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Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, SESAR, sign Memorandum of Cooperation for better management of air traffic

The Civil Aviation Authority of Qatar has inked a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project to attain more efficiency in the management of air traffic between Qatar, other European nations and other countries of the world. The agreement seeks to improve collaboration in air traffic management modernization projects between Qatar and Europe in a bid to develop and harmonize global aviation standards that would …

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Netherlands: Schiphol Airport seeks to make it easier for cargo airlines to secure slots

Schiphol Airport’s slot coordination committee has forwarded a “local rule” proposal to the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management that would make it easier for cargo airlines to nab slots at the Dutch aviation hub. Evofenedex, the Dutch shippers and logistics organization, disclosed that the airport’s operator, Schiphol Group, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) submitted the proposal separately. The plan, which was green-lighted by a majority of …

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IATA asks New Zealand to reconsider proposed tourism tax on foreign tourists

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for New Zealand to reassess its proposal to levy tourism tax on international visitors. “Aviation is a catalyst for economic growth. Making air travel more expensive through the tourism tax could reduce international passenger numbers to New Zealand by 78,000 annually. This could result in a NZ$100 million negative impact on the GDP and a loss of 1,200 jobs,” said IATA’s Regional …

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Canada: Hope for Senate approval of air passenger rights by Christmas dashed

Whatever hope Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau had of the air passenger rights bill getting approved by the Senate by Christmas, quickly got buried in a hearing marked by fierce rebukes and exchanges between the latter and a former Liberal party operative. The Liberals had been campaigning for the upper chamber to ratify a transportation bill that would pave the way for a new air passenger bill of rights. Transport …

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Thailand seeking to get air safety rating upgraded by the U.S. FAA

Thailand is aiming to get its air safety rating raised by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the month of March. The country’s Transport Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith made the goal public after the FAA downgraded their rating back in December 2015. Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) was downgraded to Category 2 after it fell short of the standards set by the FAA. “We aim to be restored …

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Nepal: Requirements for domestic airlines to operate international flights to be relaxed

Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation announced that work is underway to loosen up the requirements needed for domestic carriers’ license to operate flights to foreign countries. The development was kick started when Shree Airlines applied for a license to start international services. Under existing rules, domestic operators need to have five years of domestic flying experience and three aircraft in their fleet in order to qualify to …

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IATA calls for APD to be cut to encourage connectivity at Heathrow airport

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for Air Passenger Duty to be cut on UK domestic return flights to boost the regional connectivity that a developed Heathrow airport could provide. IATA was making its sentiments felt to the UK Transport Select Committee as they plea for charges at the West London aviation hub not to be increased in light of the third runway at the bustling airport. As …

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Brazil’s lower house approves Open Skies agreement with United States

The proposed Open Skies agreement between Brazil and the United States was approved by the lower house of Brazil’s Congress, paving the way for the partnership between the American Airlines Group Inc. and LATAM Airlines Group SA. The Open Skies treaty was actually signed six years ago. However, it encountered stiff resistance from legislators lobbied by local airline interests in Brazil, who were apprehensive about facing competition from U.S. carriers. …

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Bilateral negotiations key to resolving Africa’s aviation problems, says Ethiopian Airlines Official

Esayas WoldeMariam Hailu, Managing Director of Ethiopian Airlines’ International Services, stressed that bilateral negotiations might hold the key to resolving Africa’s low air traffic and open skies difficulties. Hailu bemoaned that some African states felt more inclined giving free skies to foreign carriers than to those within the continent. Speaking at the airlines’ head office situated in Addis Ababa, he stated that it was appalling that together, all African airlines …

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