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1 3rd Freedom
The right of an airline from one country to land in a different country and deplane passengers coming from the airline’s own country is known as third (3 rd) freedom traffic rights. So, an O&D is called 3rd freedom O&D if the origin is in airline’s own country. As far as EK is concerned, if the origin is DXB, that O&D is called 3rd freedom O&D. Example:- For O&D DXBBOM, the origin is DXB. So, traffic generated in DXBBOM is referred to as 3rd freedom O&D.

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4th Freedom

The right of an airline from one country to land in a different country and board passengers travelling to the airline’s own country is known as fourth (4 th) freedom traffic rights. So, an O&D is called 4th freedom O&D if the destination is in airline’s own country. As far as EK is concerned, if the destination is DXB, that O&D is called 4th freedom O&D. Example:- For O&D BOMDXB, the destination is DXB. BOMDXB is referred to as 4th freedom O&D. So, traffic generated in

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5th Freedom

This freedom is also sometimes referred to as ‘beyond rights’. It is the right of an airline from one country to land in a second country, to then pick up passengers and fly on to a third country where the passengers then deplane. An example would be a flight by American Airlines from the US to England that is going on to France. Traffic could be picked up in England and taken to France. Example:- For O&D DXBMEL, the flight route is DXB/SIN/MEL. The flight first goes to SIN (Singapore) from DXB (Dubai, UAE) and then to MEL (Melbon, Australia).

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6th Freedom

The right to carry traffic from one country through the home country to a third country. An example would be traffic from England coming to the US on a US airline and then going on to Canada on the same airline.

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