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Singapore and Bangladesh expand bilateral air services agreement

Singapore and Bangladesh have signed a Confidential Memorandum of Understanding (CMU) to expand a bilateral air services agreement, that would let airlines from both countries run more passenger and cargo services between and beyond them. At the moment, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines and Regent Airways operate daily passenger services. Singapore Airlines operates ten per week and Scoot operates a daily passenger service between Singapore and Bangladesh. The Permanent Secretary …

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Jet Airways hires merger and acquisitions expert, Piero Ceschia, ahead of possible bid for Air India

Jet Airways has announced the hiring of Piero Ceschia, a Senior Executive from Delta Airlines, who has earned a reputation for his expertise in merger and acquisitions, right before a potential run for Air India. Ceschia previously served as Vice President for Strategic Alliances in Delta. He has also had senior finance and corporate strategy roles in Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Ceschia’s expertise however, is largely in the areas of …

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American Airlines Group lauds Brazilian Senate for approving Open Skies agreement with the US

The American Airlines Group showered praise upon the Brazilian Senate for giving its go ahead to the Open Skies agreement with the United States. Two years ago, American proposed a joint business arrangement with the LATAM Airlines Group of Brazil, which would cover travel between the U.S. and Canada and Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The same pact would also benefit air travellers through reduced airfares and better …

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Airline Operators of Nigeria advises holding off on signing of African Continental Free Trade Area

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has recommended to the Federal Government that they first hold off on signing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Treaty. The pact was slated for signing by African Heads of States on March 21–22 in Kigali, Rwanda. The AON issued its recommendation after the recent signing of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which African leaders sanctioned in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on …

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Iraqi PM lifts ban on international air traffic to Kurdistan Region

The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi has consented to lift the ban on foreign air traffic to the Kurdistan Region. The Prime Minister’s decree said international flights could resume operations with a week’s time. The decree also disclosed that Kurdish officials have already agreed for Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airports to be placed under federal supervision, reporting to the Ministry of Interior of Baghdad. The ban on international flights to …

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ICAO lauds African Union on Single African Air Transport Market

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has heaped praises on the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), noting its importance to Africa and its citizens. The President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Bernard Aliu, made the remarks while speaking to African leaders during the 30th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The SAATM is a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063. “This new …

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Nigerian Airlines urged to take advantage of SAATM

The CEO of IRS Airlines, Alhaji Isiyaku Rabiu, has urged Nigerian airlines to make the most out of the full implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), stating that despite the growing pains, the landmark policy would be a boon for domestic carriers. However, Rabiu inserted that in order for Nigeria to really take advantage of the accord, the federal government has to review the taxes and charges …

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Iran and Serbia resumes direct flights after 27 years

After a lull of 27 years, direct flights between Iran and Serbia finally continued when an IranAir aircraft landed at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport. IranAir is offering a direct flight service between Tehran and Belgrade, twice a week. And so far, all flights have been booked until summer’s end. However, the development has raised concerns that the service could open up a new migrant route for people who are looking …

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French authorities apprehend PIA official in relation to drug smuggling case

French officials have questioned the entire crew of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight PK-749 to investigate a drug smuggling case. French authorities also placed one official under arrest. On March 10, French authorities detained PIA flight attendant, Tanweer Gulzar, and his suspected coconspirator, Mohammad Moin, after drugs were found in the former’s possession in a PIA aircraft in Paris. The French officials then started an intense investigation into the drug …

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Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive confident of securing flying rights post-Brexit

Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Executive, Craig Kreeger, expressed optimism that a deal would be struck to secure Britain’s flying rights after the UK leaves the European Union in March of 2019. Kreeger made the comments as the airline launched an extra legroom economy seat to try and separate itself from the rest of the competition. British airlines are seeking a way to continue to benefit from EU flying rights after Brexit, …

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