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Kurdish and Iraqi delegates agree to lift flight ban, await for green light from Iraqi Prime Minister

Delegates from the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraq have agreed to have Kurdistan Region airports fall under the jurisdiction of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, pending the approval of the Iraqi government. After hours of talks, representatives from the two groups came up with the recommendations, which they hope would resolve issues between the two administrations, one of which is the international flight ban. The international airports of Erbil and …

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Jordan and China Sign Air Services Agreement

Jordan and China have inked the final version of the Air Services Agreement that representatives of the two nations initially signed back in 1992. Signing the pact were Captain Haitham Misto, President and CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines and Beijing’s Ambassador to Amman, Ban Wei Fang. The agreement seeks to regulate air services and allow air transport companies from the two countries to operate 21 passenger and cargo flights each …

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Iran and Iraq signs Air Transportation Agreement

The nations of Iran and Iraq have signed an Air Transportation Agreement that could potentially help facilitate the travel of pilgrims and transportation cooperation. Iraq’s Transport Minister, Kazem Finjan, and Iranian Deputy Road Minister and the Head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Abedzadeh, signed the pact. The agreement helps ushers in legal requirements of transportation cooperation, expansion of cooperation, and an increase of chartered …

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Ryanair seeks UK AOC to save UK-EU flights; Spain the most-impacted country market

By anna.aero On 21 December, the UK CAA received a letter (probably an e-mail) from Ryanair, as the Irish airline seeks an AOC from the British regulators to safeguard its existing and future UK-originating operations against a hard Brexit amid little progress on a new aviation deal between the UK and Europe. The carrier’s move for a UK AOC follows a similar one by fellow ULCC Wizz Air in October, and …

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Russia’s decision to lift ban on commercial flights to Egypt sends “very positive message” to British government

The UK tourism chief of Egypt has raised hopes that the UK may resume flights to Sharm el Sheikh airport, after expressing that Russia’s call to lift a ban on commercial flights to Egypt sends “a very positive message” to the British government. Russia slapped a ban on all flights to Egypt in November 2015 after the tragic crash of Russian charter flights Metrojet 9268 that killed all 224 passengers …

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Kenya Airways begins process of operating direct flights to New York

Kenya Airways has begun the process of operating direct flights to New York, which would officially start on October 28. Kenya Airways Group Managing Director, Sebastian Mikosz, revealed that they would start selling tickets for the historic first flight on Thursday. “This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored …

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Canada keen on helping Bangladesh improve aviation safety

Bangladesh has found an able ally in Canada, which has expressed its eagerness to assist Bangladesh in the certification of aircraft, and aviation safety and security. In addition, Canada is also willing to provide aircraft that is suitable with the weather in Bangladesh. Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Benoit Prefontaine, made the commitment during his meeting with Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shajahan Kamal at the latter’s Secretariat office. …

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LatAm Aviation Defies Protectionism

by Larry B. Pascal – Latinvex.com Although President Trump has criticized free trade policies such as the NAFTA, in Latin America in general and in the aviation sector in particular, we continue to see a variety of important market opening and cross-border developments.  In Chile (Sebastian Pinera), Argentina (Mauricio Macri), Peru (Pedro Pablo Kuczynski), Brazil (Michel Temer), we have seen the rise of right-of-center leaders who more openly embrace free trade …

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Taiwan: Civil Aeronautics Administration submits proposals for response to route launch by China

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) revealed that it has already forwarded proposals to the Mainland Affairs Council with regards to potential responses that would resolve issues stemming from China’s unilateral launch of four aviation routes over the Taiwan Strait. The air routes are for northbound trips on the M503 route, which is only 7.8 km away from the median line of the Strait. It can also be used for those …

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Malaysia seeks to expand connectivity with Cambodia

Malaysia wants to strengthen its aviation ties with Cambodia, said a high-ranking Malaysian official. Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister, Datuk Aziz Kaprawi, disclosed that he is hoping to see more Cambodian airlines making their way to Malaysia, as it would raise his country’s tourist arrivals. “More flights means more passengers and better connectivity. It will strengthen the relationship between Malaysia and Cambodia as Kuala Lumpur is viewed as an icon in …

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