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Allowing 49% FDI in Air India does away with preferential treatment – Civil Aviation Minister

Indian Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that allowing 49% foreign direct investment would take away the preferential treatment that was given to the country’s national carrier, Air India. The Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has paved the way for foreign investments, including that from foreign airlines, of up to 49% in Air India, given that considerable ownership and effective control of the carrier is assigned …

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Ryanair seeks UK AOC to save UK-EU flights; Spain the most-impacted country market

By anna.aero On 21 December, the UK CAA received a letter (probably an e-mail) from Ryanair, as the Irish airline seeks an AOC from the British regulators to safeguard its existing and future UK-originating operations against a hard Brexit amid little progress on a new aviation deal between the UK and Europe. The carrier’s move for a UK AOC follows a similar one by fellow ULCC Wizz Air in October, and …

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Kenya Airways begins process of operating direct flights to New York

Kenya Airways has begun the process of operating direct flights to New York, which would officially start on October 28. Kenya Airways Group Managing Director, Sebastian Mikosz, revealed that they would start selling tickets for the historic first flight on Thursday. “This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored …

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Canada keen on helping Bangladesh improve aviation safety

Bangladesh has found an able ally in Canada, which has expressed its eagerness to assist Bangladesh in the certification of aircraft, and aviation safety and security. In addition, Canada is also willing to provide aircraft that is suitable with the weather in Bangladesh. Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Benoit Prefontaine, made the commitment during his meeting with Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shajahan Kamal at the latter’s Secretariat office. …

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India: Union Cabinet allows foreign carriers to own 49% in Air India

The Union Cabinet gave the green light to changes in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to let foreign carriers own 49% in Air India under approval route. The amendment is a crucial one since it would allow foreign airlines to submit bids for the national carrier, but with an Indian partner. The FDI policy previously permitted foreign carriers to own 49% in Indian carriers, but kept Air India out of it. …

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Guyana Civil Aviation Authority prioritizing safety in bid to improve compliance with ICAO standards

In a bid to improve their level of compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) is listing down safety regulations as a top priority for this year. Director General, Lieutenant Colonel, Egbert Field, has reportedly said that one of the organization’s primary goals in 2018 is to amend its regulations to comply with the standards and recommended practices outlined …

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COSCAP-South Asia gathers to tackle aviation safety goal of the region

The 26th Steering Committee Meeting of the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Program (COSCAP-South Asia) began with the goal of achieving the shared safety goal of the region. The aviation safety regulators of Nepal along with other South Asian nations are trying to resolve issues such as congested passenger traffic, and quality manpower and technology, which are making hard to deal with safety problems. In a bid …

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Consumer groups fight Trump administration’s decision to scrap two proposals concerning airline fees

Consumer advocacy organizations are opposing a recent decision by the Trump administration to scrap two proposals that were forwarded during the previous administration, regarding the disclosure of baggage and other ancillary fees. The Department of Transportation proposals would have called for airlines to reveal fees for checked and carry on items before a ticket is purchased. Airlines would have also been made to offer more information about how much revenue …

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission calls out domestic carriers for excessive fees

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is considering taking action against local airlines over prickly issues such as exorbitant fees for changing or cancelling flights, and refusing to issue refunds. The ACCC will also be monitoring the reasons for airlines’ decision to cancel flights especially when speculations are ripe that the real reason is often low passenger loads. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims named Qantas and Virgin Australia and told …

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India: ICAO calls out DGCA for not complying with recommendation to introduce licensing system for ATCOs

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has taken to task the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for not establishing a license system for air traffic controllers (ATCOs) in India even after six years after it issued its recommendation. The five-man ICAO team that conducted the audit in November of last year uncovered the lapse. The non-compliance carries with it potential consequences such as the downgrading of India’s aviation ranking. …

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