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MPs back post-Brexit aviation deals

With the UK leaving the European Union (EU), majority of the Members of Parliament (MPs) from the House of Commons believe that the UK’s air connectivity is of utmost importance in order to ensure continuity and smooth commerce. A recent survey revealed that 86% of MPs agreed that to ensure the stability of air services between the UK, the EU and other countries such as the United States and Canada, …

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Brexit poses threat to Irish aviation sector

Ireland’s aviation interests must be looked after as the threat of a hard Brexit looms, said the head of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). Eamonn Brennan, chief executive of the IAA, is concerned that the growth of the country’s aviation industry can be severely hampered by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. Furthermore, the impending Brexit can also set Ireland’s tourism and trade back. To ensure that Ireland’s …

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IATA targeting a unified African sky

Is the unification of Africa’s airspace a mere pipe dream, or a legitimate and tangible goal? Lindi-Lee Kirkman, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) manager for safety and flight operations in Africa, says that the concept is not new as this has been, or is being implemented in various corners of the world. The most prominent of these is the European single sky, where the airspace of different states is …

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Rwanda, Mali, agree to open skies agreement

RwandAir is set to soar higher and further into West Africa after Republic of Rwanda signed a new air services agreement with Mali, which will allow it to carry passengers and cargo from Kigali to Bamako and beyond with full uplift rights. Rwanda’s State Minister for Transport, Dr. Alexis Nzahabwanimana, and his Malian counterpart, the Minister of Equipment, Transport and Infrastructure, Mrs. Seynabou Diop Traoré, signed the said agreement, which …

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Gibraltar poses threat to post-Brexit aviation access

The Anglo-Spanish tussle over the rock of Gibraltar has emerged as a big hazard in Britain’s seek for an formidable Brexit deal to protect access to Europe’s skies for its £60bn airline business. While Spain has made optimistic overtures to London for the reason that Brexit vote and warned Europe in opposition to searching for a punitive deal, it has additionally signalled it could block UK access to the EU’s …

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Will Brexit complicate landing rights for UK flights?

Regulations and commitments will need to be replicated when Britain leaves EU What permissions are required for a passenger plane to fly out of Britain and land overseas? This is a routine matter for the roughly 3,000 departures from UK airports every day. Yet for the officials charged with negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU, that question is about to become very important. Britain’s gains from a quarter of …

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Gulf airlines say they are helping create American jobs

Contrary to the accusations that are being hurled against them, Gulf-based airlines fired back and said that they are not destroying American jobs, but rather are helping create them. American, Delta and United Airlines continued their call for the new administration to review the Open Skies agreements, which allows Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways to fly freely from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to any U.S. destination. They allege …

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U.S. Travel Association calls for Trump to uphold Open Skies agreements

While United States’ major airlines continue to rally their cause against Gulf-based airline carriers, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and urged him to continue upholding the current implementation of the Open Skies aviation agreements. Open Skies agreements have vastly expanded international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States, promoting increased travel and trade, enhancing productivity, and spurring …

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UK-India sign Open Skies agreement

UK and India have signed an Open Skies agreement that will remove restrictions on flights between the two counties in an effort to boost trade and tourism relations. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapatia and the British Aviation Minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, who led the delegation of British companies that attended the 2017 CAPA India Aviation Summit in Mumbai, signed the agreement. Raju said that the increase in …

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Trump to meet with US airlines CEOs

The White House has confirmed that United States President Donald Trump is planning to meet with a number of executives from various US airlines on February 9. While it remains unclear which airline CEOs will be attending the said meeting, White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed that the president is eager to talk “about economic growth and job creation, how he’s enacting orders to make sure the country’s safe.” …

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