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How the Trump administration is looking to change rules protecting air travellers

By Kari Paul – www.marketwatch.com Flying is a headache for many Americans — and it could soon get worse. Consumer advocates warn that the Trump administration is poised to repeal regulations that protect travelers, potentially making flying more costly and more dangerous, said Paul Hudson, passenger organization FlyersRights.org president and member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee. “Airlines today seek nothing short of total deregulation plus competition …

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Blue sky between airlines on Brexit

By Tom Mcenaney – thetimes.co.uk There was a very curious contrast between the positions adopted last week by IAG’s Willie Walsh and Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary on the question of Brexit. Both of them operate two of the largest airlines in the world. Each has very significant operations in the UK and in the rest of the EU and yet there was a remarkable amount of blue sky between their respective …

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The UAE case study shows why open markets work

By Bernd Debusmann Jr – arabianbusiness.com As the United States lurches uncomfortably towards protectionism and the possibility of a trade war caused by President Donald Trump’s vow to slap stiff tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, businesses across the UAE can breathe a sigh of relief that they operate in a country that has – from the very beginning – been driven by competitiveness and the concept of free trade. …

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Govt Underselling Air India; It Deserves More Than Just a Garage Sale, Says Consultant

By Prince Mathews Thomas – Moneycontrol.com Mark Martin is not surprised that international airlines like Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines are interested in Air India. But, he thinks the government is not doing enough to market the national airline. “It is underselling it…Air India is not something you sell like a ship breaking unit,” Martin told Moneycontrol in an interview. “There will always be great international interest in Air …

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KPMG Partner Examines Challenges Around Amending EU Aviation Legislation

By aviationbusinessme.com European carriers have been waiting with bated breath for the amended aviation legislation which they hope will make them competitive once again. For over a decade now, airlines in the European Union have been losing market share to third country carriers (TCCs). The EU Commission has taken up their concern and announced various options that it is looking into. A combination of factors, including more modern fleets, superior service, …

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Brexit: 28% European air passengers deprived from compensations

By: aerotime.aero Brexit is almost a year away, but it’s still unclear how the prospective withdrawal will affect British flyers. The current air passenger law protects air travellers against cancelled, delayed and overbooked flights but with Britain set to leave the union in March 2019, such rights will no longer apply to UK citizens. Just like any other EU law, the regalement will lose its powers leaving 28% of European …

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Africa’s Debate over a Single Air Transport Market: Why It Matters

By Parker Davis – airlinegeeks.com For years, authorities in government and aviation across Africa have been engrossed in a debate that could alter the course of the continent’s aviation market: the debate over whether to create a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). It would, if created, represent a major step for the continent toward free and open skies for airlines. The issue, some say, is that it could allow a few big …

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Liberalizing African skies for African airlines

Aviation is an engine for economic development; and in the case of Africa, it supports 7 million jobs whilst contributing more than 70 billion to GDP. However, compared to the rest of the world, the numbers are very low. Aviation in Africa is an essential and irreplaceable transport service. This though is well identified by the African government African airlines are shrinking and non African airlines are growing.

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Airport Slots

By Dr. P.P.C. Haanappel, Emeritus Professor of Air and Space Law, Consultant Regularly, Aeropolitical Updates reports on airport slot developments throughout the world. “Slots” is a complex subject. The following is an attempt to systemize the matter, at least legally. Airport slots and other slots An airport slot is an arrival or departure (runway) time allotted to a particular airline at a particular airport, for a particular season (summer or winter). It …

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U.K. Airlines Risk Losing Rights in EU After Brexit

By Ian Wishart – bloomberg.com The European Union may attempt to strip British airlines of some flying rights after Brexit, with officials in Brussels warning that U.K.-based carriers could see their ability to compete across the bloc impeded. A meeting of the European Commission and diplomats from the remaining 27 EU countries has taken the first steps in sketching out the EU’s negotiating position on post-Brexit aviation links with Britain. If this …

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