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Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

India: Union Cabinet allows foreign carriers to own 49% in Air India

The Union Cabinet gave the green light to changes in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to let foreign carriers own 49% in Air India under approval route. The amendment is a crucial one since it would allow foreign airlines to submit bids for the national carrier, but with an Indian partner. The FDI policy previously permitted foreign carriers to own 49% in Indian carriers, but kept Air India out of it. …

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Guyana Civil Aviation Authority prioritizing safety in bid to improve compliance with ICAO standards

In a bid to improve their level of compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) is listing down safety regulations as a top priority for this year. Director General, Lieutenant Colonel, Egbert Field, has reportedly said that one of the organization’s primary goals in 2018 is to amend its regulations to comply with the standards and recommended practices outlined …

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COSCAP-South Asia gathers to tackle aviation safety goal of the region

The 26th Steering Committee Meeting of the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Program (COSCAP-South Asia) began with the goal of achieving the shared safety goal of the region. The aviation safety regulators of Nepal along with other South Asian nations are trying to resolve issues such as congested passenger traffic, and quality manpower and technology, which are making hard to deal with safety problems. In a bid …

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Consumer groups fight Trump administration’s decision to scrap two proposals concerning airline fees

Consumer advocacy organizations are opposing a recent decision by the Trump administration to scrap two proposals that were forwarded during the previous administration, regarding the disclosure of baggage and other ancillary fees. The Department of Transportation proposals would have called for airlines to reveal fees for checked and carry on items before a ticket is purchased. Airlines would have also been made to offer more information about how much revenue …

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission calls out domestic carriers for excessive fees

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is considering taking action against local airlines over prickly issues such as exorbitant fees for changing or cancelling flights, and refusing to issue refunds. The ACCC will also be monitoring the reasons for airlines’ decision to cancel flights especially when speculations are ripe that the real reason is often low passenger loads. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims named Qantas and Virgin Australia and told …

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