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US Government set to finalize agreement with Qatar to ease “Open Skies” conflict

The United States government has relayed to US carriers that Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, would be finalizing an agreement with Qatar wherein state-owned Qatar Airways would pledge to be more transparent with its financial records, and declared that it holds no plans to operate fifth freedom flights to the US. The upcoming accord comes after the State Department told US airlines in December that it wouldn’t revisit negotiations regarding …

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India’s President says low-cost flight scheme has improved air connectivity

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind remarked that the government’s efforts to establish low-cost flights has bolstered air connectivity and produced many employment opportunities in the country. During his address at the sitting of the two Houses of Parliament, he lauded the government for its UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) or the regional connectivity scheme wherein new airports and helipads have been set up. “While only 76 airports of the …

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India: Government to fix rates first before inviting airport bids

Contractors of new airports can be assured of the landing and parking fees they levy after the government made the call to fix the rates before inviting bids. The decision would pave the way for potential entry of foreign investment as it removes regulatory uncertainty from the equation. This usually deterred investors from vying for airport projects in the country, says aviation industry analysts. Airline executives also lauded the decision, …

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European Aviation Safety Agency Basic Regulation revamp progresses

The European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) planned revamp of its Basic Regulation showed promise after members of the European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee voted in favor of the new framework. Approval by the members of Parliament came to be after a settlement was reached over the framework late last year. “The committee’s endorsement is a crucial step forward toward concluding this multi-year process, and bringing many of the important …

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IATA Welcomes Single African Air Transport Market but Says Effective Implementation is Key

Source: IATA.org (Press release) Addis Ababa – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative by the African Union (AU) to open up Africa’s skies and improve intra-African air connectivity. Enhanced connectivity will stimulate demand, improve the competitiveness of the African airline industry, and make air travel more accessible. In turn, this will enable higher volumes of trade, expanded tourism and growing …

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Russia hopeful Egypt would sign aviation security agreement

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich relayed that Moscow is expecting Cairo to sign an aviation security agreement that has been prepared. “Initially, we said that there should be a security agreement. It has been prepared. I believe that Egypt is ready to sign it, otherwise the discussion would not have resumed,” Dvorkovich said. Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sopkolov has indicated that regular flights between Moscow and Cairo could begin …

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Qatar expected to release financial information regarding Qatar Airways

Qatar is set to divulge detailed information regarding the finances of the state-owned carrier, Qatar Airways. The development was made public by the United States Department, in a move that is said to come as a result of the enormous pressure placed on the Qatar by US airlines to disclose any potential subsidies it may have received. Under the terms of the understanding, U.S. officials said Qatar Airways would be …

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India: Chennai International Airport may encounter trouble in upcoming ICAO security audit

With a security audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) at Chennai International Airport less than two months away, officials of the country’s civil aviation regulator are on edge. A recent internal audit conducted by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) uncovered that a lot of the practices that were being followed at the said airport were not in line with international standards set forth by the ICAO. …

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African states launch Single Aviation Market

Twenty-three African states have launched a single aviation market in an effort to improve connectivity, lessen fares and fuel economic growth on a continent that has earned the notoriety as being one of the most expensive and tedious to fly around. Some of the more prominent African nations that signed on to join the initiative are South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Thirty years after the idea was first broached, the …

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UK Transport Secretary believes country can get a good aviation deal post Brexit

The UK’s Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, remained optimistic of the country’s chances of securing a “good deal” on aviation post Brexit. Grayling explained that his optimism comes from knowing that it would be in the interest of all European nations to settle on an “open, liberal arrangement for aviation” after the UK leaves the bloc. Grayling disclosed that official discussions regarding the future economic relationship between the UK and the …

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