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IATA says aviation safety in Africa is improving

The past five years has seen huge strides in the improvement of aviation safety in Africa. This was the assessment of International Air Transport Association (IATA) Senior Vice President of Safety and Flight Operations, Gilberto López Meyer. In a report, López Meyer stressed that commercial air travel remains to be the safest kind of long distance transformation. Research conducted by IATA has uncovered that the overall trend in global air …

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Heathrow cuts down airport charges for domestic flights

Air travellers flying on domestic flights can breath a sign of relief after Heathrow cut down airport charges on internal routes. The development comes as Heathrow continues its expansion with a new runway in its bid to position itself as a domestic flight center. The discount has been raised by 50pc, and passengers will pay £15 less when flying between UK airports. The discount is projected to save passengers £40m …

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Heathrow Airport increases environmental charges by 7%

Heathrow Airport has risen the cost of environmental fees it levies on airlines by 7% in a bid to reduce its impact on the environment. The rationale behind the price change is to give carriers more incentive to use their latest aircrafts at Heathrow. This can lead to a cleaner and quieter airport for local communities. The higher environmental charge is part of the airport’s sustainability strategy dubbed Heathrow 2.0, …

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Major restructuring of UAE’s airspace eases air traffic congestion

The substantial restructuring of UAE’s airspace has opened up 150 new GPS “waypoints” for aircraft movement, in an ambitious bid to ease air traffic congestion, cut down on fuel costs and make way for more development in the country’s aviation sector. “The Air Space Restructuring project aims to deliver crucial benefits to the UAE’s aviation sector, enhancing airspace capacity to meet forecast air traffic demand for 2020 and beyond,” said …

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IDEAS proposes “ASEAN Community Carrier”

Malaysian think tank IDEAS has proposed the concept of an “ASEAN Community Carrier.” The concept is for all ASEAN members to have a policy for airlines established, for the purpose of travel between ASEAN member countries, with no restriction of ownership and landing rights. “Asean grew through trade between member countries with the aviation industry playing a vital role in connecting between Asean member states. “In light of enhancing the …

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Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, SESAR, sign Memorandum of Cooperation for better management of air traffic

The Civil Aviation Authority of Qatar has inked a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project to attain more efficiency in the management of air traffic between Qatar, other European nations and other countries of the world. The agreement seeks to improve collaboration in air traffic management modernization projects between Qatar and Europe in a bid to develop and harmonize global aviation standards that would …

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IATA asks New Zealand to reconsider proposed tourism tax on foreign tourists

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for New Zealand to reassess its proposal to levy tourism tax on international visitors. “Aviation is a catalyst for economic growth. Making air travel more expensive through the tourism tax could reduce international passenger numbers to New Zealand by 78,000 annually. This could result in a NZ$100 million negative impact on the GDP and a loss of 1,200 jobs,” said IATA’s Regional …

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Canada: Hope for Senate approval of air passenger rights by Christmas dashed

Whatever hope Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau had of the air passenger rights bill getting approved by the Senate by Christmas, quickly got buried in a hearing marked by fierce rebukes and exchanges between the latter and a former Liberal party operative. The Liberals had been campaigning for the upper chamber to ratify a transportation bill that would pave the way for a new air passenger bill of rights. Transport …

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Thailand seeking to get air safety rating upgraded by the U.S. FAA

Thailand is aiming to get its air safety rating raised by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the month of March. The country’s Transport Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith made the goal public after the FAA downgraded their rating back in December 2015. Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) was downgraded to Category 2 after it fell short of the standards set by the FAA. “We aim to be restored …

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Nepal: Requirements for domestic airlines to operate international flights to be relaxed

Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation announced that work is underway to loosen up the requirements needed for domestic carriers’ license to operate flights to foreign countries. The development was kick started when Shree Airlines applied for a license to start international services. Under existing rules, domestic operators need to have five years of domestic flying experience and three aircraft in their fleet in order to qualify to …

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