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Customers to lose numerous protections after Brexit

UK airlines are hard at work in drafting contingency plans that would tackle changes in consumer rights after Brexit as customers are set to lose numerous protections under European Union regulations. Under existing laws, EU citizens are eligible to claim just compensation in specific situations such as a delayed or cancelled flight caused by bad weather. Current rights are also applicable to unorthodox scenarios such as unplanned downgrade, with a …

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Indonesia Transport Ministry to raise floor prices for budget airlines

Indonesia’s Transport Ministry has plans to increase floor prices for low-cost carriers in a bid to bolster flight safety. According to Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, they would soon make public new regulations on the price hike. “Safety is number one. We must seriously apply it. It has been the time for us to carry out a calculation,” he said, speaking from the Presidential office. Sumadi said that the …

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ICAO President visits Mauritius to discuss mutual civil aviation matters

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu paid a visit to Mauritius to attend the 27th Airports Council International Africa/World Conference. There, the ICAO boss had bilateral talks with Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and the Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of Civil Service Nayen Koomar Ballah, to discuss mutual civil aviation issues. Aliu stressed the significance of civil aviation as an …

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ICAO agrees to new strategy on use of sustainable fuels

Members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have ratified a new strategy that tackles the aviation industry’s use of sustainable fuels. The new 2050 Vision for Sustainable Aviation Fuels is designed to guarantee that the traditional jet fuels will be substituted with sustainable options to a large percentage by the year 2050. Extensive talks tackling the vision were held and formalized in the recently concluded second ICAO Conference on …

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UK Air Passenger Duty campaigners urge Chancellor to slash APD by half

Over 30 parliamentarians graced the event hosted by the A Fair Tax on Flying campaign as members described the Air Passenger Duty as a “tax on trade.” Dale Keller, the Chief Executive of the Board of Airline Representatives UK and Spokesperson for the campaign had this to say regarding the staging of the event: “This was a very significant level of political engagement and an important part of our overall …

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US-bound South Korean passengers to undergo stringent security checks

Passengers departing South Korea for the United States will be made to go through a more rigid check-in screening starting on October 26 following concerns regarding terrorist attacks. “Local passengers who travel to the US using low-cost carriers are subject to a security interview at the airlines’ ticket desks from Oct 26,” said a Ministry official who requested that he be not named. Local budget carriers currently operate flights to …

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IndiGo asking for help from government to settle Delhi airport terminal row

IndiGo is seeking the intervention of the Civil Aviation Ministry in the hopes settling the issue of Delhi airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which is asking the low-cost carrier to move a third of its operations from terminal 1 to terminal 2, a move the airlines describes as “arbitrary, illegal and mala fide.” IndiGo wrote a letter and addressed it to the Ministry as well as DIAL, and …

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IATA partners with DSNA to optimize French airspace and update air traffic management

The International Air Transport Association will be working with French air navigation services provider – the Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne or DSNA – to improve French airspace and streamline air traffic management. Passenger demand is expected to rise by 58% in France, thus resulting in 68 million added travellers flying to, from and within the country in 2035. A fully optimized airspace system in 2035 has the …

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UK civil aviation regulator urges Emirates to compensate passengers for flight delays

The UK’s civil aviation regulator is holding Emirates to its word that it would compensate passengers for the flight delays that they experienced. They have also penned a letter to Etihad, Singapore and American Airlines to adhere to a European Union law that addresses passengers’ rights in case of a flight disruption. The development came after a UK court passed judgment over the weekend that Emirates passengers could start collecting …

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Rise in engine failures giving rise to questions about aviation safety in India

The steep climb in engine failure cases in India is raising serious concern about aviation safety in the country. Figures from India’s civil aviation regulator has shown that as many as 15 aircrafts have already suffered engine damage in the middle of flights. Investigation into these cases is already underway as the growing number is disturbing as it’s the highest in six years. Engine manufacturers have already been appraised of …

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