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Uruguay seeking to strengthen air connectivity with China

The tourism authorities of Uruguay are looking to position their country as a “multiple destination option” for Chinese tourists. They are also looking at boosting air connectivity with the Asian powerhouse to capture the Chinese tourist market. “Our tourism offering (for China) has to be linked with those of other American countries and has to be done to sectors who can eventually enjoy a break before coming to Uruguay,” said …

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Poor intra-African air connectivity rued by aviation experts

Aviation experts raised concerns over the dismal intra-African air connectivity that has hindered the industry’s growth on the continent during the closing of the 49th Annual General Assembly and summit for African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in Kigali. Rwanda was the host of the Nov. 12-14 continental meeting, which was done under the theme “Rethinking Strategies for Airline Profitability in Africa.” The three-day meeting examined the development of air transport in …

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China and EU agree to recognize each other’s aircraft product-safety standards

China and the European Union (EU) have consented to recognize each other’s aircraft product-safety standards, a month after Beijing agreed to an identical agreement with the United States. The agreement is taking effect by the end of next year, said China’s Civil Aviation Authority. China has been in talks with the EU and the U.S. for several years in a bid to get its aviation standards accepted by international regulators. …

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UK: Aviation leaders continue plea for slashing of Air Passenger Duty

Leaders of the aviation sector reiterated their call to the government to slice the Air Passenger Duty in half. The call came from the different heads of airlines, airports and trade associations, who said that the “punitive” tax risks hurting the British economy as the UK departs from the European Union. Key figures that have signed their name to the letter that was recently published in The Times include the …

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AirAsia CEO pushes for creation of single ASEAN Aviation Authority

AirAsia Berhad Chief Executive Anthony Francis Fernandes is calling for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to establish a single Aviation Authority to help in the integration and effective management of all their respective air carriers. Additionally, Fernandes is urging the Asean to craft a common market just like Europe “as it is difficult for the airline business to deal with 10 presidents and prime ministers.” He added there …

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