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United Airlines President says he expects U.S. government to do the right thing against Gulf carriers

United Airlines President Scott Kirby believes that the United States government will eventually come around to “do the right thing” and make a decision against the three Middle Eastern airlines which are flooding the market with cheap fares. “Our political system in the United States is messy and often frustrating, but the great thing about this country is at the end of the day, we do the right thing,” Kirby …

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UAE seeks to strengthen ties with Chad

The UAE’s Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, recently met with the Republic of Chad’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mohamed Hamed Kawa, to discuss important issues that could potentially strengthen economic relations between the two nations. The two sides examined different means of bolstering economic relations, the significance of coordination in the field of civil aviation, the potential to increase trade, and the evaluation of investment opportunities …

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Singapore extends cooperation agreement on airworthiness standards to U.S. and Europe

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) recently increased its number of international cooperative agreements, after agreeing to a Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification in partnership with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and Maintenance Agreement Guidance (MAG) with the FAA. The CAAS-EASA Working Arrangement holds roots from a Memorandum of Understanding signed in February 2012 and lays down procedures for each authority to validate and accept the other’s design …

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India – SC asks BJP leader to file amended plea in bid to squash Jet Airways-Etihad alliance

The Supreme Court of India has requested Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy to enter a revised plea, which looks to suppress an alliance between Jet Airways and Etihad Airways, by also challenging the bilateral agreement of India and the UAE on raising the number of flights. Additional Solicitor General P S Narsimha, representing the Centre, informed a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that Swamy was to specially …

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Vietnam set to increase airport fees in October

Airport fees in Vietnam are set to be increased in October to offset maintenance costs, boost service quality, and pay back some of the state investments in aviation infrastructure. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) announced this startling development. Airport taxes for domestic passengers will rise 30% at major airports like Tan Son Nhat, Danang, Cam Ranh, Phu Quoc, and Noi Bai, and 21% at second tier aviation hubs …

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Qatar Airways Chief Akbar Al Baker elected Chairman of IATA’s Board of Directors

Qatar’s recent squabbles with its neighboring countries did not prevent the International Air Transport Association (IATA) from electing Qatar Airways Group Chief Akbar Al Baker as the new Chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG). The rotating one-year term will start at the end of IATA’s Annual General Meeting in 2018 in Sydney, Australia and would remain until it concludes during the 2019 AGM. Al Baker will succeed current IATA …

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Nigeria to join fight against carbon emissions in 2021

Nigeria has expressed their willingness to join other nations in the fight against carbon (CO2) emissions in the global aviation industry by 2021. The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has said that they already forwarded action plans on CO2 emissions mitigation measures and Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Economic and Community of West …

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Indian government seeks to upgrade airports through policy changes

The Narendra Modi-helmed government is planning to upgrade the metro airports into bustling global aviation hubs, similar to that in Dubai and Singapore, starting with a series of policies, which include stalling bilateral deals that benefit rival airports. The move, officials deem, will also tackle the aviation sector’s financial troubles. The Finance and Civil Aviation Ministries believe that there is a pressing need to halt feeding rival airports in Dubai, …

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Air transport groups call on EU to address widespread delays after regulatory changes

Numerous air transport organizations have urged the European Union, in a letter they sent to the European Council of Ministers, to implement measures that would lessen widespread delays after recent regulatory changes. According to the letter, delays have risen at an alarming rate after the implementation of a regulation that sought to increase security for flights departing the EU. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airlines for Europe, the Airlines …

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British Airways asks UK authorities to resolve long airport delays at immigration controls

British Airways (BA) has requested border authorities of the UK to address “serious inefficiencies” that are causing long queues at airport immigration controls with the impending exit of Britain from the European Union. BA shared that the cause was a new electronic gate system that was introduced last year. This caused long wait in queues, sometimes lasting more than an hour. This made even worse during the busy holiday period …

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