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Daily Archives: September 8, 2017

Ukraine seeks to woo back Ryanair

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan is keen on welcoming back Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair with an ambitious plan to purge the aviation sector of corrupt, anti-competitive officials. Ryanair had planned to launch operations but ultimately pulled the plug on the plan after what Omelyan described as “sabotage” by a network of post-Soviet oligarchs and vested interests. The controversy kept €19.99 airfares from the very people who need them most. Ukraine’s …

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Cebu Pacific asks Philippines government for extension of tax exemption

Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific has requested the government for an extension of the tax exemption for all air and sea travel from the country to any locale within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), in line with the carrier’s newest foreign route between Zamboanga City and Sandakan, Malaysia. The BIMP-EAGA travel tax exemption covers all international travel in airports and seaports in the islands of Mindanao and Palawan to …

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South Korea and Thailand to double number of designated airlines on bilateral routes

South Korea and Thailand have agreed to double the number of designated airlines on their bilateral routes as Seoul deals with declining tourist arrivals from China, according to information provided by the Transport Ministry. The agreement was finalized during aviation talks in Busan. There, Koo Bon-hwan, Director General of the Aviation Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, and his Thai counterpart, Chula Sukmanop, settled on the …

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CAAT affirms ban on Thai airlines done in compliance with ICAO standards

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has confirmed that the ban on airlines that are yet to be certified for international flights, is a standard policy according to the ICAO standards. CAAT Director-General Chula Sukmanop relayed that the ban on certain airlines that are yet to pass evaluation tests for the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to operate international flights effective from on September 1, 2017 is being done in …

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Greece and Russia agree to boost number of flights between the two countries

The civil aviation authorities of Greece and Russia have decided to raise the number of flights between their capital cities of Athens and Moscow, respectively, by up to 35 per week. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) initiated the move and after several back and forth exchanges, a final agreement was approved. From Russia’s side, two local airlines will be servicing the additional 14 new flights to Athens on a …

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Airlines for Europe calls for solution to escalating air traffic control delays

Airlines for Europe (A4E) has called the attention of Europe’s air navigation service providers (ANSPs) regarding rising air traffic control delays. The lobbying group reported that insufficient planning of air traffic control (ATC) resources, along with capacity constraints, has resulted in two million minutes of delays in July—a rise of 12% on the figure for 2016 and 35% more than in 2015. The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), which …

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