Civil aviation

Airport departure timetable
The Agreement regulates the access of Swiss airline companies to Europe's liberalised civil aviation market. © Rolf Weiss

The 1999 Agreement on civil aviation regulates the access of Swiss airline companies to Europe's liberalised civil aviation market.

The granting of commercial flying rights together with a ban on discrimination means that Swiss airline companies will stand on largely equal footing with their European competitors. They are free, for example, in the choice of destination they want to fly to and in setting fares, as well as in the choice of aircraft they make for any given route. For airline passengers, this means that the prices will tend to sink, while the choice in air connections to various destinations will tend to rise.

Chronology

  • 01.06.2002: Entry into force of the Agreement
  • 21.05.2000: Approval of the Agreement by the electorate in the popular vote on the Bilateral Agreements I (67.2% in favour)
  • 21.06.1999: Signing of the Agreement (in the framework of Bilateral Agreements I)

Status August 2019

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