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IATA against provisions in US tax reforms

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) voiced out its disapproval to amendments of provisions in United States tax reform, that seek to tax any foreign air carrier whose home country does not have an income tax treaty with the US and has fewer than two arrivals and departures per week from major US airlines. The changes are backed in the Isakson Provision in the Chairman’s Modification to the Chairman’s Mark …

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IAG acquires slots from failed carrier Monarch Airlines

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, has acquired the lucrative take-off and landing slots over at London’s Gatwick Airport, from failed carrier, Monarch Airlines. The administrators disclosed they were completing an exchange of Monarch’s slots for others currently owned by IAG but did not specify the amount IAG was paying under the arrangement to get the more valuable slot times. “As well as representing an excellent recovery …

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Canada, EU in trade dispute over fees on aircraft exports

Canadian authorities have been toiling over the past few months to lower what they have deemed “excessive” fees charged on the country’s aerospace exports to Europe. Progress have not come easy as Canadian officials have had a hard time getting cooperation from their European counterparts. The dispute over fees charged by the European Aviation Safety Agency to certify Canadian aircraft and parts has its roots from the end of last …

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United States: Senate tax proposal could prove costly for foreign carriers

A proposal included in the Senate tax bill could prove costly to foreign airlines, including Gulf-based airlines that have been accused of receiving billions of dollars in unfair state subsidies. The provision would compel specific carriers that are based outside of the country to United States corporate taxes on money earned in the country if U.S. airlines do not have at least two weekly departures to or arrivals from the …

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EU seeks to resolve new aircraft emissions dispute

Over a year after global regulators approved emissions rules for commercial aircrafts, the European Union is facing an internal dispute over how they should be applied in an issue that could impact Airbus jet models. The European Parliament and EU member states will gather this week to try to resolve differences over how far European officials should be limited by last year’s agreement at the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation …

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IATA calls on African states to address problem of blocked airline funds

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on African governments to resolve the acute problem of blocked airline funds. According to IATA, African airlines continue to go through different degrees of difficulty repatriating earnings made in most countries on the continent, notably Angola, Algeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe. The appeal was made at the start of the recent African Airlines Association (AFRAA) general assembly staged …

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UK passenger tax set to increase yet again

The UK government is getting ready to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) on premium tickets starting on April 2019. APD is already considered to be the world’s highest tax of this nature. As it is, rates for economy-class passengers are £13 ($17) for short-haul flights (within 2,000 miles of London) and £75 for long haul (more than 2,000 miles). Business-class passengers pay £26 and £150 for short and long haul …

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Ghana: Bureau of Public Safety blames Ministry of Transport and GCAA for Starbow incident

The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) has made known their disdain for the incident at the Kotoka International Airport where a Starbow flight skidded off the runway and left one person hospitalized. The BPS blamed the incident on the Ministry of Transport and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The BPS said that the case only places the country a step closer to “witnessing a national disaster.” It says safety …

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Africa’s Airport Infrastructure, Taxation Take Spotlight at ICAO Forum

Industry experts at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) World Aviation Forum identified poor airport infrastructure, high taxation of airlines and non-liberalization of Africa’s airspace as key factors that hinder growth of air transport sector in Africa. Held for the first time outside of ICAO’s headquarters in Montreal, Canada, the event staged in the Nigerian capital of Abuja was themed “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.” The event gathered industry …

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Trade organization ADS says Brexit not helping reputation of UK aerospace sector

The Brexit process is doing damage to the reputation of the UK aerospace sector, says Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of the UK aerospace and defense trade association, ADS. “The Brexit process is not one that is helping our reputation as sort of solid, global citizens,” said Everitt. Everitt was speaking from the parliamentary hearing last November 21 on the impact of Brexit on the country’s aerospace sector. Everitt said aerospace …

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