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The great Brexit aviation debate. A transition deal is needed to avoid disaster for UK airlines

By CAPA – centreforaviation.com Sixteen months after the Jun-2016 Brexit referendum, nobody in the UK government or EU can say anything at all about the details of what will happen to aviation after the UK leaves the EU in Mar-2019. A debate moderated by leading aviation consultant John Byerley at the ACTE-CAPA Global Aviation Summit in Oct-2017 considered whether “Brexit will be a disaster for UK airlines”. A range of …

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Europe refuses to give ICAO a blank cheque with aviation carbon scheme

By transportenvironment.org Flights to and from Europe are set to be excluded from the EU emissions trading system (ETS) until the end of 2023 after a provisional agreement was reached between MEPs, governments and the European Commission. Meanwhile, for the first time there will be a cap on European aviation emissions, which would be progressively reduced from 2021. T&E said that this is very important since the question now shifts from …

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Air France boss says UK must play by the EU court’s rules after Brexit

By Daniel Boffey – theguardian.com As the head of Europe’s largest intercontinental airline, Jean-Marc Janaillac can speak with authority on the complexities of cross-border travel. He carries some political insight, too, because he is chief executive of a business, Air France-KLM, that is 17%-owned by the French government. At the intersection of pan-European travel and politics lies Brexit, of which Janaillac is a dispassionate observer. After all, it is not his business that …

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Strengthening the EU-Asean connectivity agenda

By: Violeta Bulc,  European Commissioner for Transport -inquirer.net The Asean-Europe agenda on connectivity is growing and the European Union is committed to strengthening its engagement even further. As we are a major economic player in Southeast Asia, the first investor and the second largest trading partner of Asean, we need to ensure that our cooperation on connectivity—both in hard and soft infrastructure—gathers pace accordingly. When it comes to transport and connectivity we certainly …

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Deregulation of Air-Safety Rules Can Be a Model

By Cass R. Sunstein – bloomberg.com The Trump administration wants to reduce outmoded regulations. Here’s how the FAA can test that out. The Trump administration has a real opportunity to deliver on its promise to streamline the regulatory state. That opportunity comes from the proposed elimination of more than 50 regulations imposed on the airline industry — many of them designed to protect safety. Air safety has been a sensational success story. In the U.S., …

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JetBlue CEO Blasts Big U.S. Airlines for Wielding ‘Anti-Consumer Power’

By Brian Sumers – skift.com JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes on Monday criticized United, American and Delta airlines for opposing the three-largest Gulf carriers as they expand in the United States, calling the situation “…the perfect illustration of how we see mega-carriers trying to use their muscle and deep pockets to limit competition.” “The Big 3 act like it’s the end of the world,” Hayes told the Aero Club of Washington, …

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Gulf airlines watch Open Skies turn to empty skies

Sean Cronin – arabnews.com The battle for Open Skies is turning to one of empty skies for Gulf airlines trying to fill the cabins of planes flying to the US. Rampant trans-Atlantic route expansion by the big three regional carriers over the last two years is putting pressure on their profitability amid fierce fare competition and passenger frustration with increased security vetting. The aggressive push by Emirates, Etihad Airways and …

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African airlines wait for open skies

By: Franck Kuwonu – Africa Renewal Since relocating to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) two years ago, Firmin Agossou has had a variety of options when traveling home to Benin. Employed in the eastern city of Goma, he often returns to Cotonou to spend time with his family. The quickest way would be by car from Goma to Kigali and from there take a five-hour direct flight by RwandAir …

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BREXIT: what to do about commercial air transport?

(Exclusively on Aeropolitical Updates) By Dr. P.P.C. Haanappel, Emeritus Professor of Air and Space Law, Consultant Introduction With the Brexit negotiations having begun between the EU and the UK, an increasing number of publications are coming out on Brexit’s effects on the civil aviation sector. This is a contribution in the field of air transport (carriage for hire and reward) from the regulatory point of view. Ever since the coming into force …

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A pre-Brexit aviation agreement is needed to avoid travel chaos

By Padraic Regan – theconversation.com Tens of thousands of air passengers around the world were disrupted by a British Airways global computer crash earlier this year. One passenger described London’s Heathrow airport as “honestly the angriest place I’ve ever seen”. The actual outage lasted just 15 minutes, but it grounded the entire British Airways fleet, inconvenienced more than 75,000 customers, and has so far cost £80m in compensation. Fast forward to August and there is more disruption. Tens …

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