Eighth Freedom of the Air Law and Legal Definition

Eighth freedom of the air refers to the right of a country’s aircraft to fly between two or more airports in a foreign country while continuing service to one's own country.

It is the right or privilege, in respect of scheduled international air services, of transporting cabotage traffic between two points in the territory of the granting country on a service which originates or terminates in the home country of the foreign carrier or outside the territory of the granting country. Eighth freedom of the air is also known as consecutive cabotage or eighth freedom right.

Most of the countries do not permit eighth freedom of the air because the permission allows the carriage of air traffic that originates and terminates within the boundaries of the given country by an air carrier of another country. Such rights are only granted in isolated instances where the domestic air network is very underdeveloped.