Air transport has radically evolved over the last two decades. Liberalisation and deregulation of the sector have facilitated the entry of new firms, which in turn has had a positive impact on competition and innovation. Deregulation and liberalisation also significantly altered marked structure, giving rise to mergers of flag airline carriers and diverse forms of collaboration.
However, in some cases, collaboration can actually be anti-competitive. It is essential to ensure that former regulatory barriers are not replaced by anti-competitive airline mergers, alliances, agreements and unilateral practices.
In June 2014, the OECD Competition Committee held a discussion on Airline Competition so as to examine the main competition issues in the sector and how they have been dealt with by competition enforcement authorities. Questions addressed included:
- How can competition and innovation be fostered in order to improve consumer welfare?
- What is the relationship between competition law and regulation in the air transport sector?
Read the Detailed summary of the discussion.
Airline Mergers and Alliances (1999)
Competition Policy and International Airport Services (1997)
A Competition Policy Assessment of the Domestic Airline Sector in Mexico (2010)
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