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United States: Airfare safeguards for consumers could be on the out

Two airfare regulations that looked after the consumers’ interests could be scrapped after the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) eliminated two suggested rule amendments that were recommended by ASTA regarding ancillary fees. The rules would have mandated airlines to disclose the fees they charge for checked bags, seats, carry-ons and more, in a more visible way, to consumers making purchases. There is now speculation that other protections could also …

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More designated carriers to operate flights between Moscow and Antalya

The aviation authorities of Russia and Turkey have consented to tap a third designated carrier each to fly the route connecting Moscow and the Turkish resort destination of Antalya. This development brings the total frequency for this particular route to seven flights each week. Russian travelers prefer traveling to Turkey. Proof of this is right before the 2015 ban on charter flights to that country, the Moscow-Antalya route ranked first …

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Malaysia: Standardized PSC drives fair competition for airports

The decision to align the Passenger Service Charge (PSC) fees between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) was to drive better competition between the carriers operating at both terminals. The decision was handed down by Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB), which in a statement said that klia2 is considered to be a low-cost airport terminal, but rather, a second permanent terminal for KLIA …

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A4A and CANAERO join forces to bolster air transport between two countries

The Airlines for America and its counterpart in Mexico, the Camara Nacional de Aerotransportes (CANAERO), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pool efforts to promote air travel and tourism, the transport of goods and bolster the development of air transport between the two nations. Massive growth in the cross-border market has been observed ever since the approval of the U.S.-Mexico Air Services Agreement (ASA) back in August of last …

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Time is fast running out to prevent a Brexit aviation crisis

by Karen Walker in ATW Editor’s Blog With every ticking minute towards the day when the UK exits the European Union (EU), anxiety is growing among those in the airline industry about when replacement agreements will be secured to ensure uninterrupted commercial air traffic in and out of the UK. Anxiety levels have now ratcheted up several more notches since the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport confirmed what everyone knew, but …

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India: Civil Aviation Ministry reports nearly 2,000 passengers were denied boarding

Nearly 2,000 air travellers in India were denied boarding during the months of September and October, according to data made available by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Aviation industry experts remark that most of these incidents happened because of the common practice of overbooking of seats. This is being done by airlines in anticipation that some travellers would cancel their flights. Jet Airways and its low cost carrier JetLite, gained the …

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Air service negotiations between Philippines and India to begin soon

The Philippines’ Ambassador to India, Teresita Daza, disclosed that not having direct air services between the Philippines and India is a huge disadvantage as it is missing out on attracting huge groups of tourists. However, she hinted that all that might change very soon as air service negotiations between the two nations are set to commence. “Representatives from our Civil Aviation Board were here a couple of days ago. It’s …

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Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority to fine airlines for delayed flights

The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) is putting its foot down and is set to hand fines to carriers for delayed flights under a draft rule. According to ACAA Chief Mahmud Shah Habibi, the draft would soon be forwarded to the Council of Ministers for ratification. Habibi also announced a substantial 34% rise in ACAA income. In discussing the annual report of the ACAA, Habibi said that aviation-related income last …

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RwandAir given fifth freedom rights by Nigerian aviation authorities

RwandAir is set to expand its reach across the African continent after it was given fifth freedom rights by Nigerian aviation authorities. The bilateral airspace pact gives RwandAir permission to fly another route into Nigeria to Abuja, and also operate the Abuja-Yaoundé route without any restrictions. A statement from the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Transportation disclosed that the national carrier can now fly into Abuja, and also pick Yaoundé-bound travelers …

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Russia and Egypt sign agreement that would lead to resumption of Russian flights to Cairo

Russia and Egypt are taking positive steps that are paving the way for the resumption of Russian flights to the latter’s capital of Cairo. The two nations signed an agreement on cooperation on civil aviation security, announced Russia’s Transport Ministry. The Ministry also quoted Russian Minister for Transportation, that the agreement would permit flights to Cairo to continue in February 2018. Moscow put a stop to civilian air traffic to …

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