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Pakistan People’s Party protests against proposed privatization of Pakistan International Airlines

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has asserted its plan to stage a protest against the proposed privatization of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills. “We believe there is an ulterior motive behind this arbitrary and hurriedly done action. “We consider it a mala fide, ill-advised and ill-intentioned move at a time when 2018 general elections are just four months away,” relayed PPP Secretary General, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari …

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Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Minister of Japan to move forward with talks for an Air Transport Agreement

The Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkevics, and the Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono, recently met on the fringes of the Munich Security Conference. Rinkevics conveyed his satisfaction with the bilateral relations and a dynamic political dialogue between the two nations. Proof of this was the official state visit that was made by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to Latvia last month and the visit to Japan …

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Maldives and Philippines looking to seal air transport pact

The Philippine government is seeking to expand current bilateral air pacts with at least six nations and ink a new air transport deal with the Maldives later in the year. According to the Executive Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), the move is a response to the clamor of local carriers for more entitlements to back their respective expansion projects. CAB Executive Director, Carmelo L. Arcilla, said his office …

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Improve Lithuania’s air transport with tools provided by EU, says European Commissioner

Lithuania should strive to improve air transport with instruments provided by the European Union (EU), says European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc. “The European Commission recognizes the challenges in the air connectivity, that some of the members states like Lithuania are facing. We adopted new guidelines on public service obligation and that member states can identify and address these connectivity issues, of course they have to be used in the …

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Committing to Open Skies can help push Ecuador’s aviation market forward

Ecuador’s Minister for Transport and Public Works, Paul Granda Lopez, stressed that a commitment to an open skies arrangement can pay dividends for the country’s aviation market. Lopez made the remark during a keynote presentation at the Routes Americas 2018. He announced that Ecuador’s government was getting set to introduce the policy. He also added that once the said policy is established, Ecuador’s aviation market could possibly experience a substantial …

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Africa’s Debate over a Single Air Transport Market: Why It Matters

By Parker Davis – airlinegeeks.com For years, authorities in government and aviation across Africa have been engrossed in a debate that could alter the course of the continent’s aviation market: the debate over whether to create a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). It would, if created, represent a major step for the continent toward free and open skies for airlines. The issue, some say, is that it could allow a few big …

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Traffic rights issue shuts down Airlink’s plans for Cape Town-St Helena route

Namibian officials have denied Airlink the 5th Freedom rights that it needs to fly from Cape Town to St. Helena through Windhoek International. The airline had initially planned to utilize the rights to add more passengers to its Johannesburg O.R. Tambo-St. Helena route, which uses the Namibian capital as a technical stop on both sectors of the return service. “Airlink will continue working with the South African Aeronautical Authority to …

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Africans remain divided on issue of Single African Air Transport Market

The African Union (AU) launched the much talked about Single African Air Transport Market in spite of harsh criticism from member states and African airlines. The AU officially launched SAATM at the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union that was held at its headquarters in Addis Ababa late last month. The new Chairman of the AU and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, remarked that the …

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Singapore signs Open Skies Agreement with Kiribati

Singapore has signed an Open Skies Agreement with Kiribati that allows both nations to operate any number of flights between them. The agreement stipulates that flights would not have any restrictions or limitations on capacity, frequency, aircraft type, and routing. Additionally, cargo carriers coming from both countries would be allowed to use either country as a hub for operations to any third country. With this new agreement, Singapore has now …

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Zimbabwe: RwandAir granted air traffic rights to fly Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route

The Zimbabwe government has granted traffic rights to RwandAir to operate the Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route. The flights, which were issued on a fifth freedom basis, would start on May 16, this year. A well-placed source in the industry had this to say: “Rwanda Air has been given the traffic rights to service the Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route on a fifth freedom basis. The flights will resume on May 16, 2018.” Zimbabwe’s …

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