A Historical and Economic Perspective
Transport Economics, Management and Policy series
Chapter 3: Air navigation services
This chapter provides an overview of air navigation services, including a brief history and some notes about the technology involved in their provision. Neither are intended to be full-fledged descriptions, just an overview of issues to introduce the themes. For more detailed descriptions, the interested reader should, for example, read the sources mentioned in this chapter. In their current form, air navigation services emerged from the new international arrangements that were put in place in many areas of society after World War II. For air navigation services the defining moment was the Convention on International Aviation held in Chicago in November 1944, better known as the ‘Chicago Convention’. From that five-week meeting, a new set of rules and guidelines regulating air navigation services and aviation in general came to be. A new United Nations organisation to coordinate and regulate international air travel was also to be established, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), created in 1947.
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