I’ve written in the past about fifth freedom flights, which essentially allow an airline to operate a flight between two countries other than where that airline is based. Examples include Singapore Airlines’ flight between New York and Frankfurt, Cathay Pacific’s flight between New York and Vancouver, LAN Chile’s flight between Madrid and Frankfurt, etc.
However, fifth freedom flying is only one of the many “freedoms” of aviation. While many people might be familiar with the concepts they represent, fewer people could explain what first, second, third, and sixth freedom flights are.
So if you’ve ever wondered, here’s a fantastic video which explains more about international aviation law than you’d ever hope to learn in just 14 minutes:
This isn’t just a basic explanation of the various freedoms, but goes into a lot more than that. For example, it explains how much some countries charge in overflight fees (basically for flying over their airspace), and also how the US makes money on flights that operate between Australia and Japan.
If you have some spare time this weekend, I’d highly recommend watching this very cool video that any aviation geek will undoubtedly learn something from.