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Zimbabwe: CAAZ making moves to address regional competition

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe has established a route development committee to shrug off regional competition by enticing international airlines into the country to bolster air connectivity. CAAZ General Manager David Chawota said this move was done against a background that some international carriers, such as Qatar Airlines and Turkish Airways were getting ready to introduce flights before the end of the year. “The assumption was that Qatar Airways, …

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Nigeria: Federal Government to take a look at high taxes on airlines, says Aviation Minister

The Federal Government of Nigeria has vowed to look into claims of high taxes charged against airlines operating in Nigeria. Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika said that they would investigate the allegations to create a more friendly and accommodating environment in the industry. Some participants of the Forum that was held in Abuja made the Minister aware of the complaints. There were also complaints about the high …

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Monarch Airlines administrators win appeal against slots ruling

Embattled carrier Monarch Airlines gained a sliver of victory after its administrators reported that it had won its appeal against the slots ruling. Monarch’s slots at Luton and Gatwick were considered to be its most lucrative assets left, valued at an estimated £60 million after the airline went into administration on October 2. Other carriers have expressed their interest in acquiring the slots at Gatwick. Administrators KPMG had initially lost …

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ICAO, African nations, adopt aviation infrastructure plan

 The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), its development partners and 54 African countries have adopted the Declaration and Plan of Action for Aviation Infrastructure Development in Africa. According to reports, the document entitled “The Abuja Declaration” was adopted during a high level meeting during the Third ICAO World Aviation Forum in Abuja. The said declaration would be sent to the Assembly of Heads of States and Government of the Member …

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IATA and African Development Bank sign MoU to bolster African aviation sector

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for collaboration to improve the aviation sector in Africa. The MoU was signed in Abuja, Nigeria, on the sidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) World Aviation Forum, which adopted the theme, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.” The signatories of the MoU were IATA’s Director …

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Arab carriers seek to put down US proposal to remove tax exemptions for foreign airlines

Representatives for Arab airlines, which include Emirates and Etihad Airways, are looking for measures to nip a US proposal to take away the longstanding tax exemption for foreign airlines. The move, should it be ratified, would result in increased fares for passengers and damage to global networks, said the representing body of the Arab carriers. The Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) – whose 30-strong membership network also includes Gulf Air, …

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