Countries should lift restrictions on air cargo operations in a bid to improve supply chain connectivity, according to ICAO.

In a series of recommendations announced on Friday, following council approval, ICAO is pushing for wider adoption of seventh freedom traffic rights for cargo operators.

The organisation’s recommendation 16 states: “Member states are encouraged to consider the temporary lifting of restrictions to air cargo operations, including, but not limited to, granting extra-bilateral rights, in particular for all-cargo services, to foreign airlines to facilitate the transportation of essential goods, supplies and Covid-19 vaccines.”

The recommendation “essentially asks all states to follow the lead of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC)) in expanding traffic rights for air cargo”, said a spokesperson.

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