Definition of cabotage in English:



  • 1The right to operate sea, air, or other transport services within a particular territory.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In International Law, cabotage is identified with coasting-trade so that it means navigating and trading along the coast between the ports thereof.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Green Party has been supporting the unions in terms of getting cabotage, where local freight is carried by local carriers.’
    • ‘However, the big sticking point is what's known as cabotage - foreign carriers flying flights between two U.S. cities.’
    1. 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.
      • ‘This state of affairs arises from a little known regulation called cabotage or the provision of commercial domestic air services within a country.’
      • ‘No, I do not support cabotage, because cabotage adds a cost to users of ships, and it makes them less competitive.’


Mid 19th century: from French, from caboter sail along a coast perhaps from Spanish cabo cape, headland.