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ICAO starts inspection of regulatory oversight for Indian air traffic control

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has begun inspecting the “regulatory framework” of India’s air traffic control (ATC). A two-member team arrived in Chennai and would head to Kolkata next to take a closer look at the ATC’s oversight. They are scheduled to issue an initial report before the weekend arrives. ICAO’s concerns lie in the fact that the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the parent body of ATC, is …

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Civil Aviation Committee of Kazakhstan to inspect foreign carriers to ensure flight safety

The Civil Aviation Committee of Kazakhstan revealed its plans to inspect 25 foreign airlines this year to make sure that flights remain safe. In all, the committee would be conducting 59 certifications and 434 inspections of air transport enterprises in compliance of Clause 1 of Article 16-2 of the Law on the Use of the Airspace of Kazakhstan and Aviation Activities. Additionally, the committee divulged that it would be checking …

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Beijing holds ground against Taiwan’s air route complaint

Beijing asserted that it does not need the permission of Taiwan to open air routes. The bold contention came after Taiwan lodged a complaint after Beijing opened a new route over the Taiwan Strait for flights between Hong Kong and Shanghai. Taiwan claims that the new route poses a risk. Taipei says the route is in close proximity to the middle line of the Taiwan Strait that it affects air …

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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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Price of domestic UK flights could be reduced after Brexit as Ministers consider amendment to Air Passenger Duty

Ministers revealed that the price of flights within the United Kingdom could be reduced right after Brexit as part of possible changes that would be made to the Air Passenger Duty. At the moment, passengers that are flying in economy class originating from a UK airport on a short haul flight is charged £13 in APD. On internal flights, they also have to pay the same fee on the return …

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Norwegian to abolish a US route due to postponement of reduction of air taxes

Norwegian is set to abolish its flights to Bradley in Connecticut in March and reduce frequency on two other US routes after Ministers postponed a reduction in air taxes. Its flights from Edinburgh to Stewart as well as to Providence in Rhode Island, would also be cut down from daily to just four each week. An industry expert called the routes’ “load factors” as “poor” with the Providence route garnering …

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Jamaica: More consumer protection needed, says Director General of civil aviation regulator

Nari Williams-Singh, the Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), called for more protection for consumers when it comes to aviation services in their country. Recent complaints lodged by passengers of Fly Jamaica, who were stranded for days due to delayed flights, spurred the comments of Williams-Singh. The Director General revealed that his office has been discussing the matter with the Consumer Affairs Commissions since last year in …

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Ethiopian Airlines finalizes agreement with Zambia for relaunch of Zambia Airways

Ethiopian Airlines revealed that it has finalized a shareholders agreement with Zambia for the relaunching of Zambia Airways. The said agreement would see the Government of Zambia own majority of the shares at 55% while Ethiopian Airlines would get the remaining 45% stakes. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “In line with our Vision 2025 multiple hubs strategy in Africa, we are delighted that the discussions with the Zambian …

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Argentina: Flybondi obtains Air Operator’s Certificate, prepares for launch

The Argentine Civil Aviation Authority recently announced that it has issued an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to Flybondi. With the certification process already finished, the emerging low-cost airline has already begun selling tickets with its proposed launch set on January 26. Flybondi would start with flights from Córdoba Int’l to each of Iguazu, San Carlos de Bariloche (starts January 27), and Mendoza (starts January 29). After those, flights from Mendoza …

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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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