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Europe’s Regional Airlines Brace for Big Changes in 2017

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is forecasting huge changes for the aviation sector as it goes through an uncertain Brexit process, which will see the UK leave the European Union. ERA President Boet Kreiken said that the European aviation sector is facing many challenges and outlined the lot in a press conference in London on Monday. “Europe is in the doldrums; there is lots of complexity and upcoming elections …

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We won’t build a Global Britain with the highest taxes on air travel in the world

Tim Alderslade and John O’Connell The Prime Minister – in her Lancaster House speech last month – set out her vision for Brexit and her goal of “a truly global Britain”. She has been clear that she seeks to lead “a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe” and “a country that goes into the world to build relationships”. As we disentangle ourselves from the EU those are the …

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PAL sees entry of strategic investor within 2017

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is hopeful that negotiations with a strategic investor regarding a stake in the Philippines’ flagship carrier will be completed later in the year. PAL President and Chief Operating Offier Jaime J. Bautista said that the company is willing to give up a stake equivalent to a maximum percentage allowed by law. The Philippine Constitution states that foreigners cannot own more than 40% of certain businesses, including transportation. …

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IATA optimistic on China aviation market

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) remained upbeat on the growth potential of China’s aviation industry with the country projected to become the world’s biggest passenger market in 2024. “China’s aviation development is impressive. Today, Chinese airlines and airports rank among the top 10 by passenger numbers,” said Alexandre de Juniac, the IATA’s Director General and CEO, in a news conference that was held in the Chinese capital. The IATA …

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South Africa vows to improve aviation safety

South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the White Paper on National Civil Aviation Policy with an eye on improving aviation safety in the country. “The White Paper on National Civil Aviation Policy, which promotes and enhances civil aviation safety, security and environmental compliance, was approved. It also promotes the national interest of South Africa and facilitates the expansion of trade and tourism,” said the Cabinet in a statement. In addition, the …

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European Parliament Adopts Draft Reform of Carbon Market Post 2020

The European Parliament made significant strides in reforming the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020, assuming a draft proposal that seeks the middle ground. The draft proposal was voted for 379-263 on February 15, 2017. The ETS has suffered from low prices on its excess supply of CO2 due to the financial crisis that plagued the country in 2008, and recently, the UK’s pending exit from the European Union. In …

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Ryanair chief warns UK could face NO flights to Europe in 2019

Outspoken Ryanair Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary warned of a potential flight shutdown in March of 2019 should UK ministers fail to strike a Brexit deal. The controversial chief of the Irish low-cost airline said that there might be no flights in and out of the UK, should government ministers continue to walk on the “cliff edge.” ‘There is a possibility, unlikely, but nevertheless a possibility that there may be …

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Nepal urges EU to lift airline ban

Nepal has asked the European Union (EU) to lift the ban that was imposed on their airline carriers from operating in European airspace. Nepal’s Foreign Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat requested this to European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker in a meeting that was held at the latter’s office in Brussels. Back in December of 2013, The EU banned all airlines based in Nepal from flying in the 28-nation bloc …

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Argentina approves 135 new airline routes

Argentina’s civil aviation authority approved on Monday 135 new routes for five airlines looking to operate in Latin America’s No. 3 economy at more competitive prices. The routes were approved at a public meeting that was held by Argentina’s Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). Their combined investments in Argentine flights is projected to bring in $1.7 billion over the next four years, said Argentina’s Director of Transportation, Guillermo Dietrich. The companies …

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Thai Regulator Delays Issuing New AOCs Due Skills Shortage

In an effort to raise its aviation safety standards, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will not be issuing new air operators certificates (AOCs) until the agency resolves its shortage of qualified inspectors and implements new procedures. The CAAT is currently training more personnel to supervise regulations and the strict enforcement of standards. These efforts will go a long way to bringing the country’s civil aviation safety back to …

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