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ANALYSIS: ICAO carbon offsetting scheme under fire

SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM BY: KERRY REALS Opinions are divided over whether ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation should be the only market-based measure applied to the airline industry to address its impact on climate change. The industry is adamant that the global agreement struck at the 2016 ICAO Assembly should mark an end to its inclusion in a growing “patchwork” of environmental taxes and schemes in individual countries. …

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Qatar signs Open Air Services Agreement with El Salvador

Qatar has signed an Open Air Services Agreement geared for passengers and cargo, with El Salvador. A statement that was issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority relayed that the agreement was signed in partnership with El Salvador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Roger. Also present during the signing ceremony was El Salvador’s Ambassador to Qatar, Alfred Arturo. Since the embargo of four Arab countries back in June and the …

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Kurdish and Iraqi delegates agree to lift flight ban, await for green light from Iraqi Prime Minister

Delegates from the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraq have agreed to have Kurdistan Region airports fall under the jurisdiction of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, pending the approval of the Iraqi government. After hours of talks, representatives from the two groups came up with the recommendations, which they hope would resolve issues between the two administrations, one of which is the international flight ban. The international airports of Erbil and …

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Jordan and China Sign Air Services Agreement

Jordan and China have inked the final version of the Air Services Agreement that representatives of the two nations initially signed back in 1992. Signing the pact were Captain Haitham Misto, President and CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines and Beijing’s Ambassador to Amman, Ban Wei Fang. The agreement seeks to regulate air services and allow air transport companies from the two countries to operate 21 passenger and cargo flights each …

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IATA imposes smart luggage ban

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it would be imposing a ban on smart luggage, claiming that it might not be safe. IATA pointed to the lithium batteries as a potential hazard, a point of contention that has been around for several years now. Back in 2016, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of fears that its battery might combust. …

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