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IATA calls on African states to address problem of blocked airline funds

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on African governments to resolve the acute problem of blocked airline funds. According to IATA, African airlines continue to go through different degrees of difficulty repatriating earnings made in most countries on the continent, notably Angola, Algeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe. The appeal was made at the start of the recent African Airlines Association (AFRAA) general assembly staged …

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UK passenger tax set to increase yet again

The UK government is getting ready to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) on premium tickets starting on April 2019. APD is already considered to be the world’s highest tax of this nature. As it is, rates for economy-class passengers are £13 ($17) for short-haul flights (within 2,000 miles of London) and £75 for long haul (more than 2,000 miles). Business-class passengers pay £26 and £150 for short and long haul …

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Ghana: Bureau of Public Safety blames Ministry of Transport and GCAA for Starbow incident

The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) has made known their disdain for the incident at the Kotoka International Airport where a Starbow flight skidded off the runway and left one person hospitalized. The BPS blamed the incident on the Ministry of Transport and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The BPS said that the case only places the country a step closer to “witnessing a national disaster.” It says safety …

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Africa’s Airport Infrastructure, Taxation Take Spotlight at ICAO Forum

Industry experts at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) World Aviation Forum identified poor airport infrastructure, high taxation of airlines and non-liberalization of Africa’s airspace as key factors that hinder growth of air transport sector in Africa. Held for the first time outside of ICAO’s headquarters in Montreal, Canada, the event staged in the Nigerian capital of Abuja was themed “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.” The event gathered industry …

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Trade organization ADS says Brexit not helping reputation of UK aerospace sector

The Brexit process is doing damage to the reputation of the UK aerospace sector, says Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of the UK aerospace and defense trade association, ADS. “The Brexit process is not one that is helping our reputation as sort of solid, global citizens,” said Everitt. Everitt was speaking from the parliamentary hearing last November 21 on the impact of Brexit on the country’s aerospace sector. Everitt said aerospace …

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