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EU aviation officials call on political leaders to help end tax squabble

Top officials of Airbus and a group composed of top European airlines and engine makers have penned to political leaders, seeking assistance to find a peaceful resolution to the brewing trade spat over a recently introduced EU carbon charge. The signatories remarked that retribution by China and other countries that opposed the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was resulting in serious penalties for the region’s aviation industry, a statement released …

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US FAA gives Nigerian airlines ultimatum to resolve security issues

Nigerian airlines have been given a 65-day ultimatum by the United States Federal Aviation Administration to find a solution to their security issues or risk being banned from flying into the United States. An FAA delegation recently conducted an audit for the renewal of Nigeria’s Category 1 status and handed down the ultimatum on August 24. The FAA, from time to time, sends teams to countries they have bilateral agreements …

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EU gives go signal for German financial assistance for insolvent Air Berlin

Anti-trust regulators of the European Union have given the green light to plans by the German government to provide Air Berlin a temporary bridging loan that is essential to keeping the insolvent carrier operational until it is broken up and purchased to investors. The loan, which amounts to 150 million euros (178.76 million dollars) would facilitate the “orderly wind-down” of Air Berlin “without unduly distorting competition,” the EU Commission said, …

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16 Thai airlines suspend operations after failing safety assessments

16 Thai airlines have stopped operations after failing safety and related regulatory assessments done by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). The development means the affected airlines will need to get new Air Operator’s Certificates (AOCs), in order to resume flights as authorities strive to enforce more stringent measures in compliance with requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The ICAO is set to send delegates to take …

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African carriers battle over open skies in bid to bolster tourist arrivals

Most African nations are lacking airline services oriented from the continent to accommodate their goal of attracting more tourists from the United States, Europe and Asia. Numerous African countries that boast of high tourist arrivals have already given up their skies to Middle East and European-registered air carriers to fly there with complete freedom of the continent’s airspace. According to airline and tourism experts at the Africa Travel Association’s 41st …

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Ryanair Chief Executive reveals major expansion plan but issues concern over lack of aviation deal post Brexit

Ryanair has announced major expansion plans for its UK services next summer but expressed concern that unless a post-Brexit aviation treaty is come to, “there will be no flights” after March 2019. Ryanair will connect Stansted with Frankfurt, presenting a challenge to British Airways and Lufthansa. It will also fly to Weeze in western Germany, close to the Dutch border. Other routes will serve Aalborg in Denmark, Oradea in Romania …

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UK Aviation Minister stresses significance of air travel safety

Even though the ban on travellers bringing portable electronic devices onto flights is being progressively lifted, Britain declared that it would not waver in bringing it back if the need arose. “This is an escalating arms race with people who will do us damage,” said Britain’s Aviation Minister Martin Callanan. Callanan made the announcement during his recent visit to Singapore as part of his first official overseas trip since being …

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Nigeria airports unable to meet FAA standards during audit

Nigeria’s major airports were unable to match security and safety standards during an audit that was conducted by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the renewal of Nigeria’s Category 1 safety status. The FAA team gave Nigeria 65 days to address the airports’ infrastructure deficiencies, especially in the key area of safety and security. The development is a loss for Nigeria as their aircrafts are now barred from flying …

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European airlines lobbying for restrictions on UK airlines in Brexit talks

European airlines are asking for restrictions on UK airlines’ ability to operate in the European Union unless the government retracts in negotiating stance. Air France, KLM and Lufthansa all signed a position paper that asserted that no access to the internal aviation market should be granted without “full regulatory convergence”, including “recognition of the competence” of the European Court of Justice. The developments comes during a time when Ryanair Chief …

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German tourism body pins blame for Air Berlin failure on German taxes and regulations

German taxes and regulation have made it possible for foreign carriers to encroach on the market share of local airlines, thus contributing to the failure of Air Berlin, reported Germany’s tourism trade body. Air Berlin – the country’s second-largest airline – filed for bankruptcy protection this month after shareholder Etihad Airways backed off funding after several years of losses. “Conditions distorting competition allow foreign competitors to carve out an increasingly …

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