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Egypt and Russia discussing return of Russian aviation to Egypt

Russian President Vladimir Putin Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi discussed ways on how to hasten the steps needed to resume direct passenger flights between their two nations. Putin’s visit to the country has sparked hopes, especially for those in the tourism sector that a major breakthrough in returning Russian aviation and tourists to Egypt might be possible. The return of Russian tourism is a high priority for Sisi during Putin’s …

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Government should let foreign airlines bid for Air India, says IATA boss

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Executive and Director General, Alexandre de Juniac, proposed that the Indian government should sell its shares in the national carrier, Air India. De Juniac lauded the government’s move to divest its stake in Air India. “We support privatization of Air India. But the company has to be privatized in right conditions,” De Juniac remarked. Pressed to elucidate on what the right conditions were, de …

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EU, China finalize new aviation agreements for certification standardization and liberalization

The European Commission and China have finalized the following agreements that would help facilitate market access: European Commission and China concluded (08-Dec-2017) the following agreements aiming to facilitate market access: Bilateral Civil Aviation Safety Agreement: Will take away the needless duplication of evaluation and certification activities for aeronautical products by the civil aviation authorities, therefore lowering costs. The initialing of the agreement will also advance ongoing certification processes for European …

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EU expresses concerns on impact on competition over Lufthansa’s plan to take over Air Berlin routes

The European Union voiced out its concerns over the possible impact on competition Lufthansa’s takeover of Air Berlin’s routes might have on competition. “We have quite deep competition concerns because there is a risk that on some routes Lufthansa becomes de facto a monopoly,” said EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager. The caution comes in the wake of Lufthansa offering concessions to persuade the European Commission to approve its proposed purchase …

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British government urged to prioritize Brexit aviation deal to avoid trade hit

The government has been asked to think of the aviation industry in its Brexit negotiations to shield the country from hits to trade and investment. The Independent Transport Commission think-tank – a leading research charity – has publicized a report claiming that a lack of support for the aviation sector can result in trade damages once the UK departs the European Union in March 2019. Former Bank of England economist …

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Air Travel Fairness appeals to DOT to stop approval of airline antitrust immunity

The Air Travel Fairness, a traveler advocacy group based in the United States, has urged the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to rebuff any applications from airlines for either new or amended antitrust immunity (ATI) pacts between carriers. The group said that protections must first be implemented to shield consumers from the damage these cartel-like schemes inflict. Airlines with antitrust immunity are free to collaborate with each other on …

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UK airport boss appeals for government to set out its plans for Brexit

Charlie Cornish, the Chief Executive of the Manchester Airport Group (MAG), has urged the British government to shed light on what its vision for Brexit is. The frustration in the aviation community is palpable after negotiations with the European Union hit a snag, thereby compromising the entire timetable. Making the situation even more volatile was Finance Minister Philip Hammond’s statement that said Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet had yet to …

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Nigeria signs Bilateral Air Services Agreement with UAE

Nigeria has settled with the United Arab Emirates for a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA). It also declared that a homegrown airline had been authorized to operate from Nigeria to Dubai. The agreement between the two nations was signed in Sri Lanka, with the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, signing for the Nigerian Federal Government. Sirika publicized the huge development for the country’s aviation industry on Twitter. The …

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New ICAO SAM Plan to facilitate South American air transport development

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu emphasized that the new ICAO South American (SAM) Plan would be their strategic resource for the integration of air transport development in the coming years. The plan would also help create conditions that would help facilitate aviation connectivity on the continent. “South America’s civil aviation sector has been expanding two times as quickly as its GDP in recent years, …

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Jamaica: Government to review 2007 National Transport Policy

The Jamaican government would be reviewing the country’s National Transport Policy (NTP) during the 2018-2019 financial year. Tanya Bedward, the Director of the Projects Unit in the transport and mining industry, said that the review would also include the aviation industry. “Part of the process will be to revisit the current policy and to also assess it within all the changes that would have happened in the (aviation) sector, which …

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