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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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No sign of Brexit aviation threat being heeded

by John Whelan – irishexaminer.com Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary and the British Airline Pilots’ Association general secretary Brian Strutton may have little in common, but they are in agreement that the UK needs to urgently close out an agreement with the EU on access to the EU’s Open Skies framework post- Brexit. Fresh anxiety was pumped into the concerns of both and the wider aviation industry in mid- December when the EU …

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Time is fast running out to prevent a Brexit aviation crisis

by Karen Walker in ATW Editor’s Blog With every ticking minute towards the day when the UK exits the European Union (EU), anxiety is growing among those in the airline industry about when replacement agreements will be secured to ensure uninterrupted commercial air traffic in and out of the UK. Anxiety levels have now ratcheted up several more notches since the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport confirmed what everyone knew, but …

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UK: ‘Budget’s APD freeze did not go far enough’

BY EDWARD ROBERTSON – ttgmedia.com The government’s decision to freeze Air Passenger Duty on all short and long-haul economy flights is proof that lobbying efforts are having some effect. That was the view of Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) – which represents 53 UK airports. Talking to TTG, she said the fact it had been included in the Budget shows the government is listening to the …

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UK wants to remain in EU aviation safety agency

By Jim Pickard – Financial Times The UK will ask for its aviation industry to be regulated by the EU after Brexit, in a move that will place it under the indirect jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, a supposed “red line” set by Theresa May. Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, told aviation industry representatives that the government wanted the UK to remain in the European Aviation Safety Agency, …

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The essentials of applying for overflight permits

By Dr. Adnan Branbo – www.blueskynews.aero In accordance with the 1944 Chicago Convention regulating international civil aviation, airlines of each country have the right of overflight of the territories of all other signatory states. Countries have the right to regulate this overflight right however and require prior notification and authorization in the form of an overflight permit. The issuance of the permit is the result of an application by the aircraft …

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European aviation: Challenges, strategy and the Single European Sky agenda

By www.sesarju.eu In anticipation of the forthcoming Digital Transport Days in Tallinn, Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, and Chair of the Administrative Board of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, considers the evolving complexities of European aviation – growth, capacity, safety, security and the environment. In this interview, he points to SESAR‘s ongoing initiatives and deployments as key to the digitalisation of the air traffic management …

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