The Office of International Aviation and the U.S. Department of State negotiate bilateral and multilateral air transport agreements with U.S. foreign air partners. Such agreements form the basis for the airlines of the countries concerned to provide international air services to passengers, cargo and mail. Through air agreements, the United States is developing a pro-competitive operating environment for U.S. air services between the United States and abroad. For information on specific flight service contracts, please contact us. One of the first ATAs after World War II was the Bermuda Agreement, signed in 1946 by Britain and the United States. The features of this agreement have become models for the thousands of such agreements that were to follow, although in recent decades some of the traditional clauses of these agreements have been modified (or “liberalized”) in accordance with the “open skies” policy of some governments, particularly the United States.  In 1913, a bilateral exchange of banknotes between Germany and France was signed in the agreement probably as soon as possible in order to allow airship services.
The Australian Government has negotiated 90 bilateral air services and related agreements. These agreements allow our airlines to offer the range of services they offer today. In most cases, air services are excluded from U.S. trade agreements. When air services are included, their coverage is very limited. . . .