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1[mass noun] The right to operate sea, air, or other transport services within a particular territory.
- ‘The Green Party has been supporting the unions in terms of getting cabotage, where local freight is carried by local carriers.’
- ‘In International Law, cabotage is identified with coasting-trade so that it means navigating and trading along the coast between the ports thereof.’
- ‘However, the big sticking point is what's known as cabotage - foreign carriers flying flights between two U.S. cities.’
- ‘In my view, he has two options: go with cabotage, which is what the seafarers want; or go with a favourable tax regime like a tonnage tax, which the British have.’
- ‘A clear majority felt that modified sixth freedom and tag-end cabotage would benefit travelers and airlines over time, with tag-end cabotage identified as more beneficial.’
- 1.1Restriction of the operation of sea, air, or other transport services within or into a particular country to that country's own transport services.
- ‘No, I do not support cabotage, because cabotage adds a cost to users of ships, and it makes them less competitive.’
- ‘This state of affairs arises from a little known regulation called cabotage or the provision of commercial domestic air services within a country.’
Mid 19th century (in the sense coastal trade): from French, from caboter sail along a coast, perhaps from Spanish cabo cape, headland.
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