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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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