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Czech Republic and China sign Memorandum of Cooperation on general aviation

Representatives of the Czech Republic and China have agreed to a Memorandum of Cooperation to improve bilateral cooperation in general aviation. The document was signed by Advisor of the President of the Czech Republic, Jan Kohout, and a senior official from Chengdu, the capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province. The touchpoints and common interests in the document were aircraft manufacturing, light aircraft trade, construction of the general aviation airports, development …

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Aviation Round Table asks Nigerian Federal Government to halt foreign airlines from having multiple entry points

Aviation Round Table (ART) President, Gbenga Olowo, has urged the Nigerian Federal Government to stop foreign carriers from having numerous entry points. Speaking from the Nigerian city of Lagos, Olowo appealed to the government to examine Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) with other countries He said the agreements, which had stimulated foreign airlines, to fly into Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu International airports, respectively, were not extended …

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United States airlines express concern over slow development of aviation rules post-Brexit

United States carriers have expressed their desire for the UK to hasten negotiations regarding aviation regulations so that passenger and cargo flights to Heathrow, Stansted and other airports will continue to operate smoothly post-Brexit. Airlines for America (A4A), an aviation body whose members include United, American Airlines and FedEx, says the multibillion pound traffic in both directions will be compromised unless politicians focus on the impact Brexit will have on …

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U.S. Travel Association launches website supporting open skies agreements

A website promoting open skies aviation agreements has been launched by The United States Travel Association. The website has dubbed “Voices for Open Skies” and it’s a platform where one can find data that highlights the economic impact of the Gulf carriers – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – on the U.S. cities they operate to. The site boasts of quotes from business owners and travelers who claim they benefit when …

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Saudi GACA President visits US Federal Aviation Administration

Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) President Abdul Hakim bin Mohammed Al-Tamimi and his delegation met with officials of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to discuss matters of civil aviation. Among them were the development of cooperation between the two aviation bodies in the field of training, the exchange of experiences, and the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding for specialized training programs for civil aviation officials …

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JetBlue CEO Blasts Big U.S. Airlines for Wielding ‘Anti-Consumer Power’

By Brian Sumers – skift.com JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes on Monday criticized United, American and Delta airlines for opposing the three-largest Gulf carriers as they expand in the United States, calling the situation “…the perfect illustration of how we see mega-carriers trying to use their muscle and deep pockets to limit competition.” “The Big 3 act like it’s the end of the world,” Hayes told the Aero Club of Washington, …

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Egypt and Djibouti to boost cooperation in civil aviation

Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy met with Djibouti’s Ambassador to Egypt, Mohamed Zhr Hrsy, to discuss relations between the two nations, especially in the civil aviation sector. In a statement, the Ministry shared that the two representatives talked about the agreement in the field of air transport and how to improve that partnership. Also on the table was a plan to establish direct flights between Cairo and Djibouti. …

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East African Business Council pushes for hasty airspace liberalization

The East African Business Council (EABC) urged the East African Community (EAC) to quicken the process of airspace liberalization in the hopes of lessening the price of doing business in that sector. Acting Council Chairman Jim Kabeho also requested Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi to finalize EAC air transport rules so that the trading bloc can benefit from it already. “It is important for the EAC partner states to …

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Qatar’s plans to boost air passenger traffic and sign more air transport agreements discussed

Qatar’s plans for better air passenger traffic and more destinations to fly to was a hot topic at a meeting between Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) Chairman Abdullah bin Nasser Turki al-Subaey and a team from Oxford Business Group (OBG). OBG’s representatives met with al-Subaey as work began on ‘The Report: Qatar 2017,’ the research and consultancy firm’s upcoming publication on the country’s economy. Al-Subaey was “confident on Qatar’s ability” …

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Nepal requests Chinese government to allow airline to operate from Beijing and Guangzhou airports

The Nepalese government has asked the Chinese government to permit Himalaya Airlines to operate flights to and from major international airports in Beijing and Guangzhou. Officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry have indicated that they have already penned a letter to the Chinese government a couple of weeks ago, requesting Himalaya to be allowed landing permits at key aviation hubs in China. Although Himalaya Airlines is a joint venture between …

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