The Bermuda Agreement


b) The United States Civil Aeronautics Board has announced its intention to approve the International Air Transport Association`s rate conference machine (`I.A.T.A`), as presented in February 1946, and will be subject to board approval of all tariff agreements with these aircraft during that period and in which U.S. airlines participate. The reader will have seen that, according to the author, the answer is yes. If agreement is reached on the principles of the final act and the Bermuda agreement, the plan could easily become the basis for a general international agreement on air transport. Such an agreement would provide for a generalized exchange of transit privileges between the parties and give the intercity the right to repair airports and transit routes on its territory. The agreement would not establish trade routes or grant trade privileges, but would include the commercial and commercial principles of the Bermuda Plan and provide that, if two or more nations, parties to the agreement, were to decide to exchange trade privileges and agree on trade routes, operations would always be conducted according to the principles of the plan. Such an agreement would lead to international trade unity, but would give the nations concerned the right to exchange with which nations and through what trade routes they want to act. Another provision could be to grant any country, when the agreement is adopted, the right to designate import ports and airports open to international trade if they are operated in accordance with the principles of the plan, which denotes the need for subsequent special agreements on ports of entry and routes. Some nations may prefer this way of inviting global transportation to their territories.

If such a general and permanent convention were to be adopted, it would certainly be subject to ratification in the form of a treaty, as would the 1928 Havana Convention and the Permanent Convention on International Civil Aviation signed in Chicago. (b) any further modification of the route desired by one of the contracting parties may be carried out and implemented at any time, with the aviation authorities of the contracting party concerned reporting immediately to the aviation authorities of the other contracting party.