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The essentials of applying for overflight permits

By Dr. Adnan Branbo – www.blueskynews.aero In accordance with the 1944 Chicago Convention regulating international civil aviation, airlines of each country have the right of overflight of the territories of all other signatory states. Countries have the right to regulate this overflight right however and require prior notification and authorization in the form of an overflight permit. The issuance of the permit is the result of an application by the aircraft …

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Open skies pact “increasingly important” for Portugal tourism, says UK Ambassador

Britain’s Ambassador to Portugal has said that completing an Open Skies agreement with the European Union is “increasingly important” for the development of the country’s tourism sector. Kirsty Hayes explained to delegates at Aito’s overseas conference held at the Portuguese city of Evora that the extended services of low-cost carriers, such as easyJet and Monarch, have helped spur tourist arrivals from the UK visitors to the country. “Sadly we lost …

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Jamaica to work on new Air Services Agreement with Dominican Republic

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness disclosed that a new Air Services Agreement would be negotiated with the Dominican Republic to complement an upcoming Memorandum of Understanding on multi-destination tourism. Holness made the announcement during his meeting with the press  after he met with the President of the Dominican Republic, Medina Sanchez, to discuss bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. Holness said they have also consented to establish a joint bilateral commission …

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IATA against provisions in US tax reforms

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) voiced out its disapproval to amendments of provisions in United States tax reform, that seek to tax any foreign air carrier whose home country does not have an income tax treaty with the US and has fewer than two arrivals and departures per week from major US airlines. The changes are backed in the Isakson Provision in the Chairman’s Modification to the Chairman’s Mark …

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IAG acquires slots from failed carrier Monarch Airlines

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, has acquired the lucrative take-off and landing slots over at London’s Gatwick Airport, from failed carrier, Monarch Airlines. The administrators disclosed they were completing an exchange of Monarch’s slots for others currently owned by IAG but did not specify the amount IAG was paying under the arrangement to get the more valuable slot times. “As well as representing an excellent recovery …

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Canada, EU in trade dispute over fees on aircraft exports

Canadian authorities have been toiling over the past few months to lower what they have deemed “excessive” fees charged on the country’s aerospace exports to Europe. Progress have not come easy as Canadian officials have had a hard time getting cooperation from their European counterparts. The dispute over fees charged by the European Aviation Safety Agency to certify Canadian aircraft and parts has its roots from the end of last …

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Ukraine awaiting EU’s decision regarding Open Skies

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko disclosed that he and the rest of his country is waiting for the European Union to make a decision regarding the Open Skies Agreement. He made the comment during a gathering with media practitioners last week. “It does not need any discussion. The ball is in the field of the EU, and they are now doing everything they can to coordinate,” said Poroshenko. The President of …

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United States: Senate tax proposal could prove costly for foreign carriers

A proposal included in the Senate tax bill could prove costly to foreign airlines, including Gulf-based airlines that have been accused of receiving billions of dollars in unfair state subsidies. The provision would compel specific carriers that are based outside of the country to United States corporate taxes on money earned in the country if U.S. airlines do not have at least two weekly departures to or arrivals from the …

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India and Greece sign Air Services Agreement

India and Greece have signed an Air Services Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy. India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, signed the agreement in New Delhi. Reports shared that the diplomats discussed the aspects of the bilateral relationship intently and the pacts were inked at the conclusion of the talks. “They also re-affirmed commitment …

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EU seeks to resolve new aircraft emissions dispute

Over a year after global regulators approved emissions rules for commercial aircrafts, the European Union is facing an internal dispute over how they should be applied in an issue that could impact Airbus jet models. The European Parliament and EU member states will gather this week to try to resolve differences over how far European officials should be limited by last year’s agreement at the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation …

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