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Air service negotiations between Philippines and India to begin soon

The Philippines’ Ambassador to India, Teresita Daza, disclosed that not having direct air services between the Philippines and India is a huge disadvantage as it is missing out on attracting huge groups of tourists. However, she hinted that all that might change very soon as air service negotiations between the two nations are set to commence. “Representatives from our Civil Aviation Board were here a couple of days ago. It’s …

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RwandAir given fifth freedom rights by Nigerian aviation authorities

RwandAir is set to expand its reach across the African continent after it was given fifth freedom rights by Nigerian aviation authorities. The bilateral airspace pact gives RwandAir permission to fly another route into Nigeria to Abuja, and also operate the Abuja-Yaoundé route without any restrictions. A statement from the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Transportation disclosed that the national carrier can now fly into Abuja, and also pick Yaoundé-bound travelers …

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Russia and Egypt sign agreement that would lead to resumption of Russian flights to Cairo

Russia and Egypt are taking positive steps that are paving the way for the resumption of Russian flights to the latter’s capital of Cairo. The two nations signed an agreement on cooperation on civil aviation security, announced Russia’s Transport Ministry. The Ministry also quoted Russian Minister for Transportation, that the agreement would permit flights to Cairo to continue in February 2018. Moscow put a stop to civilian air traffic to …

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Egypt and Ghana signs MoU to boost aviation ties

Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fatthy has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with his counterpart from Ghana, Cecilia Dapaah, which would boost relations between the two nations. According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, the MoU is part of a campaign to promote cooperation and an exchange of experience in the field of civil aviation Dapaah had an eventful stay in Cairo, convening with Fatthy and other ministry officials. She then …

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Brazil and EU halt negotiations on “Open Skies” agreement

It has been a long time coming but Brazil and the European Union have put a stop to negotiations on a broad “Open Skies” agreement that would have lifted restrictions on flights permitted to operate between the two sides of the Atlantic. A communiqué forwarded to Brussels by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), which has not yet received a formal reply, sets the tone for the new approach: Brazilian …

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US FAA and EU sign pacts to expand aviation safety and air traffic management

US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, Ambassador Kaja Tael, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union, and European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) Director General Henrik Hololei inked amendments to two US-EU pacts that would develop areas for collaborative efforts on aviation safety and air traffic management. “Our collaboration remains vitally important for the safe and efficient movement of passengers and cargo on …

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Kuwait’s DGCA signs air services contracts during ICAO ICAN 2017

Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) signed contracts with several countries during the 10th ICAO Air Services Negotiation Event or ICAN 2017. During the said gathering that was held in the Sri Lankan commercial capital of Colombo, DGCA’s President, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah discussed improving bilateral cooperation in the aviation industry with Sri Lankan Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala. Additionally, the Kuwaiti delegation led …

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Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister off to Russia to finalize air security protocol

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi is headed to the Russian capital of Moscow to work on the procedures essential for the resumption of direct flights between Russia and Egypt. The Ministry’s Spokesman, Bassem Sami, disclosed this to the public. “On Thursday morning, the minister will fly to Moscow for finalizing procedures to resume air communications between the two states,” he said. “The visit will last two days, until Saturday. …

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United States planning talks with Qatar and UAE on airline subsidies

The United States State Department is gearing up for talks with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates regarding allegations that they have been providing subsidies amounting to billions of dollars to their state-backed airlines. The Trump administration will be looking to secure commitments on financial transparency, said sources that had knowledge about the proceedings. The meetings are set to commence as early as this week. US airlines have long harped …

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UAE’s GCAA signs several MoUs during ICAO conference

The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) disclosed that it has signed numerous Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Brazil, Sri Lanka, Gambia, Nigeria, and the UK, during the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) conference. According to the UAE’s civil aviation regulator, a delegation graced the said gathering and inked agreements with Switzerland and Ghana. 77 countries attended the ICAO conference and discussed the organization of air transportation’s policies.

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