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ICAO to conduct a third security audit on Kenya airport

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will be conducting a security audit on Kenya’s primary airport, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, to determine its safety standards. The said audit will be happening during the last week of November, to determine the airport’s capability in safety oversight. The evaluation comes at a time when flagship carrier Kenya Airways is only a couple of steps away from accomplishing direct flight standards of …

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United States airlines express concern over slow development of aviation rules post-Brexit

United States carriers have expressed their desire for the UK to hasten negotiations regarding aviation regulations so that passenger and cargo flights to Heathrow, Stansted and other airports will continue to operate smoothly post-Brexit. Airlines for America (A4A), an aviation body whose members include United, American Airlines and FedEx, says the multibillion pound traffic in both directions will be compromised unless politicians focus on the impact Brexit will have on …

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European Commission to ensure that Ryanair flight cancellations are compliant with EU legislation

The European Commission (EC) has vowed that it would ensure that the 50 daily cancellations by low-cost carrier Ryanair are carried out in compliance with European Union legislation. Ryanair recently announced that it had plans to cancel 50 daily flights over the next six weeks. The reason? To improve timekeeping – a result of air traffic controller strikes, inclement weather and pilot and cabin staff holidays – as these have …

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American Airlines CEO says plans to raise passenger fees a divisive issue

A plan to increase passenger fees to back airport improvements is going to be a divisive issue that will be debated over for a while, says American Airlines CEO Doug Parker. “It’s something we’re just not going to agree on. We’re opposed; we’re going to remain opposed,” said Parker during the annual Airports Council International-North America conference in Forth Worth. Airports are pushing hard for federal lawmakers to raise the …

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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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Nigerian CAA certifies Murtala Muahmmed International Airport

  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has certified Nigeria’s busiest airport – the Murtala Muahmmed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos – after it found that it met global safety and security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). MMIA however, won’t be the last as three more are the follow in the coming weeks. These are the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Mallam Aminu Kano International …

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Ryanair asked to pay compensation for cancelled flights – Commission for Aviation Regulation

Ryanair will have to compensate passengers whose flights have been cancelled with less than two weeks notice, according to the Commission for Aviation Regulation. A spokesperson of the aviation watchdog said that it is possible that Ryanair might have to pay up huge amounts because of its call to cancel 40-50 flights per day over the next six weeks. The airline has so far given people notice of sometimes just …

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Nepal requests Chinese government to allow airline to operate from Beijing and Guangzhou airports

The Nepalese government has asked the Chinese government to permit Himalaya Airlines to operate flights to and from major international airports in Beijing and Guangzhou. Officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry have indicated that they have already penned a letter to the Chinese government a couple of weeks ago, requesting Himalaya to be allowed landing permits at key aviation hubs in China. Although Himalaya Airlines is a joint venture between …

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Industry panel to vote on asking the US FAA to roll back numerous safety rules

An influential industry panel will vote later this week on proposals that the Federal Aviation Administration remove or roll back dozens of safety rules, including a crucial one centered on airline pilot qualifications. The recommendations are detailed in a report to the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee in response to United States President Donald Trump’s orders to reduce government regulations. Regional airlines have been arguing the pilot qualifications rule since …

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British tourist sector pushes for government to cut Air Passenger Duty

The British government is being urged by country’s tourist sector to cut the Air Passenger Duty (APD) to improve the country after Brexit and give UK-bound tourists a travel expense-cut bonanza. British tourists see a huge discount in their flight costs after Brexit, if the Government slices the Air Passenger Duty (APD). Fair Tax on Flying (FTF) – a British campaign group – has attacked the sky-high rate of aviation …

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