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UK airlines risk losing flying rights, says leaked Brexit paper

By Alex Barker – Financial Times EU Brexit negotiators are taking a tough stance on aviation that would dramatically restrict UK airline operating rights unless Britain follows the bloc’s laws and courts, according to leaked planning documents. The EU’s 27 remaining member states have begun preparing for talks on future EU-UK relations, outlining models of co-operation in aviation, fisheries and research that strictly adhere to precedents in existing arrangements with non-EU countries. …

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Rwanda and Cape Verde sign bilateral Air Services Agreement

Rwanda and Cape Verde have signed a bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA) that would open up new business opportunities for both countries. Rwanda’s Minister of State for Transport, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, signed the ASA on the sidelines of the recently concluded third annual International Civil Aviation Organization World Aviation Forum 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria. The three-day gathering was done with the theme, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure” and …

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Row between U.S. and Persian Gulf carriers set to intensify

The years long spat between United States and Persian Gulf carriers – Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways PJSC – is about to reach fever pitch. This after Etihad said that a measure that make part of the Senate’s tax-reform bill contains “language that is inappropriate under U.S. law and runs contrary to several international agreements.” The remarks are about an addition to the bill that calls for foreign airlines …

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EU and Armenia finalize aviation deal

The European Union and Armenia finalized a new aviation pact on the sidelines of the Eastern Partnership Summit held in Brussels. The agreement is set to bring in an estimated 87,000 additional passengers that would generate in excess of €16 million during the first five years. This aviation pact would improve market access for airlines, offering better connectivity, more choice and lower cost of fares for air travellers. More flights …

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Zimbabwe: CAAZ making moves to address regional competition

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe has established a route development committee to shrug off regional competition by enticing international airlines into the country to bolster air connectivity. CAAZ General Manager David Chawota said this move was done against a background that some international carriers, such as Qatar Airlines and Turkish Airways were getting ready to introduce flights before the end of the year. “The assumption was that Qatar Airways, …

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ALTA, IATA Sign MoU with Argentine Government to Improve Air Transport Competitiveness

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Argentine government to improve air transport competitiveness in Argentina. Argentina’s Transport Minister, Guillermo Dietrich; ALTA’s Executive Director, Luis Felipe de Oliveira and IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Americas, Peter Cerda, signed the MoU that focuses on the exchange of information, expertise and capabilities in …

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African Union Commission to inaugurate Single African Air Transport Market in January 2018

The African Union Commission (AUC) announced it would unveil the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) in January of next year to develop connectivity within the continent. AUC Chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, made the announcement during the opening of the Third International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) World Aviation Forum (IWAF) in Abuja. The forum is working under the theme, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure’’. Mahamat was represented by Amani Abu-Zeid, …

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Dominican Republic and Haiti sign Air Services Agreement

The Dominican Republic and Haiti have signed an Air Services Agreement that would pave the way for the first commercial flights between the two countries in almost two decades. Dominican Civil Aviation Board (JAC) President, Luis Ernesto Camilo, and Haiti Civil Aeronautics Director, Olivier Jean, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Air Services. The MoU forms the legal framework for bilateral trade relations. The JAC noted in a statement that …

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ALTA, IATA and ACI-LAC Sign MoU to improve air transport in the region

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Airports Council International – Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) have inked a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to improve air transport in the Latin America and the Caribbean. The MoU was signed by Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ALTA’s Executive Director; Peter Cerda, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Americas; and Martin …

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Air Passenger Duty to harm global air connectivity after Brexit, says report

Air Passenger Duty is likely to damage air connectivity on a global scale after Brexit, according to a recent report. A study conducted by an Independent Transport Commission think tank proposes that air tax should be amended with alternative fiscal measures or removed entirely right before Wednesday’s budget. The report takes a closer look at the economic contribution of aviation and the significance of airport connectivity to spark a highly …

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