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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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Lighter regulation is a route to more competition for Heathrow

SOURCE: Financial Times – ft.com From Deri Hughes, London, UK Sir Willie Walsh’s criticism of Heathrow and the Civil Aviation Authority in respect of the costs of using that airport carries some force. Heathrow exhibits traits that could be defined as monopolistic, and the airport’s economic regulation appears less stringent than is the case for, eg, the UK’s electricity grid. However, Mr Walsh’s analysis should not be regarded as definitive, and …

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ANALYSIS: ICAO carbon offsetting scheme under fire

SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM BY: KERRY REALS Opinions are divided over whether ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation should be the only market-based measure applied to the airline industry to address its impact on climate change. The industry is adamant that the global agreement struck at the 2016 ICAO Assembly should mark an end to its inclusion in a growing “patchwork” of environmental taxes and schemes in individual countries. …

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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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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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