services negotiations, which began in January 2000.
In November 2005, WTO members collectively identified their sectoral
and modal objectives for negotiations on air transport described in document
TN/S/23 (para 17, page 20).
In March 2006, a group of members prepared plurilateral request
calling for extensive commitments in
five sub-sectors, namely aircraft repair and maintenance, selling
and marketing, computer reservation services, ground handling
services and airport operation services. These include full
commitments (when technically feasible) on Mode1 (services supplied
from one country to another) and on Mode 2 (consumers or firms
making use of a service in another country) and elimination of
economic needs tests (a test using economic criteria to decide
whether the entry into the market of a foreign firm is warranted and
restrictions on foreign equity participation for Mode 3 (a foreign
company setting up subsidiaries or branches to provide services in
Review of air transport back to top
Air transport is subject to a
specific review process.
Paragraph 5 of the Air Transport Annex states that “the Council
for Trade in Services shall review periodically, and at least every
five years, developments in the air transport sector and the
operation of the annex with a view to considering the further
application of the Agreement to the sector”.