2.The competent Swiss authorities immediately inform the Agency and the Commission of any facts or suspicions that have been reported about an irregularity in the conclusion and implementation of contracts or agreements concluded under the instruments covered by this decision. 2. All agreements or decisions prohibited under this section are automatically invalidated. As a national airline, foreign air carriers, including European Union/EFTA air carriers, also require authorization for commercial passenger or freight transport on a given line to and to third states or EFTA. These authorisations are granted in accordance with Switzerland`s bilateral agreements with third countries/EFTA. The NCL is also free to grant authorization if there is no basis in a bilateral agreement. 2. For the instruction consultations in paragraph 1, each party informs the other party of possible developments in the field of aviation and the implementation of bilateral or multilateral agreements in this area. 4.
The seven agreements covered in paragraph 1 expire six months after the non-renewal bill is received within the meaning of paragraph 2 or the information covered in paragraph 3. 1. A committee is established composed of representatives of the parties, known as the “Community/Switzerland Air Transport Committee” (`joint committee`), which is responsible for the management of this agreement and ensures its proper implementation. To this end, it makes recommendations and makes decisions in cases provided for by this agreement. The decisions of the joint committee are implemented by the contracting parties in accordance with their own rules. The joint committee is acting by mutual agreement. This agreement came into force during a period of turbulence in the air transport sector, following the grounding of Swissair on 2 October 2001. Since then, barriers to access to the European market – a factor that contributed to the collapse of Swissair – have been gradually removed. As of 1 June 2004, the agreement also allows Swiss airlines to fly between two EU member states. The Air Services Agreement guarantees Swiss airlines the same competitive conditions as their EU counterparts. This is essential for their survival in the hotly contested aviation industry. Under the agreement, Swiss airlines can fly to destinations of their choice with aircraft of all sizes, improving fleet efficiency and reducing operating costs.
And because they are no longer subject to price regulation, they can now set their own tariffs. Aviation plays an important role in Switzerland. Zurich Airport (31.5 million passengers in 2019) is one of Europe`s largest airports and the hub of Swiss International Airlines AG, part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance.