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Mozambique: Minister calls for debate on elements hindering growth of domestic air travel market

Mozambican Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita called for a comprehensive debate on the factors that are holding back the growth of the domestic air travel market in spite of the measures taken by the government. Speaking in Maputo, during the opening of a meeting of the Aeronautical Council, Mesquita mentioned among those measures are the liberalization of Mozambican air space, the presence of an attractive package of civil aviation legislation, and …

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ICAO Council backs new Global Aviation Security Plan

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) moved closer to endorsing the pioneering Global Aviation Security Plan to enhance international coordination, response, and planning to respond to threats to civil aviation passengers, cargo, aircraft and facilities. “This new strategic document will assist ICAO Member States in their aviation security coordination with other States and applicable security agencies, as well as helping to nurture security cultures and capabilities, place greater focus on …

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IATA urges governments to remember lessons from electronics ban

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO and Director General, Alexandre de Juniac reminded airlines to consult with the group in decision making when it comes to security, during the IATA World Conference in Abu Dhabi He cautioned the rest of the delegates to be mindful of the lessons that were learned from the electronics ban imposed earlier this year. “Threats to aviation are real. And we understand that sometimes, …

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Poor intra-African air connectivity rued by aviation experts

Aviation experts raised concerns over the dismal intra-African air connectivity that has hindered the industry’s growth on the continent during the closing of the 49th Annual General Assembly and summit for African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in Kigali. Rwanda was the host of the Nov. 12-14 continental meeting, which was done under the theme “Rethinking Strategies for Airline Profitability in Africa.” The three-day meeting examined the development of air transport in …

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China and EU agree to recognize each other’s aircraft product-safety standards

China and the European Union (EU) have consented to recognize each other’s aircraft product-safety standards, a month after Beijing agreed to an identical agreement with the United States. The agreement is taking effect by the end of next year, said China’s Civil Aviation Authority. China has been in talks with the EU and the U.S. for several years in a bid to get its aviation standards accepted by international regulators. …

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UK: Aviation leaders continue plea for slashing of Air Passenger Duty

Leaders of the aviation sector reiterated their call to the government to slice the Air Passenger Duty in half. The call came from the different heads of airlines, airports and trade associations, who said that the “punitive” tax risks hurting the British economy as the UK departs from the European Union. Key figures that have signed their name to the letter that was recently published in The Times include the …

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AirAsia CEO pushes for creation of single ASEAN Aviation Authority

AirAsia Berhad Chief Executive Anthony Francis Fernandes is calling for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to establish a single Aviation Authority to help in the integration and effective management of all their respective air carriers. Additionally, Fernandes is urging the Asean to craft a common market just like Europe “as it is difficult for the airline business to deal with 10 presidents and prime ministers.” He added there …

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Aviation experts looking for smarter, more stringent aviation policies for Africa

Aviation experts from across the African continent and beyond, are looking for smarter and more stern aviation policies that would help facilitate the growth of the airline industry in the region. The delegates were part of the opening of the 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) for African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and its summit at the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The AGA and the summit is the biggest air transport gathering …

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IATA points out top agenda for African aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has pinpointed five urgent areas of concern that must be addressed properly to deliver maximum economic and social benefits in Africa. These are: enhancing safety efforts, enabling airlines to improve intra-Africa connectivity, unblocking airline funds, avoiding air traffic management re-fragmentation and over-investment and ensuring that Africa has the professionals it needs to support the industry’s growth. At the moment, aviation currently backs 6.8 million …

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IATA calls for bolstering of aviation security in four areas

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appealed for aviation security to be bolstered by addressing four key areas namely closer government-to-government cooperation to eliminate the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures, the universal application of global standards, better information-sharing among governments and with industry, and the efficient implementation of new and existing technology capabilities. “Governments and the industry are partners in aviation security. Airlines have operational know-how. Governments have the …

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