Air services agreements

Information to all EU and EEA air carriers established in Sweden.

Air Services Agreements
(Air Transport Agreements) 

Commercial Air Transportation can only be performed if permitted by the states affected by the operations. Especially in order to give international scheduled air services a stable legal basis under international law states concluded Air Services/Air Transport Agreements. Normally these agreements are concluded between two state parties –bilateral agreements. 

The Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Norway and Sweden – have a long- established cooperation in the field of air transport policy. Normally the Scandinavian countries negotiate in a joint delegation with other countries. Nevertheless Denmark, Norway and Sweden conclude bilateral agreements with other countries but with mainly identical texts. 

The agreements regulate – normally in the part called ”Route Annex” –the routes and the points which may be served. An agreement would among other things normally regulate conditions regarding airlines and the number of airlines which each state party may designate. Also restrictions on the number of frequencies which may be operated or other capacity restrictions may be part of the agreement. 

It can be noted that Scandinavian policy is to try to negotiate agreements with as few restrictions as possible opening the aviation market for fair competition. 

However, the bilateral agreements between the countries that are part of the European internal aviation market have mainly become obsolete. In addition to Community Member States also Iceland, Norway and Switzerland are part of that market. For air services within this market, see Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September 2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community which with some minor exceptions is applicable. 

Thus information regarding Sweden´s bilateral agreements with Community Member States, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland will not be published on this website. On the other hand information on EU- agreements binding Sweden will be published.

Should you have any comments or requests that you would like the Scandinavian delegation to take into account in these consultations,  please contact

Mr Jean-Marie Skoglund, at the Swedish Transport Agency, Civil Aviation Department,
telephone ICAO:s Air Services Negotiation Conference ( ICAN/2001) +46104956448
Mr Lars Österberg at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation,
E-mail: , telephone +4684053629.