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Canadian Transport Minister announces expanded Air Transport Agreements with several nations

Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced the successful settlement of amended air transport agreements with the countries of Ethiopia, Cameroon, South Africa, Qatar and Morocco. The amended agreement with Ethiopia makes way for designated carriers to offer up to five flights per week. The new pact with Cameroon as well as amended agreements with South Africa and Qatar, on the other hand, facilitates the operation of code-sharing between Canada …

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Malawi Airlines welcomes move by African Union to liberalize air market

Malawi Airlines, through its publicist, Joseph Josiah, has said that the biggest winners of the African Union’s (AU) move to liberalize the air transport markets are the customers. The AU is set to liberalize and unite the African air transport markets by the end of the month. This can ease flight connections between member states. This would also allow carriers from other countries to operate in other members’ countries without …

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Ecuador officials welcome adoption of “Open Skies” policy

Cabinet and Civil Aviation officials of Ecuador lauded the country’s adoption of an “Open Skies” policy. They all agreed that the move holds the potential for greater connectivity in the country, job opportunities, an increase of employment and commercial traffic, tourism attraction and the opening of new markets. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Minister of Tourism Edgar Ponce de Leon, Minister of Transport Paul Granda, of Foreign Trade Pablo Campana …

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Ryanair applies for license to fly domestic UK routes

Ryanair is preparing for a hard Brexit and is seeking a UK Air Operator’s Certificate in order fly domestic routes in the UK. The carrier disclosed that it had already applied for one to UK regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority. Michael O’Leary, the Chief Executive of Ryanair, had consistently trumpeted the potential effects Brexit might have on aviation. He warned that flights between the UK and the EU could be …

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Single African Air Transport Market to be launched during African Union Summit

African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has declared 2018 to be the year of open skies in aviation. Mahamat emphasized his bold statement some more by confirming that the Single African Air Transport Market – an Agenda 2063 flagship project – would be launched on the margins of the African Union Summit. The event is being held on January 25 to the 28th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This …

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Nigerian carriers’ plans to operate flights to US can spark healthy competition

The plans of two Nigerian carriers, Air Peace and MedView Airlines, to start operating flights to the United States next summer could pave the way for intense competition. The said route is currently being dominated by Delta Airlines The two carriers hold the belief that they can use the huge population of Nigerians who are living and have business in American cities such as Texas, Washington, New York, New Jersey …

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Israel finalizes Air Transport Agreements with Chile, Uganda, Jordan

The delegation from Israel signed new Air Transport Agreements with numerous countries, making way for direct flights between them and the former. The new agreements were settled during the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event 2017 held last month in Sri Lanka. During the said event, Israel signed agreements with the U.K., Switzerland, Chile, South Africa, Vietnam, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Uganda and Jordan. A few …

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Serbia and Tunisia sign new Air Services Agreement

Serbia and Tunisia have inked a new Air Services Agreement that would help the two nations regulate air traffic and increase bilateral cooperation. In addition, the new pact would let carriers from the two countries codeshare on each other’s flights. “The air traffic agreement is merely the first step in enhancing collaboration between these two friendly nations, which should also be developed in other fields,” related Zorana Mihajlović, Serbia’s Minister …

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Mauritius signs multiple Bilateral Air Services Agreements with various countries

The delegation of Mauritius that attended the International Conference on Air Services Negotiations Event (ICAN) 2017 in Sri Lanka had a fruitful stint as they finalized air service talks with six countries. These were Chile, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, Russian Federation and Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Aside from those, the delegation also initiated three Bilateral Air Services Agreements and inked three Memoranda of Understanding with Ghana, Namibia and Morocco. Mauritius finalized …

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India rebuffs UAE’s request for direct flights to northeast of the country

The expansion plans of carriers from the Arabian Gulf suffered a setback after India reportedly rebuffed Dubai’s requests for more direct flights to the northeast region of the country. The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority reportedly requested India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation for permission to fly to northeastern airports without stopping in Delhi or Mumbai, under an “open sky” policy. However, reports indicate that the request has been denied. “We have …

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