Air Transport Liberalization
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Air Transport Liberalization

A Critical Assessment

Edited by Matthias Finger and Kenneth Button

This groundbreaking book offers a critical and wide-ranging assessment of the global air transport liberalization process over the past 40 years. This compilation of world experts on air transport economics, policy, and regulation is timely and significant, considering that air transport is currently facing a series of new challenges due to technological changes, the emergence of new markets, and increased security concerns.
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Chapter 11: Aviation safety in the age of liberalization

Clinton V. Oster Jr, John S. Strong and C. Kurt Zorn


This chapter analyses the safety record in the era of aviation liberalization. The chapter describes different types of liberalization and how aviation safety performance might be affected. Effects of industry growth, industry structure, and the regulatory environment are discussed. The pre- and post-safety records for specific country and region liberalizations are analysed. Overall, we find improvements in aviation safety following liberalization, especially for scheduled services. The safety record does vary by region and by industry segment. The relatively poor safety record of non-scheduled charter services in both developing regions is identified. The challenge for aviation safety is that an increasing share of fatal accidents involves regions and airlines where little information is available to help understand and improve safety performance.

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