Air Transport Development in the Middle East: A Review of the Process of Liberalisation and its Impact

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John O’Connell
George Williams


Middle East, Arab Air Carriers Organization, Liberalisation, Pan-regional agreement on liberalisation, Arab Civil Aviation Commission, Low Cost Carriers


The air transport market in the Middle East is undergoing a rapid transformation as passenger traffic is beginning to surge through the area. This paper examines the impact that deregulation is having on the region, including the growth of low cost carriers. It establishes that the region is working towards a pan-regional agreement on liberalisation under the leadership of the Arab Civil Aviation Commission.


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