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Nigeria: Experts call for increase in flight size requirement before issuance of AOC

Aviation industry experts have urged the Federal Government to enforce a law requiring domestic airlines to have a minimum fleet size of 20 aircrafts before are given an Air Operators’ Certificate. The experts said that this would bolster operations and help entice more foreign investment. The proposal was made in a communiqué that was given at the conclusion of the Aviation Roundtable. “We urgently call for regulatory consolidation process that …

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ICAO finishes audit of India’s aviation sector

The United Nations aviation watchdog, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), just recently finished its audit of India’s aviation sector. Initial feedback also indicated that the ICAO was “satisfied” with the regulatory mechanism, the government said. The five-man ICAO audit team was in India from November 6 to the 16th to conduct its universal safety oversight audit program. The team took a closer look in six various areas, The team …

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Sri Lanka to sign open skies agreements with 20 nations in bid to liberalize aviation industry

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka bared plans to sign open skies bilateral air service agreements with 20 strategically-located countries and examine current airport taxes, with the goals of liberalizing the aviation industry and increasing tourism arrivals. Sri Lanka CAA’s Director General and CEO, H. M. C. Nimalsiri, said that CAA plans to sign open skies agreements with countries such as Singapore, India, UAE, UK, Turkey and The …

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United States: Elimination of income tax exemptions for certain airlines being floated

A United States congressional proposal that would take away income tax exemptions for specific airlines could impact major carriers from the Gulf, potentially making an already tense situation between U.S. airlines and their Middle East rivals, even worse. U.S. carriers have long expressed their desire for the federal government to step in in what they perceive to be unfair competition by the three major Gulf airlines. The proposal, which is …

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IATA pushes for countries to quickly adopt Global Aviation Security Plan

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging countries to adopt the very first Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) to remain a step ahead of the various threats to flying. The plan was established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following a word of caution made by IATA Director General and Chief Executive, Alexandre de Juniac that almost half of countries have not introduced fundamental aviation security measures. “Flying …

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United States: House Democrat unveils new legislation bolstering airline consumer protections

A House Democrat recently unveiled a new bill strengthening airline consumer protections, in the aftermath of a United Airlines passenger getting violently dragged off a flight earlier this year. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) revealed a bill ahead of the hectic Thanksgiving travel period next week, which would direct airlines to give passengers with a one-page “bill of rights.” The European Union already necessitates an identical document to be posted on …

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